Sunday, January 22, 2023

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black - HIGH

The Queen of Nothing (Folk of Air #2) by Holly Black
, 305 pages. Little Brown, 2019. $13

Language: PG (6 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (brief, undescriptive sex); Violence: R (High body count, murder and attempts of murder, a cannibal)



Jude has lost. The exiled High Queen of Elfhame, Jude has lost her husband, her power, and her world. She spends her days missing the magic, the scheming, and, as much as she hates it, Cardan. So when her twin sister Taryn arrives needing a favor and baring an opportunity to go back into Faerieland, Jude cannot refuse, and she soon learns that Elfhame is not how she left it. War is coming, prophecies are fulfilling, and curses are awakening.

The Queen of Nothing is a stunning conclusion to this brilliantly constructed trilogy. If anything, this series gets better as it progresses and the first two novels can almost be viewed as prequals that introduce and familiarize the reader with the world and characters so that one may fully appreciate the climax. This series is LGBTQIA+ friendly and violence heavy, including many undescriptive murders but it talks about death and blood quite a lot. 

Sierra Finlinson 

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