Thursday, July 20, 2017
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
Author: Emily R. King
Published: June 1st, 2017
Paperback: 300 pages
FTC FYI: I received a copy from Amazon First Prime Reading/purchased a copy. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.
Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.
In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.
The Hundredth Queen is a beautifully crafted story. Kalinda is a champion. I loved her virtues and vulnerability and how she transformed into an impressive force to be reckoned with. Tarek was written well, as were all the characters. Each character was a well-developed mystery that I enjoyed immensely. Deven was wonderful, really all the character were. Some were surprising and unexpected. The story was heart pounding and well done. It was violent at times, but written accurately. Many exciting twists.
5 out of 5 stars. I am eagerly awaiting the next book!
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