The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen #3)
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
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.
My Rating: 5 Stars
The Rogue Queen starts just a few weeks after Kalinda and the others narrowly escaped the Demon Rajah at the end of The Fire Queen. One of their group has passed on and they are performing a funeral. We learn that Kali is still suffering from the injury to her leg she sustained during the second tournament she was in and the demon poisoned her with his cold fire and she is still battling that. This story was hard to read in the beginning because of Kali's closeness with Ashwin. It seems like she prefers him over Deven and that was hard to handle for most of the book. I am not the biggest fan of love triangles and that's where it looked like the book was heading. For most of the book Deven and Kali were at odds and separated as they were in the second book. They parted not knowing where they stood and it seemed as if Kali was falling for Ashwin. By the middle of the book, we learn why this is the case and everything is cleared up and I am happy again. This book really started to pick up once Deven, Natesa (it's still weird to see Kali and Natesa as friends), Yatin, and Rohan catch up to the imperial army being led by the demon rajah, Udug and Kali, Ashwin, Pons, and Indah go to the Samiya Temple to meet with the rebel leader to broker a peace deal to defeat Udug. I will not give away all that happens in the book but know that the end of the book was explosive like the other two in the series. This one ended with so much action and you just did not who was going to make it out alive. It was fast-paced and intense in the end.
I really thought there was no way for me to love Deven and Kali more but I do and I want to see them get their happy ending because the both of them deserve it. They are always putting everyone else before themselves and their relationship that it is something to admire. Kali is really a great heroine and I am happy I gave this series a try when I saw the sale on this book last year. Deven is selfless and will do whatever it takes to protect his home, family, and friends. I want him and Kali to be together and I want them to be able to serve the Tarachand Empire in whatever capacity they see fit. I enjoyed Indah, Pons, Natesa, and Yatin. I like what they add to the story and their loyalty to their country and Deven and Kali. I missed Brac in this story seeing as he was MIA for most of it. Some characters from the first book showed up again in this one and I was happy to see them. There was a big cast of supporting characters and it made for a richer book. Since there was a war there were some heartbreaking casualties that were hard to deal with.
All in all, I enjoyed this book so much and was impressed with the world Emily R. King continues to build and the detail she puts into the religion and how it all works. I cannot wait to see how she closes out the series. Is it August yet?