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.
*Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
First off, the cover is stunning. It's the whole reason I wanted this book. I am that person that judges a book by it's cover.... I mean the blurb helps too duh.
Now for the short review. It's not a bad book bur it's not the best book either. The world building is top notch and the characters are great. The ending though.... towards the end rather... it just fell apart to me. I was loving this book at first, I was planning to give it 5 stars and then ending...
Don't even get me started on the insta-love! Just no. I hate insta-love with a passion.
Overall, I'm nervous to continue in case the next book is more like the ending...