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What’s tops in Fantasy Romance?

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Want to know what the bestselling fantasy romances are? Here’s your chance.

Once a month I’m going to feature a top fantasy romance book and author and this week I’m starting with the fabulous Emily R. King and her top-selling book, THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN.

As of March 7th, 2018 when I’m writing this blog, THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN is not only in the number one fantasy romance slot on Amazon, but it’s also earned the coveted “Best Seller” tag. And when we look at this book, we can see why. It has a gorgeous cover, very simple, but with a tiny spark it implies magic awaits us between the covers or inside of our Kindle.


It also has an intriguing plot. Here’s the blurb:

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, 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.

But is THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN a fantasy romance?

Well, yes and no. I think I’d put THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN in the fantasy genre first, and then the romance genre second. While each book has a romance element, you have to read the series for the romance. That says to me that the romance is not the primary element, the fantasy story is. Compare that to my TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, where each book has a satisfying romance and then the fantasy is the component that links the series together.

And I think the cover says this. It doesn’t have people on the front and all the covers and titles in the series emphasize the heroine’s journey. Is there a romance? Sure, but I’m not sure any true romance fanatic would say that “stoic and kind” is a typical hero for a romance. Will it evolve into romance. I’ll give you a hint. From the blurb in the second book, I think so. But there is no mention of the stoic hero in book three’s blurb, so I think that speaks for itself.

Should you read it?

While I have yet to sample this one myself (too many books on the TBR pile!) I’d say the 4.5 star rating and 348 satisfied customer reviews would say: ABSOULUTELY!

Even though THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN technically leans more toward fantasy than romance, I’m definitely adding this to my teetering pile of books as we speak. I love the concept and the cover, and I totally respect that many positive reviews. So dive on into Emily R. King’s series and when you do, please come back and tell me all about it.

Have you read THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN? Did you love it? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought—fantasy romance? Or fantasy with romance?




Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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