The Queen of Nothing Age Rating, Parents Guide, Summary 2019
The Queen of Nothing Age Rating, Parents Guide, Summary 2019
The Queen of Nothing Age Rating, Parents Guide, Summary 2019
The Queen of Nothing Age Rating, Parents Guide, Summary 2019

The Queen of Nothing of Holly Black is the third book in the series of THE FOLK OF THE AIR. The Queen of Nothing follows Jude and Cardan as they face not just Madoc who is hungry for the power and position of the throne, but also the extent of their love for each other.

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Book Name The Queen of Nothing
Author Holly Black
Genre Fantasy, Young Adult
Series The Folk of the Air#3
Age Rating 14+
Preceded by The Wicked King
 Date of Publication November 19th, 2019
No. of Page 336
Publisher Little Brown Books for Young Readers


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The Folk of the Air is a young adult, fantasy book series by Holly Black Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers. List of the Books under The Folk of the Air Series are:

  • The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air#1) 
  • The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) 
  • The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) 

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her down in the mortal world.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking for a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal.

When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

The Queen of Nothing Age Rating

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black is rated for the ages between 14+. I feel any younger wouldn’t understand or enjoy it as much. There is a very vague sex scene in this one which might not be good for younger teens. The Queen of Nothing is definitely more mature than the previous 2.

The Queen of Nothing Parents Guide

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Cardan and Jude are intimate. The s3x is a bit much for younger teens, definitely more mature than the previous 2.
The scene is described as “Then I fumble my way into what I think is the right position. Gasp as our bodies slide together. He holds me steady through the sharp, bright spark of pain. I bite his palm. Everything is fast and hot, and I am kind of in control and out of control at the same time… When we’re finished, he kisses me,”
As with the other books in this series, there is a lot of violence, mainly with stabbings.
Sword fights and rough magic occur throughout the book, but there’s not a lot of bloodsheds. A dragon kills some characters.
One or two scenes of Faerie revels where alcohol is consumed.
Cardan throughout the series is seen with a drink in his hand often. He is cruel and uses alcohol to avoid his problems. 
There is a few instances of bad language but not much. Two or three instances of “hell” or “damn,” and one or two of “f–k.”
Jude is very loyal to those she loves and wants to help her country. She is brave and strong. Unfortunately, she often sees violence as a solution (murder) and does not display remorse for her violent actions. She is also extremely ambitious and often arrogant. She manipulated and hurts others for political power.


“Come home and shout at me. Come home and fight with me. Come home and break my heart, if you must.”
― Holly Black, The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing Summary

He will be the 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 twin sister, Taryn, whose 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. [Publishers]

The Queen of Nothing Characters

  • Jude Duarte: High Queen of Elfhame, Eva and Justin’s daughter.
  • Cardan Greenbriar: High King of Elfhame.
  • Madoc: Former Grand General of Elfhame.
  • Taryn Duarte: Eva and Justin’s daughter, Jude’s twin sister.
  • Vivienne “Vivi” Duarte: Eva and Madoc’s daughter. 
  • Oriana: Eldred’s former lover, Liriope’s friend; Madoc’s wife; Oak’s foster mother.
  • Oak Greenbriar: Liriope and Dain’s son, Oriana, and Madoc’s foster son.
  • Locke: Elfhame’s former Master of Revels; Liriope’s son.
  • Nicasia: Princess of the Undersea; Orlagh’s daughter; Cardan’s former girlfriend; Locke’s former fling
  • Balekin Greenbriar: Former ambassador of the Undersea; Eldred’s eldest son. 
  • Orlagh: Queen of the Undersea; Nicasia’s mother.
  • Van aka The Roach: Member of the Court of Shadows; Dain’s former spy and theft expert; Liliver’s lover.
  • Liliver aka The Bomb: Member of the Court of Shadows; Dain’s former spy and explosives expert; Van’s lover.
  • Garrett aka The Ghost: Member of the Court of Shadows; Dain’s former spy and shooting expert; Taryn’s lover.
  • Heather: Vivi’s mortal girlfriend.
  • Grima Mog: Former general of the Court of Teeth; Grand General of Elfhame.
  • Dain Greenbriar: Taniot and Eldred’s son; Balekin, Elowyn, Rhyia, Caelia, and Cardan’s half-brother.
  • Lady Asha: Eldred’s consort; Cardan’s mother
  • Valerian: Cardan, Locke, and Nicasia’s former friend.

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The Queen of Nothing Review

A plot with twists and turns, and interesting family dynamics. Jude and her conquest for power and control and her got and cold relationship with High King Cardan. Awesome plot, fantastic characters, and beautiful scenery. I thought the second book was the best of the three, but this one was a good ending. I liked where the characters ended up, and I enjoyed the twisty plot immensely.

This is a great finale to a great series. Jude is a strong role model for young women, Cardan becomes a lot softer and sweeter. The Queen of Nothing is a wonderful addition to The Folk of the Air series. There are plenty of plot twists evolved and heaps of warm feels!!!

“I missed you,” I whisper against his skin and feel dizzy with the intimacy of the admission, feel more naked than when he could see every inch of me. “In the mortal world, when I thought you were my enemy, I still missed you.”
“My sweet nemesis, how glad I am that you returned.”
― Holly Black, The Queen of Nothing


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