Title: The Hundredth Queen
By: Emily R. King
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Audience: Young Adult
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: It has been a long time since I've picked up a book and enjoyed it from cover to cover. The Hundredth Queen took me to a world full of hidden magic and dueling women who fight for survival. The story took so many twist and turns, I was always left guessing at what was to come next. I loved the characters. They seemed real and full of depth. Five stars for Emily R. King.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.