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 ...more
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 ...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.
The rank fighting ...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 ...more
If you are worried about spoilers you should stop reading here.
The best part of this book was the ...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
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.
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...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 really can't.
"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
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
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 ...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 ...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...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 ...more
The Hundredth Queen centers around Kalinda who was really trying to live a low key life in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple where she’s lived all her life as a orphan. Prone to strange fevers, Kalinda isn’t able to train as the other sisters do in the ways of the sister warrior Ki. Spending her days sketching or in the infirmary is what she is used to. Due to her sickness, she isn’t the ...more
This book is PERFECT for fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Wrath and the Dawn, and Graveling.
MY RATING: FIVE STARS
On top of being an all-around AMAZING story, there are some great messages in this book about sisterhood, faith, feminism, and what it truly means to be a woman.
The story itself is ...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 ...more
Kalinda never expected to be claimed by a benefactor, she not particularly pretty or a skilled fighter. So when Rajah Tarek claims Kalinda as his 100th and final wife, everyone is shocked on why he picked her. Thrust into a life she never wanted, Kalinda must now battle any of his other wives or courtesans who want to steal her spot, or just kill her. To make matters worse, a burner has ...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Hundredth Queen Series - Reading from 'The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)' from October 1st 2019||57||116||Nov 02, 2019 08:25AM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA Novel set in Dystopian India/ King goes to Orphanages and picks wives who duel to determine rank. [s]||4||23||Jul 12, 2019 01:29PM|
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen #1) by Emily R. King - Starting September 16th 2018||15||13||Sep 18, 2018 12:23PM|
|Play Book Tag: The Hundreth Queen by Emily R King||1||14||May 07, 2018 06:27AM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Fantasy romance, women fighting to death to marry a king/warrior. [s]||5||30||Jan 24, 2018 12:35PM|
|Synopsis in Spanish // Sinopsis en Español||1||2||Aug 13, 2017 05:39PM|