The Fire Queen (Hundredth Queen Series #2)

The Fire Queen (Hundredth Queen Series #2)

by Emily R. King

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The Fire Queen (Hundredth Queen Series #2) by Emily R. King

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611097498
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Hundredth Queen Series , #2
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 227,726
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emily R. King is a writer of fantasy and the author of The Hundredth Queen. Born in Canada and raised in the United States, she has perfected the use of eh and y’all and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s 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.

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The Fire Queen 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Amayaelika 9 months ago
It starts out slow while they are traveling, and it can be a bit overwhelming with the multitudes of people and place names as it starts to pick up. But otherwise, it's a great book. Kalinda was such a compelling character, in her discovery of herself and who she was and the power's she possessed. It was hard to determine who to trust and who was telling the truth in this one. Once again there is a tournament and the participants all have power over an element. I liked that the elements were used instead of weapons which was interesting.
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
This book was an improvement to the first book. There was a lot more substance and it was more about the plot than the love interest. I got to learn a lot more about the magic system and see Kalinda actually learn how to use her magic. We get a lot more of Kalinda fighting for her empire and putting love on the backseat, which is refreshing. I ended up liking her a lot more in this book and the side characters. I got sucked into the story and I can't wait to continue the series, to see what happens next. I did have some issues. My biggest issue was the whole tournament. This is her second one and I just kept thinking "hunger games, hunger games," over and over. It did add a lot of drama and this one was much better than the first but it seems like it's overused! It was more about their tests and trials than just killing each other in a bloody battle, unlike the first book. I liked the addition of all the girls who tried out and learning more about all the different types of magic. Now, I still did not like the duo POV in this book. I just have to come out and say that I don't really like Deven, at all. I just don't think he's a great love interest and he's pretty boring. I don't know why, I just can't get attached to his character, at all. I feel like his only role in this story is to worry about Kalinda and what she's doing, who she is with, and how much she loves/doesn't love him. Come on, you are supposed to be this big bad captain! Get over it. Sigh. Overall, I liked this a lot more than the first book. I will be continuing this story but I'm still a little disappointed in it. I hope that this continues and each book is better and better. You can find my review & other reviews : booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com
ShesGoingBookCrazy More than 1 year ago
Content Warning: Flogging, Prejudice/Discrimination I had a difficult time getting into this book. It wasn’t the book’s fault--it was mine for reading this installment a while after The Hundredth Queen. (This is why I like, and recommend, to read series sequentially--not spaced over the course of a year. Unless you have an amazing memory.) Either way, woe to me for having to get caught up to speed. The Fire Queen takes place two months after the end of The Hundredth Queen. Kalinda and her ban of friends and allies travel to the desert to locate the late Rajah Tarek’s son, Prince Ashwin. Since Kalinda is still Kindred to the throne, Ashwin becoming king is the only way she can renounce her duties. The Fire Queen introduces the reader to bhutas representing the other elements. Tremblers (earth), Galers (air), and Aquifers (water) all make their presence known when royals from foreign lands enter to compete for Prince Ashwin’s hand in marriage, in order to become his Kindred. Little does Kalinda know that she cannot simply transfer her duties to Ashwin. Since she was Kindred to the previous rajah, the next in line to the throne could either claim her as a wife, or not. Without much of a choice, Kalinda also is to take part in a tournament against the other women vying for Ashwin’s hand. Not only is Kalinda to partake in this tournament to the death, her people are forced into military encampments by the Janardanian Sultan. Determined to come up with a plan to free her people, Kalinda holds two powerful elements that could tip the odds in their favor: her power of fire, and an artifact which holds an ancient, but evil power. Being The Kindred gives her a place of power where she has the ability to help and protect her people from these foreign threats--but she needs to surpass the obstacles in front of her in order to do so, and ultimately decide if pursuing Ashwin as a husband to keep her place of power. ------------------------------------------ Things that I liked: #1 The lore and its simple complexity is so alluring. #2 I really grew to revere Kalinda’s character through the many struggles she faces. #3 The theme of redemption exists throughout this book, particularly with Ashwin’s character. While Ashwin is not his father, and hasn’t necessarily done anything wrong, he’s working to constantly prove himself to Kalinda. It’s so common for people to inherit their parents’ bad reputations whether they are guilty of those acts themselves or not. There are times when he’s given a chance and proves himself as being much different than Kalinda expects. However, I need to say that this is a point that I’m also torn on. even though he didn’t have any other choice in the matter. So, I’m a bit torn with how his character was portrayed in the end. #4 Real-world problems of prejudice and discrimination are integrated into the plot. The divide between the Burner bhutas and human population turns a corner. Things that I disliked: #1 The repetition of the death tournament was a downside for me. Not only was it similar to the first book, it made me think of other dystopian series with the “forced battle” aspects in them (i.e. The Hunger Games). I thought that a different avenue could have been pursued to widen the plot elements a bit. #2 Romances with both Deven and Ashwin occur (yeah, there’s a bit of a love triangle happening here.) Although...it’s not as far-fetched as some because of the circumstances, I just didn’t care for it.
