At the devastating end of The Wicked King, Jude is left scrambling to pick up the shambles of her life. As the exiled Queen of Faery, a title that no one else knows she wears, she struggles to adapt to her old way of life in the mortal world. Slowly working through her pain, betrayal and loss, Jude begins to accept small jobs from Fae to practice her hard-earned skills. However, one disastrous job leads her back into the world of Faery, where she realizes that her feelings for Cardan may not be completely gone.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
This is the dazzling conclusion to the Folk of the Air trilogy. It is admirable and upholds the same value and quality of the first two books. The story surprised me at every turn. What I love most are the complex relationships and character struggles as they grapple with who they were and who they want to be. Black delves into the deepest corners of every connection, skillfully revealing character growth as she goes. Every character is wholly developed and individual. The parallels between Madoc’s and Jude’s stories sent me into tears time after time. Longing to be different, but at the same time ambitious in exactly the same way draws them and pulls them apart in a dance of father-daughter dynamics. Side characters drive and direct the story forward with individual arcs of growth.
I do wish that Taryn's story and the relationship with her sister Jude were more developed. At times, her decisions felt sudden and were not explained very well. The ending was wrapped up too neatly, with every loose end tied off. This resolution is satisfying in some ways, but I was looking for a deeper and more realistic finish to one of the most enthralling tales I’ve ever read. Even so, this book is completely worth reading. Overall Rating: 4.5 stars
Amazing characters, suspense, and fabulous tension combine in a "dazzling" conclusion to the Folk of the Air trilogy.
The plot contains violence and sexual references/situations.
This is the third and final installment in a fairy tale fantasy about a fae queen who comes from the mortal world.
Enjoy this for fun reading.
13 and Up
13 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 13
Buy the trilogy. The story is fascinating and readers will want to revisit the Faerie Court with Jude again.