“Let the sky lead me, the land ground me, the fire cleanse me, and the water feeds me.” – The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
Just wow. This book is basically the most generic YA fantasy book EVER! It had the worse case of insta-love I have ever read in such a long time. I tend to stay away from books that are generic YA but this book intrigued me and I couldn’t say no to it when it appeared in my Amazon basket a few months ago.
Okay, I have to talk about the insta love. If you hate or dislike insta love then maybe you should try to stay away from this book. This book suffers from it badly and honestly I don’t know how I survived. Kalinda is from a place where no men are allowed and obviously when she see her love interest, 2 PAGES IN!, she falls madly in love with him without knowing who he is. The moments between them a few chapters after this are kinda hard to read cos all you wanna do is just tell them to snap out of it. But honestly after the initial few chapters, the whole cringe factor went down and I managed to enjoy the book.
Even though the fact it had so many YA troups in this story, I still loved it. The twists throughout the book still made me gasp and I just didn’t see any of them coming. The characters could improved but I’m sure this will be seen in the other book in this trilogy. I do like all of the characters, even the mad king, and I really can’t wait to see how these characters are improved and grow within the rest of the series.
The main thing I love about this book is the friendship between Kalinda and Jaya. Their strong friendship keeps the book going and it just makes me fall for this book more. I wish there were more of it but honestly I love it when there is strong female friendships. I love it how no matter what tried to pull them apart from one another, they tried so hard to get back to one another. I love it. I really can’t wait to see whether the next book in the series has more relationship likes this.
Another part from the friendship between Jaya and Kalinda, I love the rivalry between Natesa and Kalinda. Even though all main characters have a rival, I have to say that Natesa is the funniest one I have read. I love her character so much and the whole thing between her and Kalinda is just brilliant. You would have thought they would get alone but they just don’t. It’s just perfect. I really can’t wait to see how her character grows in the next two books because of everything she has gone through in this book.
I love the idea of the tournament where all of the wives and courtesans fight against one another to establish a rank order between them. I love the idea of people fighting one another for rank. I have no idea why, but it seems like such an interesting concept. The other thing that it really cool is how the courtesans and wives have to live with one another within the palace and how the king/emperor deals with them on a rotation. The King is such a pig but it’s crazy thinking how people may have actually done this.
I also found it interesting that the author actually took fighting class in preparation for the fighting scenes in this book. I love it how authors do that extra research that have something to do for their book. It’s amazing how they do this sort of thing for the book they are writing.
Even though I had a massive problem with the whole generic-ness of the YA tropes in the book, I still feel like this book was a very good read. Perfect if you are trying to get out of a slump or if you are just wanting something light and still action packed. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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