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Published by Skyscape on September 26th 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, General, Historical, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.
Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.
But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.
With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?
Oh, man. This one was a ride.
I really enjoyed The Hundredth Queen and, of course, anticipated this book a great deal (thank you, Netgalley). I made the prediction in my review of book one that there may be a love triangle and I was partly right. It wasn’t between the two brothers, nope, instead it was between Deven and Prince Ashwin. I’ll mini rant about this in a sec.
In this book, there is another tournament. I was skeptical about it because at first it seemed repetitive as compared to the plot of book one, but I did enjoy it since the trials were different. Kalinda handled herself in a much different way (as in pausing to help her competitors—which was a little annoying but selfless, I know. I was like, “Kalinda just go go go. Leave them to die. It’s what they would do to you.”) But it worked out for her relatively easy.
Plot wise, I really enjoyed most of what happened. The end of the book is fun and full of action. The world is in danger. Everything looks uncertain. Havoc is descending. Good stuff right there. No idea how everything is going to be resolved in book three, The Rogue Queen. I’m looking forward to it.
But the love triangle. I do not enjoy love triangles. I hate when my pick isn’t chosen. Not going to lie sometimes it feels like plot filler. I thought Deven was okay in book one, but now I don’t really like him at all. He’s basically anger and jealousy personified now. I hope he dies or goes away. I love and adore Prince Ashwin. I have a hard time actually liking male love interests (it’s a pattern), and yet he moves my loveless heart. He’s everything. I can’t even explain. Prince Ashwin, I feel, has more substance than Deven. We knew from the moment Deven was introduced in book one what his purpose was (obvious love interest) and since then he’s been wrapped around Kalinda’s finger. I just don’t buy into their love that much.
I mean look at this:
“… I’m a monster. They fear me, but you don’t.”
“I do,” he whispers. “I fear the hold you have on my heart.”
Can Deven even compare to this? No. Prince Ashwin is precious. PRECIOUS. I am 100% seduced. #ProtectPrinceAshwin2k17
Deven, who? I don’t know him.