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The Warrior Queen (The Hundredth Queen Book 4) Kindle Edition
In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves.
Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.
But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.
Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far—mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.
She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before…
“A gripping end to a magical and romantic series, The Warrior Queen will make readers’ hearts pound from beginning to end.” —Bustle
“…An unexpected but fitting end to a magical story. The Warrior Queen is a well-earned victory lap for an imaginative and captivating series.” —Hypable
“…A satisfying conclusion to the quadrilogy—The Warrior Queen is full of action, suspense, and plenty of fighting for love. The Warrior Queen delves further into the series’ fantasy world, captivating readers with vivid descriptions and an expertly layered plot. King’s storytelling will entrance readers as they read through the exciting conclusion.” —Deseret News
“King’s writing is truly mesmerizing! She transports you into a world that is vibrant and unique. The perfect setting for a remarkable finale.” —Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Emily R. King is a writer of fantasy and the author of The Hundredth Queen Series. Born in Canada and raised in the United States, she is a shark advocate, a consumer of gummy bears, and an islander at heart, but her greatest interests are her four children. Emily is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat. Visit her at www.emilyrking.com.
- ASIN : B0788VQG81
- Publisher : Skyscape (August 14, 2018)
- Publication date : August 14, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4146 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1503903370
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,469 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2019
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Just as many other reviewers, I’ve been a fan of this series since Book 1 appeared as a Kindle First edition. For this book, I bought the Kindle edition and the Audible edition. Both are wonderful, sensitive stories. It’s been fun watching this author grow.
NOTE: Although you can read this as a stand-alone, I strongly advise you to read each of the first three books, priced between 1.99 and 2.99, they’re great bargains for fans of YA Fantasy:
Book 1 - "The Hundredth Queen"
Book 2 - "The Fire Queen"
Book 3 - "The Rogue Queen:
POV: Mostly first person, but some chapters are told in first person of a character differing from the main heroine.
THE WRITING: If creative writing can be inspirational, that would be the best way to describe this work.
BLUSH FACTOR: No worries here. Although this is a Young Adult novel, I can imagine many other folks, such as me, reading and, occasionally, weeping now and then. Often tears of joy.
ADVENTURE: Absolutely. Not so much an adventure through the world in which we live, but an adventure into a fantasy land.
SOUL: Yes, this story has soul. I enjoy seeing the world through Kalinda’s eyes.
‘…I kiss Jala’s downy head and pass her to Indah. The baby wakes, her face scrunching in protest. Her grouses work up to mewling cries. The noise tugs away the final tendrils of my nightmare, save only Deven’s fear when he slipped away. Nothing can clear that from my memory.
“Are you not meeting Deven tonight?” Indah asks.
My gaze zips out the open balcony at the dusky sky. “What time is it?”
“Just past sunset.” Indah’s response follows me to the door. “That’s why I woke you. I thought you’d want to see him.”
“I do.” I thank her and dash down the corridor to my chamber. Natesa reclines on my bed and snacks on a mango from Deven’s food tray. “There you are,” she says. “How was your day?”
Deven is not here yet, so I sit with her and steal a piece of fruit too. “Well enough. My art pupils are learning how to sketch people. They’re fascinated by the fire-god Enlil. He’s all they want to draw.”
“They’re young women infatuated with perfection.”
“I was once taken with Anu,” I admit. “But I’d never seen a real man. These girls have seen plenty.”
“Anu and Enlil aren’t men—they’re gods. It’s difficult not to be enraptured.” Natesa stretches her toes near a stack of books at the foot of the bed. “These came from the Hiraani Temple for you. Priestess Mita couldn’t find you so I brought them.”
I forgot I sent a correspondence to the distant Sisterhood temple asking for their texts about the Void. “Thank you. I’ll start them tonight. Aren’t you supposed to be at your inn?”