suekitty13 More than 1 year ago
Like the first book in this series, this one is a thrill ride with plenty of action. After wining her throne only to lose it when a warlord invades, Kalinda and her not so merry band are on the run. They hope that by finding the exiled prince in hiding they can retake control of the palace. Their search takes them into another kingdom (sultanate?) ruled by a smarmy sultan who is holding a tournament for the right to marry the prince and take the throne at his side. Kalinda sees this as a chance to oust the warlord and to save her people who have become refugees fleeing the invaders. The repetition of the whole "women battling each other for a man" theme would annoy me except in this case it for a totally different reason. While in the first book the women fought for their own position and because they had to fight or be killed, in this tournament the women are willingly fighting for their people. Since all of the women have special, elemental powers the tournament is unpredictable and pretty exciting. Although the fights aren't to the death there are casualties. One in particular ripped my heart out. I won't tell you who but if you've read any of my reviews you can guess that I'm not shedding tears for a human. Kalinda just can't catch a break and it seems that there are more adventures to come with these characters. Just when you think things can't get worse, they always do. Hopefully there are no more tournaments in her future!
Celestial_Blackrose More than 1 year ago
❝ As I look out at the trail–worn valley, the refugees’ weary footsteps carve blame into my conscience. The empire has changed since I became the rajah’s one hundredth queen. Tarachand is gloomier, full of desperate people and massacres of the innocent. I find nothing dignified or noble about being the inciter of heartache.❞ Honestly, this was such a great follow-up to the series. I absolutely loved the first book, The Hundredth Queen, and the strong female characters in the book. This book didn’t have quite the same feeling as the first book, but only because it wasn’t as focused on female oppression, but on saving their country. In this sequel, Kalinda is trying to come to terms with her role in Tarek’s death as well as her part in the decline of Tarachand. More than anything, she’s haunted by the things she suffered in the palace as Tarek’s one hundredth queen and by his death. It wears on her conscience and kind of holds her back at times. Meanwhile, Deven gets to be a bit annoying. He can’t seem to overcome losing his rank and the respect of his men. Even while he does not regret protecting the kindred and doing what’s best for the throne, he can’t let go of his old rank. He also seems very hot and cold when it comes to his relationship with Kalinda. He shows a lot of affection and then other times he’s pushing her away because she’s the kindred or because he can’t fully accept that she’s a Burner. We also get to meet prince Ashwin in this book. His presence causes a definite strain between Deven and Kalinda for various reasons, one of them being that Ashwin has first rights to Kalinda… which basically means that he can claim her as his kindred. Things were also tense between Ashwin and Kalinda because of how much he looked like his father. His father’s legacy was a shadow he had to work very hard to step out of. ❝ I link my elbow through his, worry turning my lips downward. Ashwin said his mantle of authority weighs lighter on him when I am by his side. He claims he is acting in the best interest of our people, but when he smiles at me, he is not thinking of his empire. He smiles at me as though I am his entire world.❞ One thing that I didn’t enjoy about Ashwin was how he seemed to hold Kalinda up on a pedestal. He acted like he knew her very well, and that she was perfect. He idealized her so much that it virtually seemed like insta-love from him towards Kalinda. I also enjoyed the tournament aspect coming back around in this book. Not only did we get to see some badass females at work, but it also upped the stakes for Ashin and Kalinda. And, we were able to see outside of Tarachand. This was something I was excited about because I wanted to know about the other countries/territories and how they dealt with bhutas. While I did kind of see the ending coming, it was still an intense moment because I kept wishing it wouldn’t happen. I’m looking forward to the next book and seeing where the adventure goes with our characters, if they’ll be able to save Tarachand or if it will fall.
