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The Hundredth Queen

Review

The Hundredth Queen

Kalinda has been a part of the sisterhood ever since she was a baby. After 18 years of being known as the sickly orphan, she and her best friend, Jaya, are ready to commit their lives to the temple. Kali has had fevers ever since she was a child, forcing her to spend most of her time in the temple’s infirmary. She believes she doesn’t have the slightest chance of catching a benefactor’s eye, much less getting a job as a servant somewhere.

Her life changes when the Rajah Tarek arrives at the temple to claim his hundredth wife and possibly a courtesan. Kalinda is convinced that due to her illness, she will not be chosen by the Rajah. It turns out that her bravery and ability to stand up for what she believes in is exactly what the Rajah Terek is looking for in a wife. He chooses Kali to be his hundredth wife, much to her surprise.

"As I kept reading and getting introduced into Kalinda’s world, I completely fell in love with it. This book is definitely a page turner, I could not put it down!"

She and Kaseda, the Rajah’s new courtesan, set off on an expedition to get to the turquoise palace, where she will be wed to the Rajah. It is also where his 99 wives live as well. Upon arrival to the palace, Kali quickly learns that she has to fight for her place among the wives. It is a sick action from the Rajah, but in order for her to marry him, she must fight for her rank among the wives.

Her only comfort comes when she meets the stern but kind Captain Deven Taik, the guard appointed to her safety. She never thought a man could be as kind as he is to her. During her journey of finding out who, or what, she is, she slowly starts to find herself more attracted to the Captain, risking both of their lives. Little does Kalinda know, the Rajah has secret plans for her that she could have never imagined.

I absolutely loved this book. At first, I was a little hesitant about the storyline, but as I kept reading and getting introduced into Kalinda’s world, I completely fell in love with it. This book is definitely a page turner, I could not put it down! This book is the first installment in The Hundredth Queen series, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the books. I loved how Kalinda was able to develop more confidence in herself, and not let the Rajah or the other queens threaten her. She really grew into herself in this book, and it is a rare thing to see that much character development in the first installment of a series.

One thing that I did not enjoy about the book is the fact that Kalinda was constantly perceiving herself as physically weak, and women were represented as property. She had every opportunity to physically train for the tournament, but didn’t give in to the opportunity. That is the only thing I didn’t really agree with in this book.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult novels featuring fantasy and magic. I see many similarities between this book and The Selection and the Throne of Glass series. They base their storylines on women competing for a special spot next to a higher power, all the while going through a period of personal growth that benefits them in the future.

Reviewed by Emily F., Teen Board Member on May 9, 2018

The Hundredth Queen
by Emily R. King