Review – The Warrior Queen by Emily R. King

Title The Warrior Queen (The Hundredth Queen #4)

Author Emily R. King

Description from Amazon

Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.

But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.

Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far—mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.

She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before…

Initial Thoughts

I was excited to start this book. Since The Rogue Queen ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I was pretty eager to learn what happened to Deven and Kali. I do feel like I should mention, I have been disappointed in four-book series before. I have found that, of the ones I’ve read, they probably would have been better as a trilogy. I was hoping that wouldn’t be the case here.

Some Things I Liked

  • Gods and mortals. We finally got some clarity on the many gods we had heard about in the first three books. I was glad to see that they were characters in this story as opposed to abstract fairy tales.
  • Ashwin’s POV. I really liked the additional POV we got to experience in this book. Once again, I think it added a richness to the story that allowed the reader to be in multiple settings at once. Once chapter you were traveling with Kali, next you were in the Void with Deven, and still, you could also have an eye on everything going on in the palace with Ashwin.
  • Reincarnation. I liked that the subject of reincarnation was used in this story. Everything came full circle and I really liked that.

Series Value

I really enjoyed this series. I finished the whole thing in under two weeks. That’s a the mark of a strong series in my opinion. I wanted to keep listening and I found the story captivating. I also think there is a lot of sequel potential and this is a world I would enjoy revisiting (even with new characters).

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this series. I loved the Indian influences, the characters, and the storylines in all four books. Emily R. King is definitely an auto-buy author in my opinion and I can’t wait to see what other stories she comes up with.

Additionally, this book did not fall victim to the rule of four. This was definitely meant to be a four book series as each book had a distinct plot and point.

Please note, this title is free on 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.
  • Reflection by Elizabeth Lim – if you liked the idea of someone traveling to the underworld to rescue a friend, you’d love this book. It’s all the best parts of Mulan with some of the plot of Hercules. Disney fans, this one is for you 😉.
  • The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi – if you liked the idea of a mortal traveling to the world of the gods (and the underworld) definitely give this book a try in December 2019.

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