Gabrielle90 More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment in The Hundredth Queen series. Kalinda is on the run with Deven, Natesa, Yatin, Brac, who all escaped with her. Two people (sent from an ally) come to retrieve them to bring them to the kingdom next door. When they arrive, Kali finds out that she can't escape her role as kindred and has to compete in a tournament AGAIN to win kindred for Prince Ashwin. All throughout the book, she struggles with trying to figure out if she really wants to be kindred and help her people or if she just wants to be free from her shackles. This book shows a lot of depth into Kali's mind as a girl who was taken out of her childhood/teenaged life and thrown into a den full of wolves where she had to learn to fight and defend herself or die. She grew so much during this second book, she didn't come out the same in the end. Deven, on the other hand, went in reverse. All he could think about was his feelings for Kali but how she was the kindred and that he couldn't have her. HE KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING WHAT HER ROLE WAS. But toward the end of the book, he finally started to become useful and think about his kingdom again other than just Kali. I normally hate second books in a series but this one was amazing. I enjoyed every second of it. Fast paced, burning romance, warrior sisters who learn to only rely on themselves... All equal a fantastic YA Fantasy!
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
The Fire Queen was a wonderful sequel to The Hundredth Queen. It greatly expanded the world and there was some delightful character development. I had some trouble connecting to the characters in the previous installment but had no difficulties in this one. It did somewhat feel like a set-up novel but the action was intriguing enough that I didn't mind. I loved that The Fire Queen alternated between Kalinda and Deven's viewpoints. I felt as if it added a lot of depth to the story, even if it did mean that my favorite ship was separated for most of the novel. Both of the characters experienced such emotional growth in this story, I loved watching them mature into their roles and come to terms with everything they had done in the first book. I think that it will be really interesting to see where their relationship goes in the next book now that they've both found themselves. I absolutely loved that there was so much more magic in this book! Plus the magic system was explained a bit more, although it still isn't that well-developed. It was intriguing to see how a society where the bhuta were widely accepted functioned. I also thought that the author handled the revelation of Kali's powers to her people quite well, their reactions felt realistic, if a bit brutal. However, I think the story could have been improved by developing it more. The plot progressed rather quickly and the political intrigue aspect wasn't very well developed, despite being pivotal to the plot. Additionally, the antagonists weren't quite as fleshed out as they could have been. I think the book would have benefited overall by expanding on everything just a bit more. The Fire Queen was an excellent addition to The Hundredth Queen series. Emily King's beautifully imagined world will entrance and delight. The stage has been set beautifully for what promises to be an explosive finale where the fate of the world will hang in the balance. I would recommend to fans of YA fantasy, particularly those who are looking for a more diverse read. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars “You have nothing to fear. You are fire and fire is you.” This was such a great followup to The Hundredth Queen. The world becomes bigger the threats become larger and the stakes become higher. The Fire Queen follows Kali as she searches for Prince Ashwin, Tarek’s heir and the only person who can grant the disgraces Captain Deven his freedom. But to win that freedom, Kali must once again compete for herself and those she loves. The Fire Queen is an imaginative story of doing what is right, even when it is not easy. Things I Liked The imagery is again stunning in The Fire Queen. King manages to craft a lush world that is both dangerous and inviting. The imagery really drew me in and made reading the book SO easy. I really loved the additional worldbuilding we got. The world expands in natural and relevant ways. We, along with Kalinda, learn more about bhutas powers, their history and mythology, and about the different ruling countries. The worldbuilding was well integrated and never felt forced or disruptive. I was really excited to learn more about the bhutas, because they were my favorite part of book 1! I think the addition of the alternating POVs between Kali and Deven also helped with the worldbuilding, but on a more micro level. We get to see and meet individuals and learn more about how they view Tarek’s rule, his death, Kali’s role as Kindred, Kali and Deven’s role in Hastin’s takeover. Like in book 1, The Fire Queen also features a competition with an immensely powerful prize. I like the competition here even more than the epic battle that was in The Hundredth Queen. We really get to know and interact with the other competitors (which I found lacking in book 1) and it creates much high stakes, because people we’ve become invested in are in danger. Things I Didn’t Like I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ashwin’s instant infatuation with Kali. The series as a whole doesn’t really WOW me in the romance department, but the repeated instalove that Kali finds herself at the end of is disappointing. I think the pacing in the book was too quick. It yielded some great action and there was never a dull moment, but it also led to some rash decisions and poor planning from characters. I also found the ending to be a little underwhelming for me. Everything was happening so fast that there wasn’t anytime to just live in the scene. Some major stuff goes down and I would have liked some reflection on it, but there was no time with how quickly the story moved. When I was thinking about the book as I started writing my review, I was only thinking about the parts I liked. Even with my grievances, this book was still a joy to read, and leaves a hopeful feeling in it’s wake. The Fire Queen is a story of resilience, strength, and determination. And finding out what you are capable of in the face of unimaginable dangers. