Oh this was deliciously and wickedly exquisite.
Look, let me tell you how desperate I was to read this book. SO DESPERATE. For the first time in my life, I was in a bookstore ON release day to BUY A BOOK. This never happens to me because (1) I usually live in tiny towns without bookstores who stock new releases, (2) I prefer to buy things online anyway…less humans. But, okay I really hate being spoiled for these and apparently tons of bookstores in the USA put Queen of Nothing out early because I was seeing ti everywhere on instagram and pining away to my death.😫But I got it!!!! They had to unpack it from out back for me though. Smh. People, it’s: 9:30am why is it not on the shelves.
But it was so so perfect. It was thoroughly everything I wanted.
All spoilers in this review will be hidden!
“By you, I am forever undone.”
I AM SO EXHAUSTED RIGHT NOW. I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN. I was so anxious waiting for it. I read it in a single afternoon. ANXIOUS. CLENCHED JAW.
For me the whole book was: Surprising. Captivating. Twisty. Phenomenal.
It’s easy to go into finales with intolerably high expectations, with this idea already set in concrete in our minds, of what the author has to do to make it “a perfect finale”. I’m trying to shake myself out of that habit, honestly. It ends up with me not loving books too much. I wanted to enjoy what Holly Black envisioned for the finale. 😍And YES I still had things I wanted — I really wanted it to be clever and brutal, dark, but also satisfying. I didn’t want a tragic ending okay?!?! I am sOFT. I needed hope.
And gah it gave me everything I wanted. We got the Jude and Cardan moments, this extraordinarily crafted arc for Cardan where we both see and understand why he is the cruel prince — and then we see how he isn’t shallow. The tricks, the lies, the encouragement that made him this way. I also don’t ever feel the book pardoned him for it? Cardan was wicked, and he paid for it. But when he was kind, he reaped those benefits too. When people yell about Cardan/Jude being toxic — I want to say YES IT IS BUT SEE HOW IT IS AN EXPLORATION OF DEALING WITH THAT. There is no happiness or resolution or resignation for the toxicity. It is dismantled, and I just am over here — clenches fist — relieved and impressed.
Also the plot is just packed with both lovely domestic moments (me: cheering every time Jude gets a freaking nap) and wicked ploys and plots, wrangled mind games, and the most SHOCKING PLOT TWISTS. It isn’t heavily like “battle” action featured, but the series has never been. I like how it kept with the theme of espionage and bargains.
High stakes and fates in peril. Stress was at maximum level of SUFFERING. Gah, I freaking adored this. Wicked fae and poisonous beauty and monstrous loves are just all my brand of favourites in books. I am starry eyed, content, and invigorated right now. All I ask for in a series finale. 😌👌🏻
“We have lived in our armour for so long, you and I. And now I am not sure if either of us knows how to remove it.”
“Is this another riddle?” I ask. “And if I answer it, will you go back to kissing me?”
“If that’s what you want.”
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…
“Mortals are fragile,” I say.
“Not you,” he says in a way that sounds a little like a lament. “You never break.”
Which is ridiculous, as hurt as I am. I feel like a constellation of wounds, held together with string and stubbornness. Still, I like hearing it. I like everything he’s saying all too well.
That boy is your weakness.
what did you think of the finale?! 😍 tell me if you get nervous for excited for finales! do you read them straight away or procrastinate a bit?