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Summary

In Emily R. King's thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah's ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death - and her growing affection for Deven - Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

©2017 Emily R. King (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Cari
  • Manchester, England
  • 08-06-17

Wanted to like it...

I found this story really boring. Couldn't wait for it to finish. I won't be buying any others in the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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hundredth queen<br />

interesting story, very well performed (read). I enjoyed listening to it. Calming in places, exciting in others.

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The hundredth Queen

I really enjoyed this book although it is the first of this genre I have read and cannot wait for the next one in the series.

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Enjoyable

I wasn’t sure about this at the beginning as seemed to be dragging initially but definitely worth the listen very enjoyable.
Great narration was able to picture the characters and what was happening.
Can’t wait for the next book now.

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  • Lesley
  • Rochester, United Kingdom
  • 29-05-18

Not bad

I quite enjoyed this book, spoiled by the rest of the series having no audible.

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worrior woman standing upfor what she believes in

I loved this book

From the first page till the last the writing style flowed so beautifully, the main female character is strong and willing to risk anything for the people she loves

To me this story was one of self discovery to find out and be proud of who you are that even though your past has never been certain your future can be. seeing the main character fight her way through trails she was going through was amazing

she was fighting using her emotions her mentality and also with her new found abilities

finding yourself on a road to self discovery is never easy when u find out u where lied to all your life.

I can not wait to read book 2 I am so excited

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Loved it

I loved this book from start to finish. It had the perfect amount of intrigue action and betrayal.

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brilliant vivid book!

loved the story and the world construction. a very vivid adventure with great pace .

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 11-07-17

A mix of religion, politics, and magic

In this novel, The Hundredth Queen, we follow a young orphan raised in a temple that resembles a nunnery in our world. She is chosen to take the position of the sacred 100th Queen of the ruler.

Though I found the book interesting in some parts, there were also parts that annoyed me. For example: #1.all the women who were considered "Beautiful" were described as being small and petite. #2. Kalinda, or lead, had never seen a man until the night she was chosen. NEVER. She literally falls in love with the first man she has ever seen. Really? #3. The wives compete with each other to move up in rank. But what actually comes with the rank? A bigger room? The book doesn't tell us the purpose of them moving up in rank. It seems they are all treated the same no matter what and he already has his favorites. Also when some of the wives die in battle, wouldn't that automatically move everyone up?

I wish the magic had a bigger part in the book. The gifts that some of the characters had were interested but were more of the backstory to the politics. If you are interested in books about court life or stories based around religion then you'll enjoy this novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-17

Predictable, flat, totally underdeveloped.

This book contains elements and plot points that could be interesting, but all of it is woefully underdeveloped in favor of a stupid, childish completely flat romance. In the span of a few chapters, the main character goes from never having seen a man in her life, to being completely and totally conventionally in love. It seems like most of the story exists as an elaborate casing for a stupid romantic fantasy. I was hoping for a lot more based on the description. What I got was a trussed-up romance novel that delivers on none of it's fantastical elements. The narrator is not great either; she often bumbles pronunciations of character names even halfway through the book. Avoid this one.

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  • MisterFrosty
  • 17-07-17

So very long for no reward

It seldom works out that when you find yourself wishing the dialogs and monologue would just finish already that the whole story doesn't end up feeling that way too. So much to trudge through for so little story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-06-17

A. Good Story

This was a good story, except that the heroine was very weak and indecisive until the end. She actually became. a bit trying with her constant weakness but the author made het strong in the end. For me it just took too long for the heroine to fight

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-17

Detailed world, simple characters

The story was extremely interesting and very well written! The plot kept me on the edge and I loved the heroine main character. My only point of critique is that there weren't many dynamic or in-depth secondary characters. I felt many of the characters were too cut and dry with little substance other than that they fulfilled their role to the story. Other than that one qualm, overall I'm really glad I read this book and found this author!

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  • The Night is Dark..
  • 26-06-18

Simple and Predictable Story with Little Action

We're told the story of 18 year old Kalinda in first person, beginning with her being chosen to serve among the emperor's courtesans and 99 wives. She comes across a plot by the tyrant that threatens her, and she has to jump into action....but she doesn't. She talks, meets, thinks, and plans. There's some action in the end, but much of the book is Kalinda thinking to herself, pondering events and drooling over a man she barely knows. There's an evil family member, bad king, power hungry peer, and a simple twist near the end. I don't necessarily mind a simple story if there's a connection to the characters, but sadly there's none of that here. The characters are flat and unlikable, with little caring for them or satisfaction (other then the book coming to an end). There's MUCH better fantasy out there - skip this one.

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  • Kelid
  • 26-03-18

Really lame, predictable, cliche/stereotypical.

This was recommended by a co-worker and I wanted to like it but couldn't get through it. I re-started listening at least half a dozen times, but the characters were extremely boring, predictable, cliche/cookie-cutter, and everything fit into over used stereotypes. Even the descriptions of things felt premade, cliche, and fit awkwardly. Heroine has a bunch of men in love with her for no apparent reason; unrealistic and disproportionate amount of devotion and risk taking, compared to what the heroine actually has to offer. Unbelievable in the way the characters interact; extreme but predictable and lame. God-mode for protagonists, without actual challenge to characters. One dimensional, and reads closer to a cheap romance novel than actual fantasy work. Returned this audio book because it wasn't worth keeping.

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  • Jacki M
  • 10-11-17

Not what I thought

The thing to know about this book is that, depending on your definition, it either borders on or celebrates rape culture. Sure, the plot is about resisting the stronger parts of that culture and nothing is graphic, but it was just too much for me.

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  • Kismet
  • 25-10-17

This was just okay for me

I was almost ready to give up on this for a while but it got better. I'm not familiar with Indian culture. From some of the reviews I read, the culture set in this story is off. If that's true or not, I don't know. One thing I really liked about this story is that the author didn't over do it on the main characters powers. The main character, Kalinda, had some power but she was flawed and the powers weren't overstated. Although the narration was good, something about the narrator's voice grated on my nerves. I think she tried to speak in too high and soft of voice. It was read by Lauren Ezzo.

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  • Sok11
  • 14-06-18

lackluster

The premise seemed promising, but the plot quickly devolved into numerous hours of the protagonist pining after some handsome forbidden fruit and long descriptions of woman-on-woman cruelty/violence.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful