My Rating ★★★★★
This book deserves 5 shining stars! I can’t remember last time I read a book this good! I kept guessing, but I was always wrong, and I gasped, nearly cried, and jumped in excitement. Well written, fast-paced, and not a dull moment/page. I’m starting to read the second in the series: The Fire Queen, right away, I can’t wait!
Praise for Emily R. King. It is difficult to find something so unique and refreshingly new now-a-days! 🙂
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, 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.