“And all you have and all you are will rot away to nothing. You will be nothing. You are nothing.”
Published: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: 305 (Hardcover)
Series: Folk of the Air #3
Even though I am the queen in exile, I am still the queen.
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…
This was such a bittersweet read. It didn’t hit me that it was the finale until after I had finished and put it aside, and even now I feel a tinge of hurt thinking about how much I enjoyed this series and how sad I am to watch it come to an end.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Cruel Prince (review is old so it’s not formatted the way this one is, beware!) but The Wicked King and this one really blew me away and turned this from an okay series to a beloved series. I saw a lot of mixed reviews for this on Goodreads and it was like people thought the beginning and end of this series were just okay but the middle was great, and to an extent I agree, but let’s discuss!
This series is so intricate and it’s fair to say that these books were a wonderful work of fiction in terms of writing and plotting. I absolutely adored the way that Holly Black was able to weave together so many story lines; court politics, cultural differences between the fae, different stories from within the world itself that made for a really interesting and in-depth universe. The writing style is so eloquent and these last two books have been compulsively readable, and I was just zipping through this because I couldn’t put it down.
I will say that I thought the ending was a little predictable. Actually, I thought this whole last novel was pretty predictable in the end. Of course, I wasn’t sure where a lot of things were going to go because the author is not afraid to break our heart, but it was almost mild compared to the second novel. I’m not necessarily disappointed, I’m just a little surprised that she didn’t take this opportunity to completely crush us the way she could have, as is the norm with good YA fantasy novels. The plot wasn’t a let down, in fact I really loved the way the story unfolded, I just think there could have been a bit more uncertainty to it.
I love love love Jude and Caradan’s love story. There’s no trope I adore more than the enemies to lovers one and this whole series has completely embodied that. I think that in the land of the fae there’s nothing that is black and white, everything is so twisty and convoluted and I think that is directly reflected in their relationship, and Jude’s relationship with literally everyone. One of my favorite parts of this series is the way that you cannot trust a single person because everyone in this series is sketchy. All that treachery is addictive for a reader!
All in all I really loved this book and I really loved this series. It’s so addictive and well written and intense when it comes the plot. The romance here was just as sexy as I wanted but was understated in a way that I could appreciate. It definitely was not romance heavy the way a Sarah J. Maas novel is, but it was enough to feed my romance addiction! While I did find this somewhat predictable, I still thought it was a great end to a new favorite series! I cannot wait to see what Holly Black comes up with next!
The Folk of the Air Trilogy