A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Queen of Nothing is the concluding volume in The Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black. Set mostly in Faerie, the plot emphasizes courtly intrigue, but it also includes a lot of physical action. Jude and Cardan continue their tempestuous relationship, but Black does not make the love scenes too explicit. The main characters are often threatened by violence, and there are sword fights and rough magic occur throughout the book, but not a lot of bloodshed, and a dragon kills some characters. Ther's a smattering of swearing, including two or three instances of "hell" and "damn," and one or two of "f--k."
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What's the story?
As THE QUEEN OF NOTHING opens, Jude has been exiled from Faerie and forced to remain in the mortal world, thanks to her husband, Cardan. When she's called upon to rescue her twin sister, Taryn, Jude is pulled back into the deadly court court politics she thought she'd escaped. She vows to get revenge on everyone who betrayed her, and it's a long list. Meanwhile, Cardan's curse comes to fruition, and war threatens to boil over in the various kingdoms of Elfhame.
Is it any good?
After three volumes filled with adventure, romance, and sly humor, this modern-day saga of magical intrigue concludes with surprises galore. Author Holly Black orhestrates a highly satisfying ending, tying up narrative threads with panache. The only quibble might be that Cardan spends too much time sequestered from Jude. Their spiky relationship is what gives the series its oomph. Nevertheless, readers who have experienced the whole series will likely be satisfied by The Queen of Nothing and ready for more from this prolific storyteller.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how leaders are chosen in The Queen of Nothing. Are leaders selected by the governed, or do they take power on their own?
Cardan undergoes a terrible physical transformation. How should you react if a friend or loved one changes due to illness?
Jude and Cardan are often at odds. What attributes make for a successful romance or marriage?
- Author: Holly Black
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: November 19, 2019
- Number of pages: 320
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 28, 2021
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