Author: Emily R. King
Series: Hundredth Queen #2
Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: September 26, 2017
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?
Rating: Moderate. Mild substance use; mild kissing; mild language; moderate violence or horror.
Okay, this one was better than the first.
It took me awhile to remember who the actual secondary characters were, although there was a little recap of what was going on on the storyline.
This story focused more on Kalinda. After murdering her husband (a tyrant rajah) on their wedding night, they are forced to flee the land as it is attacked by someone else. They are on search of his son to let him know he is now the new rajah… wherever he is hidden.
When they find him things don’t go as planned. He is in a land that hates Burners, she finds out that as his fathers main rani, Prince Ashwin has rights to her, the man she loves is imprisoned as a traitor, and she still might have to fight for either her throne or her freedom. She’s not sure what she wants, who she wants, or who she really is. Can she trust the new rajah?
**There is violence, a few kisses (some real, some forced), a brief rumor of a possible seduction of her past husband to kill him (and a thought about how he didn’t want to think about what might have happened that night), rumor of her leaving a man’s bedroom in the morning with only her nightgown on.