October 31, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
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*Published June 1, 2017*
This was my book of choice for waiting for planes to arrive and flying to Disney World. Husband and I finally got to go on a vacation by ourselves and it was amazing! I loved it and I loved this book! It was an excellent distraction and I read the whole thing.
In this book, we follow Kalinda, an orphaned girl who wants nothing more than the freedom to choose what she wants to do with her life. Or, at least, to live within the Sisterhood’s temple. But after a disruptive visit from Rajah Tarek, Kalinda is chosen to fight for her spot among his 99 wives. She is torn from her quiet home and thrown into a world she never wanted part of. She is plagued with constant fevers, which could greatly affect her ability to fight and survive. Kalinda finds comfort in the companionship in her guard, Captain Naik.
As Kalinda struggles with the weight of the tournament and her growing feelings for Naik, she realizes that in order to survive she may need to turn to a violent and dangerous power that resides within her.
I love Kalinda and her strength and resolve in this book. It touched on Indian/Hindu culture and it brought some memories to me of my own time in India a few years ago. I also loved how much the characters were established as one thing but they changed once their environments are changed as well. It shows how much Emily King knew what she was doing with her characters and how she was able to continue having these characters grow. I truly hope that the next books are just as good.
What books have touched on cultures you have experienced? Did it bring back memories for you? Comment below and let me know!