Review: Kill the Queen

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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.

 

Warning! Mild spoilers below.

 

As a fan of Jennifer Estep’s work, I felt an obligation to read Kill the Queen. After all, Jennifer Estep tends to write epic series from a variety of genres.

Boy, I love to be right!

Kill the Queen was a great story and an amazing start to the trilogy!

We start off Kill the Queen with meeting Everleigh, our heroine who prefers the name Evie. Due to being a minor member of the Bellona royal family, Evie is seventeenth in line for the throne. As a result, Evie is ignored by most people or they tend to insult her due to her lack of magic power.  During an event, Vasilia, Evie’s cousin and the crown princess, stages a coup and kills the queen along those present so no one can know about her treachery. Evie manages to survive the attack because of her secret and talent which is Evie has an immunity to magic. Forced on the run, Evie takes refuge at a gladiator school who let her stay and teach her to fight. Despite deciding to lay low, Evie makes friends which is something she never had the chance to experience but she also makes enemies as well. It also becomes clear to Evie that she has to stop Vasilia otherwise the kingdom will be plunged into war.

Overall, Jennifer Estep did another fantastic job with Evie! You can always count on Jennifer Estep to give fans a strong heroine like Evie here. Not to mention that Jennifer Estep has a talent in always coming up with different types of worlds. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the world of the Crown of Shards series. Another thing I enjoyed is meeting the new characters because I’m sure who they are now will change once we see them develop as the series goes on. I mean just look at Evie, you can see she’s no longer the same Evie we met in the beginning. The best part is we are going to see her grow even more in her new position. So I’m really looking forward to the release of Protect The Prince.

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