Disclaimer: Do NOT read this review if you have not read “The Cruel Prince” or “The Wicked King.”
Book: Queen of Nothing
Author: Holly Black
Page Number: 305 Pages
Rating: 4/ 5 stars
The Cruel Prince: 5/5 (I rarely give out 5 stars by the way)
The Wicked King: 5/5
Queen of Nothing: 4 /5
“I hate being a fool. I hate the idea of my emotions getting the better of me, making me weak. But my fear of being a fool turned me into one.”
This is a review that pains me to write. I really wanted to love this book and had such high expectations…. QON (Queen of Nothing) just didn’t seem to have the magic that the other two books in the series had. I still devoured this book in one day but something was missing. Yet I can’t stand rating the last book of my 5th favorite series anything less than four stars, so it gets a few extra points simply out of pity.
Synopsis: Power is much easier to acquire than to hold on to. Jude has learned this the hard way after the recent betrayal she received from Cardan. Cursing herself over her stupidity, Jude now resides in the Mortal World, as a queen of nothing. Until Jude’s sister, Taryn, comes to her in search of help. One that requires Jude to venture into the Faerie World in which she is exiled from. But Elfame is not how she had left it. War is coming, and it is coming soon.
Right away, when I first got this book I was surprised at how short it was. There is no way everything can be resolved in just 305 pages! And I was right. There is still a lot of unresolved, barely touched on issues. I am predicting that this is because Holly Black has decided to keep things a bit open ended because she is thinking of a spinoff series, with Oak as the main character.
The shortness of the book also contributed to the ending being rushed, but more on that later.
“Come home and shout at me. Come home and fight with me. Come home and break my heart, if you must. Just come home.”
What I liked:
Jude: I’ve always loved Jude and considered her one of the most clever main protagonists ever. Usually I like Cardan and Jude equally, however Cardan was a huge disappointment in this book, so Jude stood out even more. Note: But I did think it was weird how Jude had become less revenge motivated in this book.
The First 75 Pages: I don’t even know why I enjoyed these pages as much as I did, but they were awesome! Spoilers: This book did not disappoint in the first 75 pages which is up until after Cardan discovers that it was Jude at the inquisition and not Taryn. I loved these initial pages because I got to read about how Jude was adjusting to the Mortal World and I got to read about the scene where Jude and Cardan meet again! *squeals*
Grima Mog: I love her!!!! And that fight scene at the beginning of the book was awesome.
Madoc’s Ending: Spoilers: I’m actually happy with the ending that Madoc gets. They all get to live together as a family again and Madoc can try to become the good father that he never was. Although there are many problems with this ending (Madoc could fill Oak’s head with propaganda and ideas for when he gets older and becomes king), I still love Madoc’s ending.
“‘It’s you I love,’ he says. ‘I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.’ He walks to the door to the royal chambers, as though to end the conversation. ‘You probably guessed as much,’ he says. ‘But just in case you didn’t.’”
Why this book was a massive disappointment:
“By you, I am forever undone”
While I didn’t like this book as much as I wanted to, I still am sad to see these characters go. Jude and Cardan will always have a special place in my heart. The Cruel Prince is a book that I will never stop recommending and even if the last installment in the series wasn’t the best, I will continue to recommend this trilogy!
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