The Hundredth Queen vs Shadow and Bone
A book Comparison
I started reading both books at the same time. Actually, I listened to The Hundredth Queen, and I read Shadow and Bone. This is not a new occurence for me. I often have 3-4 books going at one time. I don’t get them mixed up and I can remember what’s going on in each story.
These two books caught me up, however. I would read one and get it confused with the other. It didn’t matter which one I was “reading” at the time, I would think of the other, and try to remember what was going on in each.
So I asked myself why? Why couldn’t I keep these books separated like normal? Turns out, they are actually very similar…yet different.
Both series have a female protagonist. This is quite normal. Twilight, Hunger Games, Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass…etc. A female protagonist is not that odd.
What if BOTH protagonists could control a form of light? In the Hundredth Queen, Kalinda can control fire. She has powers that allow her to use fire to burn, heat, warm. In Shadow and Bone, Alina can control light. Or the Sun. She’s called a Sun Summoner. They both use their hands to summon this power and they both use it as protection.
And neither knew about their powers at the start of the book.
Another similarity? Along with controlling fire/sun, they are not the only “powerful” people. In Shadow and Bone, the Grisha can control the human body (Heartrenders and Healers), the elements (air, fire, and water), and materials (glass, stone, steel, and even poisons).
Pretty much any thing on the earth.
In The Hundredth Queen, Kalinda is a Bhuta. The different Bhutas can control fire, air, water, and earth. They can literally command the earth to split open, the waters to drown, and the fires to burn.
Similar? Enough so that when I picked up a book, I became confused as to who could do what and so forth.
Want another? Both girls had a very powerful man wanting them. Kalinda is engaged to the King, Raja Tarek. Alina has been picked by The Darkling, the strongest Grisha in history.
Both girls ALSO hate these men and have given their hearts to a common soldier.
Even their names are similar: Alina and Kalinda.
That being said, I stopped reading the Shadow and Bone series while I went on to read book two in The Hundredth Queen series and longingly await the arrival of book three in the very near future.
Have you read either, or both, books? What do you think about my similarities?
Check out The Hundredth Queen and other books on my Recommendations Page.
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