Title: The Hundredth Queen
Author: Emily R. King
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Date published: June 1, 2017
Page Count: 300
A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
– MY REVIEW –
I went into reading this book with the only previous knowledge being that it had received some high ratings on Goodreads. Considering that the description really appealed to me, and was the reason (in combination with that gorgeous cover) to request this title, the fact that the reception for The Hundredth Queen had been a positive one was definitely encouraging! I fell behind on my reading schedule due to my travels (I was away for 21 days with barely any time to read), and therefore got to this book a little later than I’d planned. But I was quite happy to finally dig in once I did!
The first things that I noticed when I started reading this book was that King has interesting turns of phrase, a pleasant writing style, and that The Hundredth Queen is written in the first person. Some of you may know that I am not the biggest fan of first person, but in this case I will say that it was interesting to get Kalinda’s perspective on everything that was taking place. It was also interesting to experience all of the secondary characters through Kalinda’s eyes, and I believe that the romantic plot benefited from Kalinda narrating in the first person.
This book’s plot was fairly complex, which was definitely a plus, and there were a lot of plot twists as well! For the entire last third of this book, I was not sure what the expect from the author, and I was literally on the edge of my seat for the majority of that section. I really had no idea what turn the plot would take, and that’s honestly how I prefer it. The moment I finished this book, I requested the sequel to read and review, and I really hope that I will be approved because I am eager to see where this story is headed!
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