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?
"Death has a stench, and it is not decaying flesh but the bitter scent of smoke clawing into my pores."
enjoyed this book just as much as the first one! I was enthralled from
the beginning and had a hard time putting the book down (I'm two hours
behind in my chores!!).
Kalinda is the same brave woman we watched
grow in book 1 but now she feels guilt for making bargains to save her
empire and those bargains didn't quite work out.
Deven is still the devoted guard who wants to help and protect everyone.
two are separated and a new "man" comes on the scene: Prince Ashwin. He
is instantly enamored with Kali. Unfortunately for him, he looks just
like his daddy who Kali killed: Turek.
There are also new friends
added, who I really like, and new relationships. There was tons of
palace intrigue that I thought Kali could dismiss because of who she was
and how strong she is but that didn't happen. There are reasons...
I was so annoyed and frustrated with certain characters that I didn't mind when they were no longer part of the story. :)
Kali has a decision to make: be set free or defend her people. It's a big decision with lives and love in the balance.
King does a great job developing characters and worlds and pulling
readers in from the beginning (and the readers don't get the floors
mopped because they. can't. stop. reading!).
I WILL read the third book! I can't wait to see what happens next!
Violence: fighting, whipping, death