Review: The Warrior Queen (The Hundredth Queen #4)
I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves. Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah. But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life. Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far — mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out. She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before…
My Rating: 5 stars
I absolutely loved The Warrior Queen! It was so well written with plenty of action, romance, and intrigue. I was happy with the format of this book with the added chapters for Ashwin. I also liked how it started just a few weeks after the events of The Rogue Queen with Kalinda trying figure out how to save Deven from the under realm. We learn that he has been visiting her when he can and being in the under realm is draining him and he has no access to food. We also learn how the people are taking to bhutas being incorporated into society. A lot of changes are happening that the people of Vanhi are resisting. They want to uphold traditions and the way the former rajah did things even though Tarek's rule was brutal and horrific. Ashwin along with everyone else is dealing with that and the loss of Deven.
I need to talk about characters now. Kali is still one of my favorite female characters. The way she is willing to sacrifice herself for the ones she love, Deven especially, was admirable. She did irritate me in this book because there was so much going on in Vahni that she was needed to help with but I understood that she could not just leave Deven to perish in under realm. She had to do what she could to save him. And then when she started learning some things from her past, I did not like how she tried to ignore that. It took her some time to realize that learning about her past was important for her present and future. When she finally embraced just who she was and the power she wielded, she became a stronger character. I loved when she embraced who she was and realized that she was enough and could do so much.
Ashwin was a welcome point of view. I was so excited to see that he had chapters devoted to his point of view. I feel like he is the character that grew the most over the course of the books. From when we first meet him in The Fire Queen until this one, he really grew up and came into his own. Ashwin struggled to figure out how to be an effective ruler without falling back on the way his father ruled. In this one, he was trying so hard to do things differently than Tarek did that he sometimes did things the opposite just because even though it was the not right thing all the time. But by the end of the book, I think he started being truthful with himself and his feelings. I loved him and Gemi together. I was happy to see Ashwin get his happily ever after.
Deven was stuck in the Void and slowly losing who he was but I could still see his strength and determination. For him to survive for as long as he did in the under realm, showed that. I liked being able to see his point of view still and see his ordeal while he was trapped. I was happy with how his story turned out. It was so perfect and fitting. He and Kali deserved to be together and deserved happiness. I have to say I found the fire-god to be a good character. He was kind and helped Kali a lot when he was guiding her through the Void. I also enjoyed seeing more of Netesa; the way she talked to Ashwin and dressed him was humorous. Yatin made a good captain of the guard. Brac was still one of my favoirte characters and he evolved as well throughout the series. I also liked seeing Ashwin with his younger siblings, especially Shyla's daughter. The bhuta children, especially the burner children, were a welcome addition. The supporting cast was done very well in this book and added to the story. The bad guys were utterly awful.
I am so happy with the conclusion of this series. Emily did an excellent job creating such a diverse world with some of my favorite characters. I was immersed in this book and had a hard time stopping every time I put it down. I highly recommend this book and the entire Hundredth Queen series to those who have not read it yet or considering it. All the books are so well done and very entertaining with a lot of action and fighting and battles that show the good guys prevailing but not without some loss. Be sure to check out The Warrior Queen on August 14th!