The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)

by Emily R. King

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.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, 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.

Reviewed by sstaley on

4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It took a while to get things rolling in the book but once it picks up, things move along quickly. This world is so different and I enjoyed reading a book set in a new place. I liked the characters in this novel, even the evil ones. Emily has a way with words and readers will be captivated by the vivid description of events. I started the next book as soon as I could.

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