The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1) By Emily R. King

    Another appropriating white author who doesn't understand that india is not a monolith. Trash. English

    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 meaning to read, or I'll check out what's hot right now among my GR friends. So when I kept seeing The Hundredth Queen in my feed and I was in the mood for some light fantasy, I decided to give it a shot. But I fail to understand the popularity of such a cliche, derivative fantasy novel.

    Maybe there was a time, however many years ago, when it was somewhat interesting to write a fantasy with little world-building, a plain, boring protagonist who everyone else thinks is special, instalove, beautiful mean girls, and a central conflict that doesn't really make sense... maybe there was that time, but I really thought it was long gone.

    In this book, a plain and unremarkable orphan called Kalinda has grown up in the Sisterhood - a religious group that grooms girls to be servants, courtesans, or, if they're lucky, wives to powerful men. We are repeatedly told how unattractive and bad at fighting Kalinda is, but in the first few chapters alone, we see her defeat a strong opponent and be called beautiful by several others.

    The evil and vindictive girls are, of course, stunning (and aware of it) in comparison to Kalinda who says she's plain but is somehow believed to be special by everyone else:
    “Natesa and Sarita flaunt their bodies, unrushed to get dressed. They are replicas of the goddess Ki, petite and round, soft yet firm, fit yet feminine. So unlike my gangly, angled shape.”

    The whole plot of the book is about women competing against one another for men's affections, among other things. When Kalinda is chosen to be Rajah Tarek's 100th wife, she soon realises that she must compete with the other wives in a rank tournament. This is a series of fights where wives can challenge one another for their rank and, hopefully, gain more power.

    I found this part really poorly-explained. The reasoning behind it seemed weak, and the wives didn't seem to have much to gain from competing in potentially fatal battles. It was just another thing in this book that made it seem like it needed some tighter editing. Everything from reasons that don't quite add up, to weird sentences that shouldn't have made it to print:
    Jaya frowns so hard that a crane could roost on her lower lip.

    Add to this a romance set up with instalove, and it just wasn't an impressive read. There was absolutely no chemistry between Kalinda and Deven because there was no gradual build to their relationship - no banter, no tension, nothing to keep me excited. They are obsessed with one another from the very beginning. And while you could maybe explain away Kalinda's obsession with the fact that she's grown up in the Sisterhood and never seen men before - what's his excuse?

    Maybe I'll just stick to my regular TBR for a while.

    Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube English A very predictable story with an interesting mythology bogged down by an insta-love romance between two people who are madly in love and willing to die for each other long before they have any reason or interaction to feel that way.

    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. English With that gorgeous cover and amazing reviews I was really excited when I got a copy of this. I went into this book not knowing much so when I started it I was afraid it was going to be too similar to Wrath and the Dawn. However despite it similarites it had some unique elements. For one the Rajah doesnt kill his wives he makes them do it themselves in a rank tournement where each time he chooses a new bride she has to fight all of the Rajahs courtesans who wish to take her place.

    The rank fighting is looked down upon by the main character Kali so I didnt enjoy it as much as I was hoping to. In a sense it was nice to have a main character point out the wrongness of girl on girl hate and value the importance of sisterhood. Most if not all of the Rajas wives have been trained to fight by the Sisters at the Temple which is where we first meet Kali. All she ever wanted was get passed over at the Claiming and join the Sisterhood with her friend but her plans are derailed when the Rajah comes to claim his hundredth wife.

    I enjoyed Kalis relationship with her best friend but there wasnt enough of it. I loved how they travelled using elephants and the way the elemental magic worked. I enjoyed the mythology and the setting. I felt like the romance happened a little too fast given the fact that shes promised to another and that can get them both killed but I loved how the romantic interest wasnt a bad boy. He was actually a good person who respects women so in the end I was rooting for them.

    The way women were treated bothered me but I appreciated how the authors calls attention to the wrongness of it. The Rajahs first wife was the antagonist that stuck with me the most emotionally but I didnt understand some of her decisions. There were a couple other interesting antagonists like the General and obviously the Rajah but some of their decisions didnt add up. Overall the writing was easy to fall into and I liked how things ended. It left me feeling satisfied but still looking forward to the sequel.

    Spoilers Ahead


    I didnt completely understand why the Rajahs first wife betrayed her sister. The general claiming Kalis best friend as punishment didnt make sense either since she confronted him after he came back from the Temple. I also dont understand why the Healer wasnt honest with her. Not knowing could seriously put her life in danger. Sadly I was able to predict the major twist early on in the book but I didnt expect all the death which made the story that much more gripping.

    *received in exchange for an honest review* English The Hundredth Queen is by far one of my favorite books of 2017. I received an ARC of this incredible book before it even had a cover and I was completely obsessed after just reading one chapter. I am one of those readers who is usually drawn to a book because of the cover so when I received this book I read it just because the synopsis sounded intriguing.....and WOW am I happy that I gave this book a chance! The Hundredth Queen blew me away.....I literally could not put the book down and finished it in one weekend.

