ARC Review: The Rogue Queen

Title: The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen #3)

Author: Emily R. King

Publisher: Skyscape

Release Date: February 13, 2018

Pages: 298

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

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5 stars

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

Emily R. King never fails to deliver. Action-packed, magical, powerful, and made me proud to be woman.

My review will be divided into two categories, a spoiler free and a spoiler-y one after it. If you haven’t read the previous books then I suggest you don’t read this post. If you don’t know already how much I love this series then now you do!

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

“No one can rule your heart, not even the gods.”

Everything was just wrong! From the Voider’s powers tainting Kalinda’s soul fire, she’s struggling to control her powers. And once again she’s separated from Devin because he’s on his own search making this book a dual POV again.

All I can say is 5 out of 5 stars is not enough, I love this series so much!

There’s a war they’re all just trying to get to, not enough risks are being taken. Pain, suffering and sacrifices everywhere. Deaths of characters I thought would live through the war. Ashwin’s heart’s wish is so much more than just leading Vanhi with his father and I was surprised by the lengths of it. The love triangle between Deven, Kalinda, and Ashwin. The reunions! Minor characters have come to the light and I missed them.

I could never forget to mention those moments where I get to relax because Kalinda is in safe hands and I could chill for a moment but then in the following page is Deven’s POV and sh*t is just waiting to happen for him and his team and I’m on the edge of my seat once again.

It’s like the first two books, but only waaaaay better. Now I’m just sitting in my room waiting for any new information about the fourth book.

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SPOILER ALERT!

“As I understand it, souls aren’t bound by wedding vows but by love.”

P L O T
Amazing story line, but it’s too bad we didn’t get to see much of Lestari as I wanted to but I understand with the coming war and all they don’t have the luxury of time. It could have been easily blamed on Ashwin, the Voider was released because of him but he’s a young man who grew up without parents and all he ever wanted was a father.

My time in the world of men has taught me that any man worthy of my admiration would never force me to worship him.

C H A R A C T E R S
I’m glad how no one actually said the words that they blame Prince Ashwin for all their problems and I’m even more impressed by how Ashwin stands his ground and does all that he can to fix things instead of turning into one of those characters who constantly says it’s his fault.

However, Kalinda is reckless as ever, always trying to be the hero and faces danger head on without thinking things through and forgetting to consider the consequences of her actions. When she final realized what she needed to do to get rid of the late Rajah Tarek once and for all brought tears to my eyes. The lines such as, “I forgive you because you brought Deven to me.” It’s never easy to forgive someone with all the horrible things he has done to her and to others but despite those bad memories because of him there were also good ones and her future is brighter since then.

Deven’s kind of the star in this book. I see that he’s the characters with the greatest development here. Literally he’s a General of no army but people still trust him and follow him and continue to call him ‘General’ until later he accepts his role because he has come to realize that it’s in his blood or more like the gods have made sure that he will ALWAYS be serving the throne. Oh and the best idea he had was convincing the ranis and courtesans to fight with him and be the first line of defense to defend their home, reminding them that they are not helpless, they were trained all their lives, and that they are sister warriors. (Thinking about this scene always gives me goosebumps)

Yatin and Natesa are on an adventure too and I am once again reminded that she’s not some damsel in distress not reckless like her new best friend Kalinda. She’s quick witted, smart, and head strong. Even Yatin already gave up trying to change her mind when he thinks her ideas are dangerous and it drives him crazy.

“You came into my life like a star, the answer to all my wishes.”

W R I T I N G
The writing is so colorful despite the war, there wasn’t much mention of blood and gore so my imagination was spared with such disgust and horrifics. Old characters were not forgotten, I was so happy to see Tinley again, happy with a new bird. Kalinda’s friends who she left behind in order to survive from the the bhuta war lord. The action and magical scenes were explained very well that it wasn’t difficult to understand. Even with Deven and Kalinda on the same area it wasn’t confusing nor redundant to read, in fact it was more exciting. I have more quotes from the book that I did not share to this post because they seem to be too spoilery but this series always gave me such inspiring lines and others that make me feel different emotions.

“I am born of the stars, and I will see them shine again.”

O V E R A L L
This was one of my most anticipated read for 2018 and it was worth the wait and worth my hype.

I’m pretty sure the fourth, and final installment to this series will be in dual POV also and I cannot wait to see how The Void looks like, though I think it’s all just darkness almost pitch black but I have my hopes up. I already knew how this book was going to end. Deven will be separated from Kalinda AGAIN because the author shared some information on her Instagram account prior to the release of The Rogue Queen. TRG isn’t going to be the last book and the series won’t be a trilogy because she felt like Kalinda needed one last trial (as if she hasn’t been on enough trials to last her a life time) where she needs to collect Deven from The Void, I just never knew how he got there in the first place until I finished TRQ. I completely agree, this would give Kalinda a chance to show me how she truly loves Deven because I’m not a strong shipper of these two. I’m hoping this final book will change my mind.

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