In the explosive third volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, the queen of fire faces off against a demon of ice.
Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.
That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.
In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.
To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An excellent third installment of a captivating series! Just when I think the magic has reached its limit and the characters are fully realized, another twist draws me deeper and deeper into this amazing world. A highly recommended read!
This has been my favorite of the series so far, it breaks from the tournament-based plot that made the first two quite similar and expands into a sweeping worldview of Tarachand and the surrounding kingdoms. With the demon rajah planning to unleash himself on the world, everything is tinged with an appropriate level of desperation, and it's clear that our characters are grasping at straws for a solution. Tension is rife throughout the story, both in the external political/supernatural conflict and within Kalinda, as she wars between her her soul-fire and the demon poison weakening her every day, as well as between her duty to the throne and her feelings for Deven. The love triangle between her and the two men was exceptionally done; her feelings for both are distinct and understandable, and it comes across as very believable scenario. The strongest of the series thus far, I'm looking forward to book 4!
After loving the first two books in this series I was super excited for Rogue Queen. I'm so in love with the characters, especially some of the secondary characters who are just as interesting as the main ones. Rogue Queen is very different from the previous two books in this series. While they were all about the tournaments pitting women against each other this book is more Game of Thrones than Gladiator. In this book it's war and all the political dealings that go along with finding allies and gathering an army. For me the best part was meeting all the new characters and cultures from different lands. The world become much bigger in this one as Kalinda, Devan and their friends flee from the demon and his army. We get to see a bit of the lands outside the Empire. It was pretty well non-stop action and easy to read through in a few nights. Or one really late night! Things are a bit bleak in this one and the ending is a total heart-breaker but not without a ray of hope. I believe that the next book is the conclusion to this series and I'm hopeful that everything will work out in the end, although I'm sure there will be death and destruction on the way! Thank you to Skyscape and Two Lions for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.