The Queen of Nothing is the final book of the Folk of the Air trilogy and turned out for me to be an exciting and quite satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. This was a series I’d been hearing about a lot, so I decided to give The Cruel Prince a try, and found myself enjoying it so much that I promptly ordered The Wicked King, and once it was out, also the Queen of Nothing.
In the series, Jude and her twin sister Taryn live in Faerie after their parents are brutally killed. There, even though they are brought up among the gentry and given all the advantages, they are looked down upon and targeted by many including the ‘Cruel Prince’ of the title, Cardan. While both sisters want to fit into Faerie, Taryn wants to take the traditional path (getting married) while Jude craves power (somewhat like their father Madoc). (Their older sister Vivi, on the other hand, choses to move to and live in the human world.) But while Jude does act upon her wishes and finds herself in the court and in a position of power, alongside there is also plenty of danger—on more than one occasion she comes rather close to losing her life. The first two instalments were full of twists and turns, with many of the characters acting unexpectedly, power games playing out with bloodshed and betrayal, and also some romance as well, and of course a shocking twist at the end (of both).
Trying to keep this as spoiler free for the earlier books as well, as the result of the events of the previous book, Jude finds herself in the human world, banished from Faerie, living with Vivi and little Oak, and trying to make a living among the Faerie folk there—of course taking up ‘missions’ that are far from tame. Here her twin Taryn visits suddenly with a shocking revelation and a request for help. This means Jude would have to return to Faerie and run the risk of being caught breaking her exile. But she agrees all the same—and the visit that should have been a short one of course turns out not to be that at all as she finds herself landing amidst politics and conspiracy. Meanwhile a prophecy surrounding Cardan also seems to be playing out which doesn’t bode well for him; on the other hand, Cardan himself ends up surprising her yet again. How will things end—well of course, but one has to read on to see just how!
This third instalment was once again very exciting and fast paced and once I started I found myself pretty-much racing through it. Between the prophecy and the magic involved in it that is playing out and the political games to overthrow the King and take over the crown, there is plenty of action once again—lesser bloodshed than I expected, though. And like the first two instalments, once again we see more secrets revealed, and some betrayal (though again tamer may be, compared to the previous books). If you’re wondering about the snake on the cover, that was a surprise I didn’t see coming, while I wasn’t at first liking how that angle of the story was going, I rather enjoyed the almost fairy-tale way it was resolved—not the usual fairy tale path but still one. I also enjoyed meeting our old friends from the court of shadows and seeing how things turn out for them as well.
This was a great deal of fun and a series I really enjoyed a lot—fast-paced, gripping, and very exciting all through, and all wrapped up very nicely indeed! Definitely on my favourites list!
Have you read this series? How did you like it? Looking forward to your thoughts!
Cover picture: Mine for a change!