Review of The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing [Folk of the Air]
by Holly Black
High School    Little, Brown    293 pp.   g
11/19    978-0-316-31042-0    $19.99
e-book ed.  978-0-316-31040-6    $12.99

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).

From the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine.

Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt is the coordinator of library media services at the San Diego County Office of Education.

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