Kill The Queen Review
Title: Kill The Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.
In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.
But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.
Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.
But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.
I’m currently reading Protect The Prince and realized that I forgot to post my review of Kill The Queen!!! 🤪How you ask? I have no clue. I’m not sure how it escaped my knowledge… but here it is!!!
I remember the day I discovered this lovely book. I was shelving books at Anderson’s, picked this one up and just knew it was mine. I did not read it right away because I had a massive TBR pile but when I eventually opened this book I was completely entranced by it.
Kill The Queen is one of those books that just blows you away! It has everything I love in a book and more (although there could have been more romance but that sllloooow burn really worked as well). This was a nonstop read for me. I was never bored and I never skimmed pages. I just absorbed all it’s amazingness. I actually had to make myself slow down while reading because I was so anxious to read the next thing that I missing the story. But I just couldn’t help myself. I just HAD to know what was going to happen next.
The relationship between Lucas and Evie is that simmer you’re just waiting for the boil. You crave it. I loved the nicknames for each other and how they never called each other by their first names. And when they did use each other’s name it was because they were serious and trying to make a point. I love that! There could have been some kissing though… something…
Alos, Evie?!?!?! Wonderful. Empowering. Flawed. Pissed off. She is that heroine that has to work for it and believe in herself. She is that woman you want to be. I just cheered for her constantly. She was so sarcastic and funny and strong. But that’s what she grew into. She wasn’t always that way and I think that’s what made me love her more. She found worth in herself, while also seeing she could do so much for the people she loved.
Plus, if you love action and adventure, then you will love this. This book literally has everything. I don’t like to throw this out there much but to me, this was a perfect book. It didn’t fall into those trope traps that a lot of fantasy books can fall into. It was perfect!
If you’re in a reading slump and looking for something to shock the love of reading back into you, then this is the book for you. I could go on, and on, and on, and on about how much I loved this book but really, just go out and read it. I demand it. When you finish this book you will just be like “Ahh! Yes, this was the book I’ve always been looking for!”
P.S. the upside of forgetting to post this review: I can now tell you that I met Jennifer Estep at KissCon and she was amazing and I was completely starstruck by her. And second I just discovered Jenna Moreci on youtube. She has this video that I believe fits Kill The Queen perfectly. Click here to watch Jenna Moreci’s video summing up why this book was amazing (She’s not actually talking about Kill The Queen but she might as well have been) Click here to see Jenna Moreci’s video about the worst fantasy tropes that NEVER make an appearance in Kill The Queen, which gives even more evidence to the fact that this is an epic, amazing, wonderful fantasy that is a top favorite for me. Which means I will be bugging everyone to read it. Get ready!
If you’ve never heard of Jenna Moreci before AND you’re a book nerd, check her out. She’s hilarious and to the point! I’m not sure how I've so long without her videos…
-Happy Reading again!