The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2)
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?
My Rating: 4 Stars
The Fire Queen started with Kalinda and her group (Deven, Brac, Mathura, Natesa, and Yatin) trying to find Ashwin, Tarek's first son and heir. This story seemed to jump right into the action and I liked that it was in alternating points of view between Kalinda and Deven. This was important when Kalinda and Deven became separated at some point in the book. This book focuses on Kalinda who is now the kindred and Ashwin trying to find aide to defeat the rebels who have taken over Vahni. To do this she has to compete in another rank tournament to be Ashwin's number one rani but this time it will only be with a few other girls. In the meantime, Yatin and Deven are held captive in the refugee camps while Brac and Mathura are held at the border. They have to do what they are told if they want to help the Tarachand Empire and get the assistant they need. This book is just as drama filled and action-packed as the first book and even more so. It ends just as powerfully as The Hundredth Queen and left me wanting to know what will happen next.
New characters were introduced such as Ashwin, the prince and Tarek's son. I was worried he'd be like his father but he was kindhearted and very sweet. He only wanted to do what was right for his empire and he did have an attraction to Kalinda which was fine as long as she did not return the feelings. We also met Indah who was competing in the tournament and Pons along with the other contestants. I liked the characters just as much in this book as I did in the first book. I came to like Natesa more since she let go of her anger and hatred for Kali and they became friends. Yatin grew on me as I learned more about him.
I really am enjoying this series a lot and am happy I decided to give it a chance. I love Kali and cannot wait to see what happens next in her story. I'll have to wait until February 13, 2018. Maybe for the first time, I'm looking forward to winter just so I can get this book!