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Title:
The queen of nothing
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9780316310420
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1st ed.
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308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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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?
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.
He will be the 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...


Author Notes

Holly Black was born in West Long Branch, New Jersey on November 10, 1971. She graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994.

Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale was published in 2002 and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. Her other works include The Spiderwick Chronicles written with Tony DiTerlizzi, Ironside, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Iron Trial (Magisteruim Book 1) and The Copper Gauntlet (Magisteruim Book 2) written with Cassandra Clare, and The Darkest Part of the Forest. Valiant won the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. She also won the Young-Adult Prize in the Indies Choice Book Awards 2015 for The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Black and Clare's Magisterium Series has received both critical and popular acclaim appearing on numerous bestseller lists including The New York Times bestseller list in the Young Adult category.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Horn Book Review

In a stunning act of betrayal, the High King, Cardan, exiled Jude (secretly his wife and the ostensible Queen of Faerie) to the mortal world at the end of The Wicked King (rev. 1/19). Now, at the start of this entry, Jude's estranged twin sister, Taryn, arrives with the startling news that she has murdered her husband, and requests that Jude stand in for her during the inquest at the Faerie Court. Jude reluctantly agrees and, after sneaking back into the Faerie realm, is immediately and inexorably drawn back into the ubiquitous plotting and scheming from rival factions. Through it all, she manages to foil the traitorous designs of her foster father, Madoc; find her way toward reconciliation with Cardan; and discover a measure of happiness. Black delivers a heady mix of urban fantasy, court intrigue, and romance in the climactic book of this trilogy (which began with The Cruel Prince, rev. 1/18). Jonathan Hunt November/December 2019 p.84(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Broken people, complicated families, magic, and Faerie politics: Black's back.After the tumultuous ending to the last volume (marriage, exile, and the seeming collapse of all her plots), Jude finds herself in the human world, which lacks appeal despite a childhood spent longing to go back. The price of her upbringing becomes clear: A human raised in the multihued, multiformed, always capricious Faerie High Court by the man who killed her parents, trained for intrigue and combat, recruited to a spy organization, and ultimately the power behind the coup and the latest High King, Jude no longer understands how to exist happily in a world that isn't full of magic and danger. A plea from her estranged twin sends her secretly back to Faerie, where things immediately come to a boil with Cardan (king, nemesis, love interest) and all the many political strands Jude has tugged on for the past two volumes. New readers will need to go back to The Cruel Prince (2018) to follow the complexitiespolitical and personal side plots aboundbut the legions of established fans will love every minute of this lushly described, tightly plotted trilogy closer. Jude might be traumatized and emotionally unhealthy, but she's an antihero worth cheering on. There are few physical descriptions of humans and some queer representation.Whether you came for the lore or the love, perfection. (Fantasy. 14-adult) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In this closing volume to what has been an unusually strong trilogy, Black sends Jude Duarte, who was first a human spy in a faerie court (The Cruel Prince, 2018), then a seneschal to a faerie prince (The Wicked King, 2019), and is now the exiled Queen of Faerie herself, into her most fraught mission yet. Betrayed by Cardan, the High King of Faerie, her sometimes-enemy, sometimes-lover, just as they'd reached a tenuous peace, Jude is eking out a living in the mortal world when her twin sister, Taryn herself familiar with betrayal finds her to beg for help. Taryn needs Jude to impersonate her in Faerie, but Jude is forbidden from returning there, and the people she'll run into if she pretends to be Taryn are those most likely to see through her disguise. But Jude was never one to shy away from a challenge, and she has scores to settle, debts to pay, and a crown to claim in Faerie. She may be down, but Jude's not out; she remains a wily political thinker until the bitter end. Though Black ties up a few plotlines early on in this finale, the action remains explosive until the rewarding ending. There are even a few additional characters who turn up, adding new life to an already fresh tale. A compelling final piece in a powerful set. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The first two books in the series sold big, as did the movie rights for The Cruel Prince. Let's face it: people want this book.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2010 Booklist