ARC Review: The Rogue Queen

Happy Book Birthday to The Rogue Queen AND Happy Birthday to Emily R. King! I find it so fitting that Emily gets to celebrate her birthday the same day as the fantastic book she wrote. If you haven’t read this series yet you definitely need to! It’s action packed from beginning to end making it one of the most intense YA Fantasy’s I’ve ever read. The characters are so dynamic and getting to know these Sister Warriors has been a wild ride this past year! Make sure to add it to your TBR piles!!

About The Rogue Queen

Rogue QueenDespite 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.


My Review

5 Stars

I categorize this book as a YA Badass Female Lead Action Fantasy because that is what it is! It is intense from beginning to end and each installment picks up right where the last one ended. I’m so excited we get a fourth book in this series and that we don’t have to wait long for the next one! Also, these covers…I mean (Heart Eye Emoji’s)

This book starts you off getting to see another part of the world, the Southern Isles, where Kalinda and Ashwin are determined to start making allies to fight the demon Rajah Tarek. It won’t be the last of the new territory we will see and we’ll get to revisit some territory’s we haven’t seen since The Hundredth Queen.

Kalinda is weak, and getting weaker, due to the ice within her heart put there by the demon after he was released from the void. King describes Kalinda’s inner battle between fire and ice so well that you can feel her soul fire’s struggle. She’s forced to keep her ordeal a secret in order to maintain the respect of her people as their Rani, and to make sure those closest to her try not to keep her from her duty to fullfill her role, plus there is no way she’s staying out of the fight. Her need to control everything that seems to be crumbling around her makes the story even more intense. She is faced with so many hard choices and her feelings confuse not only herself but those around her.

Deven sets off on a separate journey in this book as the second POV which makes this story even more dynamic. He sets out to find his brother Brac with Natesa, Yatin, and a young Galer. The journey is not easy and Deven is faced with the struggle he has taking his friends along with him. If it were his choice he’d leave them all behind to keep them safe but their loyalty to him is shown multiple times throughout their trek across the desert on their search. He also struggles with his decision to leave Kalinda but knows she has to make some hard choices, one of which may lead to her choosing Ashwin over him.

This book will take you on a roller coaster ride and you’ll be left wondering what else this crew can handle!

Have you read The Hundredth Queen and The Fire Queen yet?

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