ARC Review: The Fire Queen

Title: The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2)

Author: Emily R. King

Publisher:  Skyscape

Release Date: September 26th 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

5 stars

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

An action-packed sequel to the girl power book The Hundredth Queen!

Once again Emily R. King has captured my inner soul fire and put it in a bottle. If you haven’t read the first book then I suggest you back away now because this might be a bit spoilery for you.

I bargained with the warlord for my freedom and lost more than my own. 

The plot is still fast paced, it gets to the point quickly sparing no time for nonsense conversations. I love how we get to learn more about the different bhuta powers. How unique each power is, Aquifier, Trembler, Galer, Burner. I must say I’m quite a fan of the Galer power but that’s because they have more screening time in this book. However, I cannot answer the question as to which bhuta power is the superior because each power evens out the other which is a great way to balance nature. So many activities, running, hiding, scheming, lying. Basically all that happened in the first book but with greater quantity and intensity and lesser sleep for the characters. So expect that from the book.

“I’m not doing this for my freedom. I’m doing this for the empire.” 

I like how Kalinda has become more matured and is slowly accepting the role the gods have given her. However, Deven has become desperate and when a person is desperate they tend to make bad choices. Natesa our sister warrior is showing more of her strong attitude and I love her for that. New characters have been introduced and I am in awe in each one of them.

She moves with grace of a wave and the might of the moon. 

The way Emily describes people, their behavior, a place, she doesn’t use simple words, no, she’s extra and I LOVE that. She doesn’t say the door is red. She says ‘the door is painted like the spilled blood of my enemies whom I still mourn for’. It’s not complicated, it’s just poetic.

Before death, everything becomes louder, faster. And then all falls silent. 

It’s diverse and women are not portrayed as weaklings. The perfect sequel to a butt-kicking debut novel. I can’t wait for The Rogue Queen to come.

Coming this February 13, 2017

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