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Y’all may remember how much I enjoyed The Hundredth Queen earlier this year. So it goes without saying that I had some fairly high expectations for The Fire Queen but my overall impression was. . . well, frankly it was average. I wouldn’t say this book suffered from Sequel Syndrome exactly but it didn’t suck me in like the first one. A lot happened but I didn’t feel the same excitement, the same tension. This might have to do with the fact that the plot felt very similar to the first book with a tournament to decide Kali’s fate. In that regard, it reminded me of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire where I can see the third book being the revolution to bring the story full circle. Granted, I liked the characters in this tournament more than the last but the plot structure itself was far too familiar. This book felt more like a filler, getting Kalinda to the point in her character development that would set her up for the next book (not sure if the series is ending with the third book or not but it’s setting up to do so). Kalinda was much the same as she was before. She’s a good character and constantly is at odds with her desires and her duty. And sure, she showed some growth this time around with her powers but that’s all I really saw from her. Otherwise, she felt the same as before and I expected more from her. I really wasn’t a fan of Deven’s point of view. Half the time he just whined and moaned, the other half I wanted to smack him for being an idiot. His motivation to stay away from Kali (honestly his motivation for most of his actions) felt fake. I simply never understood it. Nor did I get Ashwin falling in love with Kali almost instantly. It seemed like he was just there to cause internal conflict for her to up the tension and I can’t say I was a fan. I think the romance subplot, at the very least, could have been fixed by drawing the book out a bit more. Everything was rushed and skimmed the surface of the story rather than going deeper and giving the characters life and purpose. Overall, though, this book wasn’t a bad read. I enjoyed parts of it and it wasn’t until I finished that I started thinking about the elements that I wasn’t a fan of. It’s not a terrible sequel by any means and if you enjoyed the first book you’ll definitely want to check this one out. The Fire Queen was good, just not great.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
There were so many things about THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN that I absolutely loved, but above anything else, I was so enamored with the incredible women depicted in that book. They were such tremendous examples of strength, femininity, and sisterhood. I am so thrilled to say that there are even more incredible female characters in THE FIRE QUEEN, and I am absolutely inspired by each of them in different ways. One of the things I most enjoyed about this book was getting to see more of the bhuta powers on display. At the heart of this series is a fascinating, elemental-based magic system, and there are some really fantastic scenes in this book where that magic comes into play to create some truly stunning imagery. It was very apparent that Emily was really enjoying herself while writing this, because despite the dire situations the characters find themselves in, there's this undercurrent of fun that runs throughout and makes the story a pleasure to read. The plot in this book is very fast-paced and high-stakes. It perfectly transitions the story from book one into the epic finale I imagine is coming in book three. If you enjoyed the tournament elements of THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN, then you certainly won't be disappointed with THE FIRE QUEEN. The romantic tension between Kalinda and Captain Deven Naik continues to simmer throughout this story. We even get to read through Deven's perspective through some of this novel, which not only sheds more light on the circumstances Kali and Deven find themselves in but also shows us more of Deven's character and motivations. Another element of the story that I found highly entertaining was that we get to see more of the empire in this book, as well as individuals from many of its different regions. The setting was beautiful and exuded magic. It also added some really interesting conflicts for the characters to overcome. So often in second books, we see main characters who become plagued by self doubt when things begin to go awry. And while there are so many different elements in this story that make Kali question her purpose and her goals, she steadfastly believes in her own strength, and I think that was the thing that I loved above all else in this story. I am so in awe the way that Emily writes female characters. Reading these novels truly is like a lesson in sisterhood, and I cannot wait to read the next book in this beautiful series.