    The Hundredth Queen was full of magic, suspense, fantasy, action, betrayal, and swoon-worthy romance. Emily's writing is beautiful, captivating, and full of emotion. Each character is unique and fascinating in their own way but the main character, Kalinda, is the heart of the story. Kalinda is a strong female heroine who beats the odds to become one of the Rajah's queens.....most importantly his Hundredth Queen.

    Kali is torn from her peaceful and serene life at the Sisterhood's temple and brought to the Rajah's palace where she will fight for her life in a tournament against his other ninety-nine queens and also his courtesans.

    When Kali is pulled from the temple she is escorted to the Rajah's palace by Deven, a high-ranking palace guard. I loved the immediate connection between Kali and Deven and how easily they became intertwined with each other. Deven's fierce protectiveness toward Kali was beautiful and breath-taking and their romance felt like it was destined to be.

    “His warm smile squeezes me breathless.

    Another aspect of the story that I loved was how Emily portrayed the importance of strong female relationships between the characters all throughout the story.

    The Hundredth Queen is a sweeping YA fantasy that is full of incredible world-building, breath-taking romance, and a magical journey that will keep you intrigued until the last page. There were so many fascinating twists and turns throughout the story and each turn of the page seemed to be more suspenseful than the last. Each chapter was so exciting and intriguing and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I literally cannot wait to read The Fire Queen to see what lies ahead for Kalinda and her journey to become the One Hundredth Queen.

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    WOW....I mean of my most favorite books that I have ever my top ten EVER....This book has everything....magic, suspense, fantasy, action, betrayal, and swoon-worthy romance.....I am completely and utterly obsessed...Emily's writing is breath-taking and has so much emotion...This story drew me in from the very first page to the very last page ....and when I read the last page I literally cried because it was over...I cannot wait to be back in this world and to see what happens next....I need this sequel NOW!!!!! I mean NOW!!!

    Add this book to your TBR list NOW! My full review to come... English

    He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary.

    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 visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

    Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her. The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)

    An Advanced Reading Copy has been kindly given by Skyscape and Two Lions via in exchange for an honest opinion

    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 gifted with a vivid imagination able to create a refreshing story setting and great characters.

    What is this book about?
    Kalinda has always suffered from fevers. She is orphaned and raised among sisters teaching young girls and women the art of fighting. The monasteries are financed by benefactors who can claim some young women to become servants or wives.
    In this world, all women exist to serve men. They don’t have a real choice as to who they could marry or what they could do with their lives. More than once in the story will Kalinda regret this lack of choice. Her dream is to be free to choose her own destiny.

    Compared with her brethren Kalinda does not feel beautiful. She is taller than all the other girls and due to her illness did not learn to master her art as expertly as others
    When a visitor (the Rhaja) comes to the Monastery he intends to claim a girl that will be the winner of the fights among all the girls. Kalinda never expects to be chosen and yet shockingly the Rhaja selects Kalinda to be his wife. One of her bullies Nastea will become a courtesan. Kalinda is heartbroken to leave her dear friend Jaya. She promises to go back one day and choose her as handmaiden.

    This story takes an unexpected turn with the reveal of Kalinda being the hundredth wife and all that it entails. Traditionally the hundredth wife has to compete for her position but every wife and courtesan can fight in the hope to get a better status. This tournament is brutal and some women can die.

    She is lost in this brutal palace and finds solace in the company of the handsome and righteous Captain Deven Naik. Romantic feelings will soon emerge but their love is forbidden and could put them both in mortal danger.

    That’s all I’ll say as I don’t want to spoil the plot.

    What I really liked:
    √ I loved the choice or Emily R. King to portray her heroine as “plain” or rather different than others. Kalinda will have to make up in wit and intelligence what she lacks in training. She will never be conceited as she does not see herself as beautiful. She truly stands out. I love when heroine are far from perfect and have to work twice as hard to reach their goal. It’s inspiring.

    √ Kalinda is like no other wife or courtesan. She does not want her position and it gives her courage to speak her mind to Rhaja Tarek. Once again the female character has her own mind and thinks out of the box what I did enjoy tremendously!

    √ Kalinda was shocked with Rhaja Tarek’s attitude. Tarek is cruel and unfair as a ruler. He likes to witness the fights among his wives and courtesans. He does not care for them. They are just toys for his own pleasure and he shares his courtesans with others. Of course it’s inherently wrong to treat women as objects. She wants more for the other wives and courtesans. She wants to create bonds, some kind of sisterhood among women and stop the competitions. Again this is an inspiring message: unite rather than divide. Help each other.

    In one word: freedom. Kalinda wanted to make her own choices. Forge her own destiny. That’s what I loved about all else in this book.

    What I did not like so much:
    √ Deven indecisiveness. I get that he wanted to do the right thing. I get he thought about others and the kingdom before his needs and wants. It can be admirable except… when he gets hot then cold. When he says he’ll let everything go for her and then make a 180° turn. I do prefer my male characters to be ready to sacrifice everything for their sweetheart even if I know that in real life it does not always work like that. But that’s exactly why I love reading: I escape reality and can live in a fantasy world of my own taste.

