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 own in the mortal world. When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan. 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.
“‘Mock me all you like. Whatever I imagined then, now it is I who would beg and grovel for a kind word from your lips.’ His eyes are black with desire. ‘By you, I am forever undone.'”
“‘It’s you I love,’ he says. ‘I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.’ He walks to the door to the royal chambers, as though to end the conversation. ‘You probably guessed as much,’ he says. ‘But just in case you didn’t.'”
“And yet my heart is buried with you in the strange soil of the mortal world, as it was drowned with you in the cold waters of the undersea. It was yours before I could ever admit it, and yours it shall ever remain.”
“I feel like a constellation of wounds, held together with string and stubbornness.”
This book is the final book in the Folk of the Air series. It follows Jude as she tries to adjust to her exile in the human world. Of course, Jude won’t stay away for long and we get to see her back with Carden trying to come to terms with her feelings for him. If you have been keeping up with the series so far than you know all about the main characters but if you haven’t been then I’ll give you a quick rundown.
Jude isn’t your typical female lead; she’s been training to fight her whole life and constantly looking to remain in control. Meanwhile, Carden is a prince turned king who had no interest in becoming king yet finds himself on the throne and being manipulated by Jude behind the scenes. All the while, the two of them aren’t sure if they love or hate each other which makes for a tense romance.
I won’t give any spoilers away with how this book ends up in terms of the ship or just the plot overall, but I do have to say I wish that the book (and the whole series) lasted longer. I wasn’t too sure when the series started if I was going to enjoy it but I’m really glad I stuck with it. I am also happy with how it ended, despite ending too soon.
Overall, if you love fiction, fantasy, and romance, this series is for you. Black did an amazing job at creating a world that is totally unique and twisting a tale that will leave you constantly wanting more.