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Review: The Fire Queen by Emily R. King

October 2nd, 2017 by dsuzuki

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: September 26, 2017

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: The Hundredth Queen #2

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

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?

My Thoughts:

I just have to start off saying how much I love the covers of The Fire Queen and the first book, The Hundredth Queen! They’re absolutely gorgeous and were the first thing that caught my eye. But even better is that the story itself entirely lived up to the covers. I loved The Hundredth Queen and could not wait to read The Fire Queen.

The book picks up right where book 1 stops off as Kalinda and Deven are fleeing after killing the Rajah Tarek and are seeking Tarek’s son. Sadly Kalinda and Deven spend most of this book separated as are Natesa and Yatin which is disappointing. Their interactions were some of my favorite parts of The Hundredth Queen. The story line is just as engrossing as the first book but I did not like the story arc of the romantic triangle between Prince Ashwin, Kalinda and Deven. I felt it was unnecessary and the attraction of Prince Ashwin to Kalinda was way too out of the blue to me.

I did love seeing so much more of the bhutas in action and the competition between the 4 bhuta women was enthralling. I only wish we had seen a little more character development for Princess Citra. It felt like she was being setup as another Natesa character in which she starts off as the biggest villain but we see glimpses of a better person in how loving she is towards her younger sister and how protective she is of her. However, we never see that same growth that we see in Natesa which was a disappointment.

So all in all I loved the first book and had high expectations. The second book fell a little short as often happens but I still have high hopes for the next book. Definitely a worth while reading series!

Find it online:

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Book 1 – The Hundredth Queen

Book 3 Coming February 2018 – The Rogue Queen

 

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