Published by Skyscape on June 1st 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, General, Historical, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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. As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, 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.
There’s been a lot of buzz about The Hundredth Queen. And, usually, if there’s a lot of buzz, I’m typically disappointed in some shape or form. Lately, I’m been having the worst reading slump ever, and, unfortunately, the anticipated new releases have all been so-so mehs. I hoped The Hundredth Queen would be the one to pull me out of the meh book Hell, and it surprisingly did.
THQ is not by all means perfect, but it’s fast paced and entertaining. And, for once, it has a romance that I like–though technically it is instalove. I really liked Kalinda, Jaya, and all the ladies. I’m curious about what will happen to the wives and courtesans in the next book and with Kalinda and Deven. I have a feeling that there might be a love triangle in the next book considering the two brothers (one like her and one not) and based on the wording of the synopsis.
Looking forward to The Fire Queen.