The Hundredth Queen

The Hundredth Queen

3.86 (30,731 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.86 (30,731 ratings by Goodreads)

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • CD-Audio
  • 140 x 178 x 13mm | 69g
  • Grand Haven, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • 1536630683
  • 9781536630688
  • 3,543,491

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"King's debut is built on a solid premise that draws on Sumerian mythology for inspiration...The tale maintains a consistent thread as King embarks on a deep examination of sisterhood, first between Kali and her best friend Jaya, and later when she must fight the rajah's other wives to keep her place within the palace." --Publishers Weekly

"The Hundredth Queen plunges readers into a fantasy world full of love, betrayal, rebellion, and magic." --Deseret News

"King writes multiple strong female characters, led by Kalinda, who has the loyalty and bravery of spirit to defend her friends even if that means facing death. Strong characterization, deep worldbuilding, page-turning action scenes and intrigue, as well as social commentary, make this book stand out. This outing opens a trilogy; readers will be eager to get their hands on the next installment." --Kirkus Reviews

"This lush and lovely first novel brings a beautiful and brutal culture to life. The ending is left open for sequels, and readers will eagerly follow Kalinda and Deven on their future adventures." --Booklist

"Filled with many action-packed sequences, forbidden romance, and unexpected surprises, this debut fantasy will appeal to teens who enjoy epic dramas with strong female characters." --School Library Journal

"The Hundredth Queen is a culturally rich tale of both self-discovery and self-mastery. Emily R. King transports readers to a lush and fascinating world where our heroine, Kalinda, pitted against hardened and clever antagonists, embraces her weaknesses and follows her heart. King leaves you wondering, 'What happens next?'" --Charlie N. Holmberg, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series

"Richly imagined and gracefully written, The Hundredth Queen is a vibrant tale of forbidden love and personal sacrifice." --Becky Wallace, author of The Keepers' Chronicles
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3.86 out of 5 stars
- 30,731 ratings
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4 35% (10,777)
3 22% (6,791)
2 7% (2,133)
1 3% (1,058)
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