Helloooo, gorgeous cover! And Happy Book Birthday to you! Emily R. King’s Hundredth Queen series is officially coming to an end today with the release of The Warrior Queen. I got to review the first three books in the series on my blog and I’m so happy I get to review the fourth as well. It’s like finishing a series for myself! Also, I just have to say this cover is definitely my favourite of them all. Curious about my review? Keep on reading!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.
“The past reminds us where we were so we may understand where we must go.”
Let me start this review by being utterly honest in saying I wasn’t looking forward to The Warrior Queen after my request was approved. I was at first, though! I’d gotten all the Hundredth Queen books as ARCs through Netgalley and even though I didn’t really like the first book, I gave each new instalment a chance. That worked out really well with The Fire Queen
that’s the one I like best! But not so much with The Rogue Queen which was okay. I wanted to give this final book in the series a fair chance as well. And I’m honestly glad I did.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the start of The Warrior Queen. Emily wrote a wonderful series and I’m obsessed with her writing style. It’s so quick and easy, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful! Another thing I like about the books in the series is how all sequels have some sort of a summary at the beginning, told by the narrators. I barely remember what happened previously in my favourite books, can you imagine how bad my memory is with these?
While I was often quite annoyed with the characters in the series, I did really like them in this one. I’m not sure why, I guess maybe because I was expecting it, that it wasn’t as bad? The reason I love Kali is that she’s a really strong female character with flaws. I also really like how she has a prosthetic in this book! Yay for disability rep! I’m not actually sure what I thought of Ashwin in the previous novels, but I definitely love him now. He’s far from perfect but he stands for what he believes in and isn’t just some dumb fool. As for the other characters: I’d loved to have seen more of them.
As for the plot… It fell a little flat as it started getting predictable and a little repetitive in some parts. The reason I haven’t mentioned Devon earlier is because there’s simply not much to talk about. Like I said, the book started great and then it just rolled downward faster and faster. Eventually, things became predictable. I started skimming around 75% because things got crazy. Like, how extra can it get?! So many unnecessary things started happening and the plot twists weren’t twisty enough to be “shocking” or even surprising. Which is really why it fell so flat in the first place. Also, things were so easy for the characters! They talk of struggle, but there isn’t much of it on the page. It went from “we struggle so much…” to “Ureka!” in the span of a single page and that didn’t work for me.
Overall, The Warrior Queen was a really enjoyable read. I’d hate to be all negative about it because I should’ve known beforehand my review would be like this. I’m glad I gave the book a chance and I’m sure fans of Emily and her series will love it. It’s a great finale! It just wasn’t for me.
The Warrior Queen was an average read for me. I wouldn’t say it was super bad, but it doesn’t come anywhere near close to my favourites. However, I’m sure fans of the series will love it, as it is a wonderful finale with a beautiful end.
About The Warrior Queen
In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves.
Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.
But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.
Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far—mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.
She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before…
Have you read The Hundredth Queen series? Did you like it? What did you think when The Warrior Queen was announced?
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