The Fire Queen by Emily R. King
Also by this author: The Hundredth Queen
Series: The Hundredth Queen #2
Also in this series: The Hundredth Queen
Published by Skyscape
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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?
I really highly enjoyed The Hundredth Queen and I could not wait to dive into the sequel.
I started the sequel with high hopes and I have to say that during my first read of the book I stopped about 70 to 80 pages in because I just felt like the book had hit a huge road block and I lost interest.
I decided a few months later to just finish the book in the hopes that the ending would be better and I could look forward to the 3rd book.
I have to say as a whole this book just disappointed me at every turn. We are thrust into a new palace with new rules that are completely different than the one we started the series with. We get a whole new cast of characters to learn about but sadly none of them are interesting or hold any appeal in my mind. Plus our main cast of characters gets separated for the majority of this novel so we never get to see the spark or banter they have when they are all together. I felt this was a novel to single out Kalinda in order to see what she could do with her power and what her people really thought of her. I have to say I just wasn’t a Kalinda fan anymore. She made really stupid decisions and without her supporting cast of characters she fell flat.
Kalinda wasn’t the only problem. Her love interest Deven has completely lost his will to live in this book and I found his character to be a complete waste of time. I really loved him in the first book and yet in this book he was so busy feeling sorry for himself and what he did that he almost didn’t even accept Kalinda anymore. He would believe the dumb things that were told to him in a war camp and just go with that thought process. There was a time while I was trying to get through this book the second time around that he said something so stupid that I almost DNFed the book right then and there. I just don’t get what on earth was up with these characters this time.
Besides Kalinda and Deven and their issues as separate characters and their relationship in this book there were even more issues. The plot just seemed to have no point in advancing the story arc and don’t even get me started about the ending of this one.
Overall, the first book had so much promise! The sequel was a major let down and probably was my most disappointing book of 2017.