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 romanceIn a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Ever...

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

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

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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ❆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 ...
  • ☕ 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 moth...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Megan Lyons
    3 1/2 starsThis was surprisingly hard to put down. I was in a bit of a reading slump and I read most of this in couple of sittings. It was fast moving and engaging. The protagonist was likable, though I did find that her personality took a 180 a little too quickly and conveniently. The change was the result of a traumatic event, and it's explained a few times that she is finally able to be herself, but I found the change a bit jarring. The tone o...
  • Lisa
    Review from Tenacious Reader: the Queen is a wonderful story of good versus evil, with a main protagonist that I loved getting to know and root for. There were many familiar aspects of this story (as I explain below), but they are all the good familiar with characters that are built out enough that you can’t help but care and enjoy the story, embrace those traits that are so common because they are a...
  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.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 ...
  • 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...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    “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.”Kill the Queen is the first book in the Crown of Shards series and it was quite a bloody beginning. This story is told from Lady Everleigh’s point of view and during this telling she she delves into the history of her life in the royal court and her noxious relationship with her cousin, Pr...
  • Kiera
    The plot was decent. However, the writing was bland at best. No memorable characters, and the MC's were not flushed out properly. As for the dialogue, there are a multitude of wonderful curse words in the English language. "Bitch" is not creative nor that insulting when used repetitively. For the love of god have your heroine deliver more creative insults than "bitch."Also, there are more colors in the rainbow than black and red. If I read a sent...
  • Melliane
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI really like Jennifer Estep’s novels, so when I saw the release of this brand new book and series, I could not help but take it! I was eager to discover a whole new story of this author and I must say that I really had a great time.Everyone thinks that Evie has no powers and she keeps secret her immunity to magic. So since her arrival at the palace, she is put aside, forgotten, and especially used as a paw...
  • TJ
    4.5/5.0 WOW! For as long as I have been reading the urban fantasy/fantasy genres Ilona Andrews has been the standard in writing perfection that no one else has quite been able to achieve (IMHO). Well, that standard has just been blown out of the water! Seriously!! Hit, landed and NAILED IT!! Ms. Estep is now firmly on the level of the very best of the best (and that is not a compliment I give randomly!)This story hits every point that fantasy lov...
  • Jackie
    *3.5 stars* A fast paced, bloody adventure that reminds us that those who wear a crown will always be a target. “Kill the Queen” begins with a massacre that threatens the entire royal line apart from one survivor Evie who struggles to find her place in a world where her very name can get her killed. When she meets up with a traveling gladiator show with ties to the late queen she has to learn quickly who are friends and who are enemies and ul...
  • Ashley Williams
    4.25 StarsThis is only my second Estep book though it definitely won't be my last. I think Estep put an interesting twist on the typical elemental-type magic system. I love that there are different species like shifters and such. The main character Evie was pretty cool, though her POV reads more new adult which was fine with me. While I wanted more, I really liked the romantic tension. Lastly, the plot toward the latter end of the book was well e...
  • Sarah
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is the book I needed this week. Hell - it’s the book I’ve needed for most of this year. Yes, this is fantasy - but a book about female warriors, female rage and a cold, calculated female resistance to political corruption? The story kinda made my heart hope. Lady Everleigh Blair starts the story as a minor royal wallflower and a victim of palace politics. But when Lady ...
  • Michelle
    Revenge is a dish best served by Estep. If there's one theme that definitely emerges from Estep's stories it's revenge. She's very good at being wicked to her characters and giving them some kind of trauma they need to overcome and avenge. Unfortunately for Lady Everleigh. she is no exception to Estep's wrath. Lady Everleigh aka Evie is a long way from claiming the throne; in fact, she's rarely ever noticed unless there's some kind of grunt work ...
  • Bambi Unbridled
    Crown of Shards is the first installment of a dynamic new series by Jennifer Estep that I couldn't wait to get my grabby hands on... and let me tell you, this story did not disappoint! I can't wait for the next book to come out, but we will have to wait until 2019. Lady Everleigh Winter Blair is a royal orphan whose parents were murdered when she was a child. Everleigh was passed around until she came to the royal court in Bellona, where growing ...
  • Melissa
    This book came to me after a long reading slump so I admit I was a bit worried that I would have trouble really getting into the book. Honestly I had nothing to worry about... in fact I had a hard time putting this book down. It is also a great book to get into fantasy. A lot of the YA fantasy lately has really made the fantasy genre accessible to those that worried that it was just too heavy handed for them. However, this didn't solve the proble...
  • Diane Lynch
    Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep Jennifer Estep’s KILL THE QUEEN is an amazing debut to the Crown of Shards series.  Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair was the seventeenth in line for the throne.  Her cousin, Vasilia, the crown princess, kills everyone in the royal family to ensure her spot on the throne.  Evie manages to escape hiding among a troupe of gladiators, while determining her next move.  This fantasy is suit...
  • Denise H
    Kill the Queen is a fantastic epic fantasy with a slow burn romance in the works. You can feel it simmering and there was not even any lip-smacking yet! I am looking forward to the explosion I am sure is to come in the future. There is so much to enjoy in Evie’s story; a lot of twists and turns, betrayal, lies, deceit, constant suspense, a shroud of mystery and lots of action. Could you imagine being so far down a royal line that you are invisi...