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The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King
Series: Hundredth Queen #3
Published by Skyscape Genres: Fantasy
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.
**Possible spoilers below**
Our beloved characters are still reeling from the events in The Fire Queen as we leap back into the fantastical Hundredth Queen series. Kalinda may be more wounded than anyone knows and people they love are missing. Devon and Kalinda are once again pulled apart by their circumstances. It’s frustrating but keeps the dramatic tension high. Kalinda and Prince Ashwin are seeking allies while Devon is on a desperate journey of his own.
The Rogue Queen is visually stunning and features tons of intense action. The stakes are staggering as we see some of our favorite characters lose their battle against the evil Rajeh Tarek. It is exciting to be introduced to exciting new characters in The Rogue Queen. Ms. King keeps expanding the Hundredth Queen world in magical ways.
Kalinda and Devon share a sweet and fiery passion that is stoked higher by the dire situations they often find themselves in. I really enjoy these two. They are complex characters facing incredibly dark and dangerous paths. Just when I think Ms. King cannot take things any further she throws a curve ball that turns the Hundredth Queen world upside down. I’m dying to know what will happen next when we are reunited with the amazing characters once again in The Warrior Queen.
The Rogue Queen is inherently spellbinding with its eccentric world, unique characters and intensely satisfying plotlines. The Rogue Queen is my second Joyfully Recommended Read for 2018!