The queen of nothing / Holly Black ; illustrations by Kathleen Jennings.

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      Summary: "As the exiled Queen of Faerie, Jude must travel back to Elfhame to help her twin sister, Taryn, and uncover how to break a dark curse threatening the whole Faerie world"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Summary: 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. Opportunity to reclaim everything he took from her arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril. But war is brewing in Elfhame. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, Jude must choose between her ambition and her humanity. -- adapted from jacket
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Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2

*Starred Review* In this closing volume to what has been an unusually strong trilogy, Black sends Jude Duarte, who was first a human spy in a faerie court (The Cruel Prince, 2018), then a seneschal to a faerie prince (The Wicked King, 2019), and is now the exiled Queen of Faerie herself, into her most fraught mission yet. Betrayed by Cardan, the High King of Faerie, her sometimes-enemy, sometimes-lover, just as they'd reached a tenuous peace, Jude is eking out a living in the mortal world when her twin sister, Taryn—herself familiar with betrayal—finds her to beg for help. Taryn needs Jude to impersonate her in Faerie, but Jude is forbidden from returning there, and the people she'll run into if she pretends to be Taryn are those most likely to see through her disguise. But Jude was never one to shy away from a challenge, and she has scores to settle, debts to pay, and a crown to claim in Faerie. She may be down, but Jude's not out; she remains a wily political thinker until the bitter end. Though Black ties up a few plotlines early on in this finale, the action remains explosive until the rewarding ending. There are even a few additional characters who turn up, adding new life to an already fresh tale. A compelling final piece in a powerful set. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The first two books in the series sold big, as did the movie rights for The Cruel Prince. Let's face it: people want this book. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #6

In a stunning act of betrayal, the High King, Cardan, exiled Jude (secretly his wife and the ostensible Queen of Faerie) to the mortal world at the end of The Wicked King (rev. 1/19). Now, at the start of this entry, Jude's estranged twin sister, Taryn, arrives with the startling news that she has murdered her husband, and requests that Jude stand in for her during the inquest at the Faerie Court. Jude reluctantly agrees and, after sneaking back into the Faerie realm, is immediately and inexorably drawn back into the ubiquitous plotting and scheming from rival factions. Through it all, she manages to foil the traitorous designs of her foster father, Madoc; find her way toward reconciliation with Cardan; and discover a measure of happiness. Black delivers a heady mix of urban fantasy, court intrigue, and romance in the climactic book of this trilogy (which began with The Cruel Prince, rev. 1/18). Jonathan Hunt November/December 2019 p.84 Copyright 2019 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.