Natesa swings her legs over the side of the bed. “Yatin and I decided that can wait. I’ll hardly see him if I’m living in the city and he’s here.”
She rises to go. I should be pleased she is staying, but the feeling of wrongness from earlier returns stronger.
“Natesa, I don’t want you and Yatin to put your life on hold for anyone.”
“First you delayed your wedding and now…’
King, Emily R.. The Warrior Queen (The Hundredth Queen Book 4) (pp. 30-32). Skyscape. Kindle Edition.
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In this last installment of the series, the war has ended and they are trying to pull the empire back together and fix the things that were broken and twisted by Tarek's reign. The people still hold on to brainwashed beliefs, like that bhutas are demons and that ranis should be claimed and battle each other for rank and worth. Ashwin, Kalinda, and their friends are working to change these ideas within the residents and guards of the palace as well as the people in the kingdom. There is dissention and desertion in the ranks of guards and ranis. Meanwhile, Kali is mostly focused on finding a way to free Deven from the Void and helping him survive long enough for her to save him, while dealing with her other losses of confidence, drawing skills, and diminished Burner abilities with the loss of her hand when she helped to defeat Kur and send him back to the Void. So there is a lot of struggle, doubt, hopelessness, and trials to overcome in this final book.
Without really giving away anything, here's a brief glimpse at the direction of this last book:
Ashwin struggles with his confidence and abilities in taking command of his empire, earning his people's trust, respect, and loyalty, and making drastic changes to the empire to embrace bhutas and restore the original purpose of the Sisterhood temples and wards. A former commander leads the dissenters against him and twists his words and intentions to suit his agenda of keeping the empire as it was. It doesn't help that not all the ranis and courtesans and imperial guards agree with his decisions to change things, and they cause trouble for him from the inside as well. Also, he has chosen a Trembler and princess of another nation as his first wife to secure foreign support and trade and further show his intentions to reintegrate bhutas, which causes much contention among the people and ranis. Ashwin refuses to become like his father and reign in tyranny, oppression, violence, and prejudice, and will not stand for the injustices in the treatment of bhutas, foreigners, and even the capable sister warriors. Kalinda has helped him develop many ideas for reform of what was wrong with the empire and the Sisterhood. Although the people no longer accept her as their Kindred because she is a Burner, Ashwin still believes in her strength and resolute determination to fix the empire and needs her support. He continues his struggle to retain his power and improve his kingdom, but Kali may not be able to help him in her current physical and emotional state after her fight with Kur and losing Deven to the Void.
Kalinda becomes obsessed with figuring out how to enter and secure safe passage through the Void to rescue Deven before he succumbs and suffers eternal death without reincarnation. The only one who can guide her is a god, so she must seek their help by finding the home of the gods, Ekur. Needless to say, she manages to do this (otherwise there would be no book, so this isn't a spoiler), and learns more about her past lives, her own limits and abilities and courage, and the strength of her love and attachment to Deven. It's a rough journey, and as expected, they barely manage to survive. But there is a deeper plot that connects the ruler of the Void and realm of mortals, which Kali and her guide discover and must stop...
I do have to point out a few things that bothered me about this book and this series. I feel like the quality of editing slipped slightly from the first to the last book. I noticed several typos and errors by the end. Nothing huge, but they do trip me up when reading and I come across one and my brain skids to a halt to say, "Wait, what? Did that sound weird to you?" I have to be honest, even small typos bother me and pull me from the story, though I understand how difficult it is to catch every single wrong letter that slips through. Just saying what bothered me. Also, certain themes came across as rather pushy and unnatural, as if forcing a modern viewpoint into the story to please the modern reader. I understand that this doesn't take place in any specific time period or location in the real world, but at times it was obvious that certain aspects were really just included to please a wide audience of readers and not necessarily because it worked naturally in the story. That's just me though.
Overall, a challenging, soul-searching struggle but rewarding conclusion to a captivating, entertaining, unique fantasy series.