    Between forbidden love, conspiracy, sabotage from rival women and shocking truth about Kalinda’s past and her sickness this book has really been captivating.
    Emily R King has a beautiful writing and sucked me in her world filled with Queens, saris, demons, cruel Rhajas, handsome and fierce captains. A world where little girls are raised to become trained fighters and yet can only exists thanks to men.
    English 1.5/5 stars

    ​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 pulled me in because I liked the writing - it was simple, yet it did the job. For few pages at least. But the more I progressed the more I felt detached from the story. It wasn't telling, it was showing and there's nothing worse than that in a fantasy novel. It also felt second hand, as if the story was being re-told. Details were glazed over, there was no world building whatsoever and the fight scenes were non-existent.

    For a book that for the bigger portion of it focuses on a tournament - the actual tournament was so short and so under-described that I had to read over again to make sure I didn't miss it. The fights were explained in 2-3 sentences tops and they all ended as soon as they began. I was flabbergasted! The book wanted to show these women as awesome warriors yet it skipped and glazed over all of the fight scenes? I could have used way less fawning over his pretty chiseled chin line and more of actual fighting.

    Which brings me to the romance. The romance was more instant than the instant coffee and I couldn't care less about it. Curiously enough there was no actual romantic development, despite the main character always thinking about her lover. There was no connection, no tenderness and no apparent reason for that romance to bloom. She saw him for the very first time and boom she knew he was the one! Bullets left the gun slower!

    If we ignore the nauseating romance the book still doesn't have that much to offer. Cool magic concept that wasn't explored nearly enough. Side characters that didn't get enough page time. World that didn't get any world building at all. And the only details we got were as to which color sari she was wearing and how thick her eyes were lined in kohl.

    I also wasn't a fan of the religion in the book. The author's note states that it was tweaked from an actual religion, and I don't like that. You either create your own completely unique religion, or you follow an existent one to the tee. Also the whole thing was undeniably disgusting - a king who's got hundred wives and over two hundred whores and he would spend time with 4-5 of them at once. Ewwwwww.

    ​The plot did have some interesting turns here and there, but it just wasn't enough to make up for how atrociously predictable the whole book was - every YA cliche possible - this book got it. If you strip away the fantasy setting this was pretty much Shatter Me by There Mafi (it just popped into my head and now I can't unsee the similarities).

    This should teach me once again not to trust pretty covers. I don't know if series get better or worse after this and I don't know if I will be picking up the rest. Not soon that's for sure.
    So I just randomly bought this for my Kindle sooooo I guess I will be reading this soon-ish.

    My WORDPRESS BLOG English Before I get into why this book is only 3 stars I will say some positives. I was always engaged in the storyline; there was never a moment where I thought I should put this down or not finish. It was an entertaining and easy to follow plot, and though there was no massive world building the author also never created a confusing environment. Everything that happened had a complete explanation.

    If you are worried about spoilers you should stop reading here.

    The best part of this book was the villains. The Rajah, the Warlord, the warlord's daughter and the first wife of Rajah Tarek were the driving force of the entire story. Just about every dynamic moment directly stemmed from them Kalinda was almost never acting on her own, but either under direct order or in direct reaction to something they did. In the end she decided to make her first proactive decision, which showed a good character arc I'm sure we will see for the rest of the series, but that doesn't stop her presence from being underwhelming at times in the text.

    Deven was also a little underwhelming, his only purpose centered around Kalinda, so he lacked a bit of his own identity, one I am sure will grow as the series goes on. His brother though caught my attention and stole every scene he was in. I was not a fan of their instalove either.

    Netesa was so meh to me. She was the first sorta minor antagonist we see, but she's so irrelevant throughout the book that their later friendship just didn't do anything for me.

    Jaya was my least favorite character (that you're supposed to like). It's just assumed their best friends on the first page but there is almost no connection between them except what Kalinda says. They behave like two women with a long (and honestly romantic) history, but there were like no flashbacks, and very few anecdotes to build the relationship up so I only knew they were best friends (or soulmates) cause the text said so. As such, her death fell flat with me.

    Overall, I will finish this series, I will probably be entertained by this series, but. . . . yeah. English This is a captivating story about Kali. As someone who has been sick most of their life this book is inspiring. I can't wait to read the second book in this series!

    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 preparations for a claiming in the sisterhood all the way through her tournament where she has to show strength and literally fight to claim her throne as the hundredth Rani, a queen. She is gifted a security detail because Tarek the king believes she will be the most important of all his hundred wives, more important than his Kindred the first queen.

    Kalinda learns that much of what the sisterhood taught her was lies and her illness and fevers are actually her strength. The brotherhood and a group being protected enlightens her to who she really is and gives her a new purpose. She has to fight through manipulation of the courtesans and other wives. She must save her best friend from a cruel General. She must save the captain of her security detail and her heart. She must save the kingdom from an evil king. She must own who she is and be strong even if it costs her everything, even her life. English ***** 5 Stars *****

    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.

    Hopefully the next books in the series keep up with this incredible momentum!



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