Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1) by Jennifer Estep

Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)

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 Eve...

Details Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)

TitleKill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreFantasy, Magic, Adult, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)

  • Beth
    Breath-taking! White Knuckle Reading! Epic Fantasy at its finest! Estep rocks the epic fantasy genre with Kill the Queen and I can't wait for PROTECT THE PRINCE! I'm sure I'll want to re-read it at least once more before then...It is that AMAZING! This is going to the top of my list of favorite fantasy reads 2018.I received this ARC copy of Kill the Queen from HarperCollins - Harper Voyager. This is my honest and voluntary review. Kill the Queen ...
  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG A first in a new Fantasy series always has that unwelcome potential to be an information dump. When that happens the story seems to drag on and you don't seem to make much progress. Now Kill the Queen is a completely different caliber. It's addictive, fast paced and captivating. There is another thing that can slow a fantasy story down and that's archaic language. Jennifer Estep's first in this epic fantasy reads like ...
  • Maria V. Snyder
    I enjoyed this book very much! The characters and world were very engaging and I want to read the next book. My only complaint was the fact that the back cover copy pretty much gives away what happens in the first third of the book. Even Part 1 is titled "The Royal Massacre" so this isn't a spoiler. And knowing what was going to happen made the first third anticlimactic with no surprises so all the clues that "something isn't quite right" didn't ...
  • Holly
    3.5 starsBefore I talk about why I liked this book, and I did like it, I first need to get off my chest the one thing I really didn't like: the trope of 'main character is told to say/do something specific and then spends the majority of the book NOT doing that thing because of stupid reasons just to drag the plot out more'. Why do authors do this? The reader spends a lot of the time frustrated thinking 'are they going to say/do it NOW? No? How a...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum’d never read Jennifer Estep before Kill the Queen, though I’ve often seen her name spoken of highly among readers in urban fantasy and paranormal romance circles. As a result, I’d long been curious about her work, so when I first learned that she was venturing into epic fantasy with a new book described as a royal revenge story about a female gladiator, I was instan...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    It truly is hard to put down any book Estep writes but I have to say, Kill The Queen is one that was impossible to put down. From the very first few bloody chapters right up until the spectacular ending, I knew that this was going to be a series I wanted, no, needed, more of. Right from the beginning this screams Estep with the classic allure of both food references and bloody fight scenes along with a strong female MC that you just know is going...
  • ❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆
    *Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Voyager(Harper Collins) for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*Sadly, this book didn’t work for me (despite the amazing premise) for multiple reasons.I thought the world building was poorly flashed out (with bits of infos sprinkled in without a logic), the blurb describes it as “Game of Thrones meets Gladiator” but in reality the gladiators are used as plot device while the plot doesn’t have ...
  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    When I first heard about this series, I was very excited about it. I find that this entire concept in intriguing not to mention that the title of this book captures your attention very well.Jennifer Estep excels at writing strong heroines and Lady Everleigh is no exception. This series is marketed as Gladiator meets Game of Thrones and I can definitely sense that here. It has a ton of emotion to it, most of it negative as it deals with revenge an...
  • Lady Heather
    Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Crown of Shards epic fantasy series. Kill the Queen, book #1, will be released on Oct. 2.The Crown of Shards series focuses on Everleigh Blair, a member of the royal family who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This was a fantastic story! As soon as I saw this book online, I knew that I wanted to read it. Since this book is the beginning of a brand new series, I was really excited to give it a try. I did have a bit of a slow start with this book but that had everything to do with me and nothing to do with the book because the book was great. Once I had some time to dedicate to reading, I end...
  • Mei
    This is the first book I read from this author because I think the others were NA/YA and that's not for me.Also, I'm not overly fond of 1st person narrative, but in this case it worked very, very well!Anyhow, I liked it very much!The action is logical and the heroine, Evie, is excellent! She's intelligent. At the beginning she's repressing her nature because she knows that if she doesn't she'll be putting herself in harm's way. But, when all hell...
  • Ian
    This book is Jennifer Estep at her most "Jennifer Estep-iest". An orphan with a rare type of magic does battle with an evil queen to save the kingdom and prevent a war. If that doesn't sound familiar my question is, where have you been? So yeah. It's pretty much every Jennifer Estep book but I don't think that's a problem. Most of those books were pretty damned entertaining and Kill the Queen is up there with the best of them. 5 Stars because it'...
  • Sunny
    4.5 stars With a beginning reminiscent of The Red Wedding episode from Game of Thrones, Jennifer Estep starts her new series off with an unforgettable beginning. I was quickly drawn into the intrigue as I dropped into the life of the royal court of Bellona. Having grown up as the "throw away" cousin because of her lack of powers and her status in the progression to the throne, Evie is overlooked (unless she is needed to attend to a minor event th...
  • Geri Reads
    “The day of the royal massacre started out like any other. With me doing something completely utterly useless.” All it took was that line and I was instantly hooked.Kill the Queen is a fast paced, exhilarating new fantasy series from Jennifer Estep. Filled with magic and intrigue, Kill the Queen will leave you breathless with excitement as you follow Evie’s journey from a meek orphan girl to a force to be reckoned with.Part Gladiator, part ...
