Sadly me mateys, it is time to abandon ship! I am so grumpy at this particular title. Ye see in me head, this was supposed to be like the historical novel the twentieth wife with the added element of magic. It wasn’t. I only made it to 217 out of 287. So close. I just couldn’t take it anymore.
I should have been warned by the insta-lust or the treatment of women like property or the odd-seeming mixture of Indian and Chinese and other Asian cultures. Or the non-explicit but present rape scenes involving concubines. But well there was an author’s note claiming that though the religion was based on Sumerian deities, the book is not claiming to be based on any real place or time frame. And I kept remembering good reviews for this one.
I wanted a good explanation for Kali’s magic skills and to watch her accomplish something with them. I didn’t get any of that by page 217 and was so sick of the Emperor’s blatant evil and with the stupid to-the-death fighting tournament of the wives and concubines. The rules didn’t really make sense. I wish I had read some of the negative reviews of me crew and not wasted the time. The only good thing is that I got this one from a local library and so didn’t waste money. Sigh.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary.
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.
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