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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fast -paced, covering love, intrigue and betrayal. Characters came alive on the page. There were one or two clunky moments, and I felt that the instant attraction between Kalinda and Deven didn't really ring true. I enjoyed the idea that women standing together can achieve anything, and therefore it was a little disappointing that Kalinda leaned on Deven quite as much as she did. That aside, a very enjoyable read.
As an orphan girl living a life of prayer in the Sisterhood, Kalinda is chosen by the great Khalif to be his 100th wife, but to do so she must do battle with his first wife and his many courtesans. It is then that she discovers the secret power which lies buried within her. This was a fast-moving tale, and exciting to read, including accounts of hand-to-hand fighting with a bit of wizardry thrown in for good measure.
Never a dull moment, even the fight scenes (which I often skip) are well written, pertinent and integral to the story. Almost written like an inner monologue, it is steady, but the quiet words swim with an inner fire and purpose. An innocent, a loyal friend, imperfect, barely trained she searches for the right path. I am looking forward to the next instalment.
This was a free book that I chose on new releases. It is not my usual type of book but thought I would give it a go. Well written some likeable characters and a different twist on the usual supernatural /fantasy books. I did enjoy this story and I am guessing there will be a continuation.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Kali's story and the world King has thrown us into. The world building is well done, subtle yet detailed and never overshadows the plot. The pace builds and leaves you wanting more, an admirable quality in a series!
I don't normally read Fantasy stuff but I enjoyed this novel and the characters and as its the first in a Trilogy they have to be read in sequence. I suppose it compares it with an Arabian Nights Tale.