  • Jeffe Kennedy
    I'm just thrilled to welcome Jennifer Estep to the Fantasy Romance Dark Side. She brought the BEST FREAKING COOKIES! She's calling it epic fantasy, but I think the romance - a sizzling, very slow burn, as in, you don't even get a kiss, people - is too delicious not to mention. Her heroine is awesome, storytelling flawless. Great characters and conflict. I devoured it over the weekend which I now bitterly regret because I wish I could be still rea...
  • Douglas Meeks
    This book starts in the middle of a big palace event and gives you a taste of palace intrigue and some slow moving parts for a chapter or so and then everything erupts into chaos. Since I can't tell you what occurs over the next few scenes it was shocking and surprising since I am used to anything calling itself "epic fantasy" moving at the speed of mud. This story grabs you and really never lets go, if something is not happening, she/he/they are...
  • Grüffeline
    I was getting tired of people laughing at me, but I tightened my grip on the pillow. I had stolen it fair and square and I wasn't giving it up. This was amazing! Jennifer Estep once again proves that she deserves her spot among my favorite authors. She herself called this book an epic fantasy and I have to say... I agree! Once I got over the fact that Evie was complaining about having to make a pie (with me literally going: C'mon, I'd love to ba...
  • Kira
    3.5 starsThe blurb states that this is “Gladiator meets Game of Thrones” but only on the surface of things. It was only like Gladiator in the sense that it had gladiators. Although it has family treachery, it doesn’t even compare to the level of deception and cruelty of GOT. This greatly differs from GOT because the bad guys are obvious and only certain characters are likely to die. This had a massacre, but it was no red wedding. The royal ...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyKILL THE QUEEN is a thrilling new urban fantasy series which has some familiar fantasy story beats but it is such a fun read that it really doesn't matter. I enjoyed its usage of duality in Evie being an orphan living with her extended family; being a royal yet having to work with the servants; and the overarching theme of summer vs winter queens. I also loved that this society has a gladiator tradition ...
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  • Mara
    3 1/2I was quite a bit esitant before buying Kill the Queen: I had stopped reading her books quite early as they really seemed a carbon copy of each other, plus everything was too easy. So I was particularly reluctant to pay such a price for the ebook.But the reviews were good and the sample exciting. And I admit that I enjoyed very much this adrenaline fueled run towards a throne, even if I still think her stories aren't fully believable (yes, I...
  • Danyelle
    I received this from Goodreads in a giveaway in return for an honest reviewI just noticed that I finish this book a while ago and never updated my status on it so here goes...I very much enjoyed the story how it was a fantasy world and yet almost historical at the same time. I definitely enjoyed the gladiator theme to the story and how at some points it felt like I was in ancient Rome in a Coliseum but also in a almost modern fantasy world I do l...
  • Alison
    Smashed it out of the park!For a woman who grew up on David Eddings and those glorious fantasy coming of age novels this was both a flashback to those halcyon days and a fresh reboot.Lady Everleigh "Evie" Saffira Winter Blair lives in the court of Queen Cordelia, a penniless cousin rolled out to do the dirty work that the royal family don't want to do (opening hospitals, baking cakes for visiting royalty etc. In a world where having magic is ever...
  • Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
    WOW, what a fabulous start to a new series by Jennifer Estep. When I first heard about this series I was very excited. I had just discovered Estep, Elemental Assassins series, and feel in love, so finding out a new series was coming I couldn’t pass it up.Everything about this book captured me. We’ve got a spoiled villain, gladiators, magic, and a young women who must accept who she is, transform to save herself, and her kingdom.Bellona is a k...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    strong>Caffeinated Reasons to Grab Kill the Queen Gladiators, a treacherous, spoiled villain, magic and a young lady who must transform herself to save them all! Lady Everleigh, whose parents were killed and whose lack of magical ability keeps her to the shadows of the royal court.  Bellona is a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Lady Evie has a secret. A magical gift she never shares. Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Epic Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*Jennifer Estep's Kill the Queen is the first installment in A Crown of Shards trilogy. Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair is part of the royal family in Bellona, but she is pretty much ignored because of her status as an unwanted orphan. Her only real human contact comes from Maeven, the kitchen steward, and Alvis, Metalstone Master & royal jeweler who both took Evie under their wings w...
  • Shelleen Toland
    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 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...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Kill the Queen was good, it was really good. The series has potential.
  • nick
    I'm always lamenting the fact that adult fantasy romance is not more popular. There is just something about the combination of a dangerous fantasy setting and a steamy romance that just appeals to me. I was thrilled to find out about Kill the Queen and added the book to my TBR just after taking a look at that cover. This was an exciting and action-packed first book and I can't wait for more!Kill the Queen opened up with a brutal massacre that lef...
  • Ann (annreads)
    “Summer queens are fine and fair, with pretty ribbons and flowers in their hair. Winter queens are cold and hard, with frosted crowns made of icy shards.”That was actually really good! I was just hoping for a fun quick read, but oh boy this book delivered so much more than that! Bad thing is that I’m already anticipating the next one😅4/5★★★★