The Hundredth Queen
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, 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 ...more
As for a violence rating, the first hand violence experienced by the narrator is not PG. A lot of people get murdered kind of graphically. It's certainly not the worst, but there's more violence than many YAF books. There are a number of descriptions of blood-spurting deaths happening in front of the narrator. Sex slaves have to fight each other to the death in an arena and a number of women die that way in the story.(less)
The lead soldier is the clearest to make out; his long legs taper from narrow hips and a boxy, solid chest. He is the first man I have seen in person. My eyes widen to take him in. He is more fascinating than the chapel murals of the sky-god, Anu, and his son, Enlil, the fire-god.
^This is on the third page; the first time the MC meets the guy who - surprise! - will become the love interest.
Every now and then, I like to take a break from my TBR. I'll either pick up a classic I've always been me ...more
Tremors rack my body. I cover my mouth, locking in a gasp. Rajah Tarek is here. The ruler of the Tarachand Empire has come to Samiya. I hold still, my flesh shivering.
I promised myself I would not DNF The Hundredth Queen. As I slogged through, wading across pages of murk and badly written metaphors, I thought to myself, "I'm almost there. The end is nigh. What is the point in dropping this book now?"
But I quickly realised that finishing this book was not worth sacrificing my sanity over. No ...more
I do, however, appreciate how many books I've read lately that don't feature a bad boy love interest who is rude to the protagonist but secretly loves them. More good guy love interests 2K17.
Okay, lemme just clarify some things and maybe weed out some people who probably shouldn't even give this book a try. This story has instalove. This story involves a culture where the females are owned as property. It's backwards as heck. The females have no power and their best lot in life is to:
1) Get "claimed" by a kind man as wife
2) Live a life in a temple of women, devoted to the gods
3) Be a favored courtesan
4) Live somewhere in a hypothetical wilderness or land that isn't run by an empero ...more
The rank fightin ...more
4 “fight for freedom” stars
Words of a cover junkie: I think the cover is just gorgeous! Seriously just take two minutes to admire it and tell me it’s not awesome. I could frame it and never tire of watching it.
Emily R King is a new author to me but after reading the enthusiastic reviews of other blogger friends I was really intrigued. I discovered a very talented author gif ...more
If you are worried about spoilers you should stop reading here.
The best part of this book was the vill ...more
The writing here is average and definitely awkward at times. The plot twists are predictable and the relationships are a bit forced/hollow. Buuuut it's still entertaining in parts and I kept reading because there's a freaking princess/guard trope and it gets me EVERY TIME.
The basic idea is that Kali can only leave the remote compound she ...more
I have so many questions.
- Why didn't anybody tell me how bad this was?
- Why did I fall for the pretty cover yet again?
- Why didn't I DNF'd it?
- Why YA fantasy isn't really fantasy at all?
- Why did I spend $2 on it?
I do have to say that this had tons of potential. Tons! But sadly it was all wasted away. Partly because of the super Insta-romance, and partly because of the very detached writing.
I have never read a book where writing was both very good and very, very bad. The beginning ...more
A tale of how a sickly orphan girl named Kalinda, raised by the sisterhood in a fictional Ancient India/Sumeria esque setting, can fight and rise to be the most powerful Queen in her land. The story is told completely through the eyes of Kalinda and is written so well that you can see and feel as she does. Starting with her preparati ...more
I'm shocked to see some of these ratings. If I read this in high school, I know I would've been going to class with only a few hours of sleep. The younger version of me that loved Hunger Games and Twilight would have LOVED this book.
This story has everything I enjoy. A strong heroine. Unbreakable sisterhood. Magical encounters. I couldn't put this down!
Yes, there is an insta-love chemistry, but I didn't find anything wrong with it. It's well written and extremely creative.
Look, frankly, I was wary about this book. I was giving it the benefit of the doubt but I am always wary about authors writing about a culture such as this one. It's not that I think they didn't do their research well... it's that I just don't think they'll be able to tell this culture's story well. As it should be told, if that makes sense.
