The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black




He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne. 

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. 

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. 

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity… 


I just don’t even know where to start with this review. I finished the book a few days after it came out and was so disappointed in it. The Cruel Prince started with such potential, The Wicked King was good but presented some weird problems plot wise. The Queen of Nothing was an easy read that didn’t wrap up plots presented in the previous two books. It also had too many problems that were easily solved a few pages later. It’s worst crime though was that it turned Carden into a cream puff with too many happy feels.

The Queen of Nothing starts where The Wicked King left off; Jude has been banned by Carden from Elfhame and is now living in the human world with Vivi and Oak. To help support herself and her siblings she takes fae side jobs that one else will touch. This helps keep her training up and allows her to be connected to the world she was exiled from. Then one day she comes home to find her twin needing her help. Taryn needs her to return to Elfhame and pretend to be her, it’s a matter of life and death. Chaos ensues and thrusts Jude back into the deceptions and battles being waged at court.

It started with such promise and was all downhill from there. Jude and Carden’s relationship didn’t feel like a fae one anymore. This just didn’t fit in with the other two books. Don’t even get me started on the banishment scheme Carden cooked up that Jude so easily overlooked. WE KNEW how she could go back to Elfhame, she told us how at the beginning of the second book so it was disappointing that this was dragged out for as long as it was.

There were some sweet moments between Cardan and Jude that I enjoyed, but while I liked them it just didn’t fit in with the fae-ness of it all. The sexy scene was over in like half a page, which considering the steamy scenes we got in the last book was highly disappointing. Like I didn’t even realize the gig was up and had to go back and re-read it again because I thought a few pages were missing from my copy. Joke was on me.

Jude has always struggled with her relationship with Madoc and that was front and center in QoN. Their relationship was always one of my favorites, the relationship between a girl and the murderer of her parents who also loves her like a daughter and who she loves back. So complicated but do the fae ever do simple? I mean in the rest of this book they do, but never with this relationship. For one to win the other has to lose. Toss that into an already complicated relationship and it was fun to read. Madoc and Judes’ storyline was one of my favorites.

I’m going to cut myself off here because I don’t want to be too spoiler, but I think I got my unhappiness across. There needed to be more chaos and more problems that couldn’t be so easily solved. My biggest problem was how short and quick it was, just like the sex scene (which after some backtracking on Black’s part, was not actually a sex scene). The release date being moved up could have been a contributed factor. Black needed more time to cultivate her craft before releasing it into the world.

2 responses to “The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black”

  1. Susan Avatar

    Dude it took me forever to write my review too and at the end I had to combine it with my review of Toll and eat cookie dough and cinnamon rolls while I did because isssa mood. I just. Yeah.

    I feel you. She just neutered Cardan and destroyed Jude as a character. Its in my review and I’m sorry I’m not saying that as a ploy for you to read it I’m saying that bc I’m tired and I can’t get into it again. Holly Black is a brave writer and I just I wanted her to be brave for us. For them FOR HER. yeah.

    1. Aubrey @ The Shelf Life Chronicles Avatar

      No I’ll totally check it out. Even months after reading it I am still super upset and feel like my review is a tad all over the place because of it.

      Totally agree that she neutered him though. I was definitely in a deep depression of cold stone when writing mine.

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