Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Queen of Nothing
by Holly Black
#3 Folk of the Air Series

Publisher: Little, Brown
Date: 2019
Pages: 300
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 12
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

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…

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.

‘Queen of Nothing’ was the final book in the folk of the air trilogy. This was a book that I hav been looking forward to at the end of ‘Wicked King’ – The second book in the series – we were left with a shifted world, particularly for Jude, our protagonist. I was in such anticipation of how this was all going to be wrapped up and ‘Queen of Nothing’ delivered.

When it comes to Fae stories I am a huge fan of how Sarah J. Maas portrays them. ‘The Cruel Prince’ was my first experience reading Holly Black’s portrayal and I found that I was enjoying the way they were written and saw a lot of what I had read previously in her writing. ‘Queen of Nothing’ stayed true and consistent to the characters we meet in ‘Cruel Prince’ witch great growth and development.

Both Jude and Cardan show a great amount of growth from our first encounter with them. Their growth was fluid for readers – something I find very important when engaging in a story – making us want to see them succeed. They way that every was tied together and wrapped up in our final book was something that I think was done well with the limited pages we got (300 is just not enough!)

Overall, if you enjoy reading fae stories the Folk of the Air series is one that you will enjoy. Throughout the three stories we see how typical fae characters interact with humans who have known the fae world for a very long time. It’s a story that will keep you engaged and hopeful for the characters.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10

Neverseen by Shannon Messenger

by Shannon Messenger
Book #4 in the Keeper of Lost Cities Series

Publisher: Aladdin
Date: 2015
Pages: 672
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 3
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Booktopia Book Depository Dymocks

Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she’s not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it.

The Keeper of Lost Cities series is an utterly adorable one. Within the series we follow Sophie who discovers she is an Elf with extraordinary abilities and from book one chaos has ensued in a magical world filled with magnificent cities.

I’ve been completely enthralled with the development of these characters from their adventures at Foxfire to their abilities to see realities that some adults in the world are trying to ignore. These characters have all grown in confidence in themselves and each other and as this grows their abilities grow too.

There are some pretty important ideas explored in this point in the series. We’ve explored guilt multiple times in this series and in Neverseen we explore it again. We also explore the idea of people making choices that they believe is the best for their family even when to others it seems like a terrible decision. The importance of friendship is continually explored in the series as well as how to look at the world as grey as opposed to black and white.

I have been so engaged in this series from the get go. The settings are so magical and wondrous that all I want is more detail, more information and more exploration of these amazing cities. The description of every different location really grabs the reader and pulls them full force into this world.

I cannot wait to keep reading this expansive series. I honestly just want more and more of this world and these characters. Honestly you will both laugh out loud and cry or maybe that was just me!

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars: 4.5/5

Review: ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘Queen of Shadows’

By Sarah J. Maas

Book #4 in the Throne of Glass Series

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date: 2015
Pages: 648
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 5
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

This book had so much in it! I was constantly on edge reading it because there was constantly something going on and something about to happen, no wonder I finished it so quickly!

Celaena has returned to the Rifthold and she is there with a vengeance. There are so many different plans in place that Celaena is trying to complete that honestly I don’t know how she had so many things up in the air and seemed so calm all of the time. She can be such a stoic character. I loved her character development throughout the story and really wanted to continue following her adventure.

The plot overall really bring a lot of things together as well as continuing the story for the next 4 books. We are really making headway into the final stretch of the story, given its a very long stretch but we are getting there. The different points of view really lend to the story and help to develop the overall plot much more than if we were to only follow Celaena. These are characters give more depth to the story as well as developing the characters deeply.

This is by far my favourite book in the series so far and I am so excited to continue on with the series and cannot wait to jump into ‘Empire of Storms’.

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ Series?

Review: ‘Assassin’s Blade’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘The Assassin’s Blade’

By Sarah J. Maas

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 435
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 9
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle  Audible Booktopia Book Depository Dymocks QBD

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

First of all, how did I not know that this book was a compilation of 5 novella prequel stories to ‘Throne of Glass’?

Honestly, sometimes I think I’m living under a rock.

Each of the novellas (I have no idea what else to call them) follows the key months before Celaena is captured.

It was really interesting to read about Celaena before she went to Endovier and to see her evolution as a person. You can really see the humanity and the assassin within her. She is a wonderfully written character full of contradictions.

These novellas also explore the world of ‘Throne of Glass’. I found myself referring to the map more frequently and I really found that it helps immerse readers in the world, or at least I felt that way.

We meet a lot of the ‘Underworld’ characters throughout these novellas which really allowed us as readers to learn who Celaena was dealing with growing up and before she was captured.

Overall I think this series of novellas is a great edition to the Throne of Glass series.

Plot: 7,5/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:   4.5/5

Have you read ‘Assassin’s Blade’? What were your thoughts?

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