Anyway, despite that, I went into it still hoping I'd li ...more
I originally picked up this book via kindle and I realized I couldn't do it.
Several months later I keep seeing the freaking cover on my Amazon feed and I finally got the audio because sometimes I like the audio more than the kindle version.
The female narrator is fantastic and I kept on listening because of her.
But at the end of the day I couldn't take the plot / summary / storyline, basically the freakin' book.
This book will give you rage. Like powerful an ...more
I just really can't.
Another case of getting sucked in by arranged marriages and courtesans and forbidden lurve. Serves me right. Be right back while I try to recover my diminished IQ.
1) Entertaining. Badly entertaining. Until 60% through w ...more
This book was an ALMOST five star for me. Only one thing held it back . . . but that was a big enough issue, I struggled to get passed it sometimes . . .
Full review on my website!
I. JUST. CAN'T. I hate DNFing an ARC, but no thanks.
My overall reaction:
I gave this a solid shot, and by 73% I am baffled by the lack of romantic development, despite there being a huge romantic element. I get instant attraction, but really? instant attraction to the first man you've seen, and despite the ramifications of possible DEATH you risk your life and their's for someone you hardly know?
You also hate someone for something you have been groomed ...more
"Snowy mountains tear into the ashen sky, their jagged peaks pearly, like wolverine fangs."
So starts one of the best books I've read this year. Why? Why is it one of my favorites? I got sucked into the book, characters, story and couldn't pull myself out. Heart-pounding adventure, romance and intrigue. Wow. So well written. Ms. King's words are mesmerizing and kept me reading long after I should have been asleep.
Kalinda is an orphan, raised by the Sisterhood, destined to quiet and ...more
“Let the sky lead me, the land ground me, the fire cleanse me, and the water feed me.”
The Hundredth Queen is an imaginative fantasy that blends beautiful imagery and persistent characters. We follow Kalinda, an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, as she’s chosen to be the hundredth queen for the tyrant Rajah Tarek. Kali must fight for her place in the palace, while hiding a dangerous secret about herself. The Hundredth Queen is filled with mystery, romance, and a beautifully imagined world of pow ...more
I really enjoyed this book. This is the story of Kali who without meaning too catches the attention of the king and becomes the hundredth Rani. Because she is the hundredth Rani any of the other wives and courtesans can challenge her to a duel. The bad part is that Kali sucks at fighting. She is of a sickly complex and suffers constant fevers. But she discovers a lot of things about her se...more
"We are all half-demon, half-god. The demon half being the mortal side that continually errs, and the godly half being the side that strives to improve. In each life, we endeavor to raise our standing and become closer to everlasting perfection."
Eighteen year old Kalinda is an orphan ward, raised by the sisterhood. She has been plagued by fevers all her life and because of this, it is doubtful that she will ever be chosen to leave as a benefactors wife, courtesan or even servant. She is j ...more
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3.5 / 5
The Hundredth Queen had a strong opening: Kalinda is at mountain temple that raises young girls; in exchange for funding, any nobleman may visit the Sisterhood temple and choose a young woman to be a servant, courtesan, or wife. When Rajah Tarek arrives at the temple to choose his hundredth wife, Kalinda is shocked to be chosen; she had been hoping to be passed on by, free to devote her life to the Sister ...more
I should have read the “comparable to The Wrath and the Dawn” and realized this book wouldn’t have been for me. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was good enough and the world is pretty interesting, but the story and the characters were just not hitting the spot for me.
Kali is our main girl here and she Rajah (Tarek) comes and claims her as his hundredth wife after seeing her fight (because that’s all you need to know in a wife. And also, why do you have 100 wives?). Then he expe ...more
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|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Fantasy romance, women fighting to death to marry a king/warrior. [s]||5||28||Jan 24, 2018 12:35PM|
|Synopsis in Spanish // Sinopsis en Español||1||2||Aug 13, 2017 05:39PM|