Title The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2)
Author Emily R. King
Description from Amazon
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?
I loved the first book in this series and it left me wanting so much more. I started this book the next day after finishing The Hundredth Queen.
Some Things I Liked
- Adding Deven’s POV. I really liked that we got a different perspective in this book. Also, since Deven and Kalinda are not together for a large portion of the book, it allowed for multiple story lines to coexist neatly.
- The new relationship between Natesha and Kalinda. I really enjoyed that we got to see their friendship grow in this book. While I miss Jaya, I am glad Kali isn’t alone.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
- The love triangle. Yes, I’m ranting about how I hate love triangles again. But, I have a really good reason for not liking this one. Ashwin is Kali’s cousin. First cousin. I don’t like that. No no no, that’s no good. I just don’t see him as a valid love interest, but apparently he does see himself that way. I didn’t like that.
Once again, I feel like this book left me wanting more. I’ve been known to abandon series after two books but this one still has its hooks in me. I am definitely going to continue the series.
I still like this series a lot. I think it’s built on an impressive world, given us romance, political intrigue, cool magic, and so much more. I like the cultural references and the rich descriptions. There are some iffy elements to the characters (first cousins, Kalinda being bratty at times, etc.) but, I did enjoy it overall. Also, side note, I am not a fan of the narrator for Deven’s chapters. His voice is kinda weird and he pronounces words differently from Kali’s narrator (which got a little confusing at points but I figured it out).
Please also note, this title is available for free with Kindle Unlimited!
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King – if you enjoyed the writing style in The Hundredth Queen, definitely check out Emily R. King’s new series, The Evermore Chronicles. Two books are out now with book three releasing in December 2019.
- The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King – if you like this series, do yourself a favor and read the next book. Things get crazy!
- Fireblood by Elly Blake – if you enjoyed the elemental magic and world building in this series, definitely check out the Frostblood series by Elly Blake. Please note, the second book, Fireblood, has some strong parallels to this book (I’m talking about love triangles for everybody who like to torture themselves with them 😉).