October 09, 2017

#BookReview: The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by @Emily_R_King @Netgalley

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?

Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.

This one picks up 2 months after the ending of the first book.  This one picked up the pace and we find Kali and her friends escaping and going across the desert. 
Although book one drew me in this one did it better. You can tell how much the author has matured as a writer and man I couldn't put this one down! I really loved reading about Kali and her friends once again and I love how much she has grown as a character. 

Kalinda and Captain Deven Naik are still going on with their simmering romance that I really hope we get even more of.  I love that it wasn't really love at first sight and that it did take a little while for them to fall for each other. 

The world that the author has created was wonderful in this one we get to see so much more of the empire than we did in book one and I hope that continues into book three. 

This one has a lot of twists, turns, and a few surprises that you just don't know what is really going on and who you can trust. The Bhuta powers in this one worked out even better than book one and man o man you will be at the edge of your seat I know I was. 

 I really loved where this story is going and I can't wait to see what we get in book three coming out this Feb. 

One thing I will say that this one did not suffer from the normal book two's it was engaging and fantastic! 

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