Review: Protect The Prince

 

Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

But dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, Evie’s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

But Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s . . . well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

 

Warning! Mild spoilers below.

Protect the Prince is the second installment in the Crown of Shards series and it definitely surpassed my expectations! Jennifer Estep really did a fantastic job!

Protect the Prince picks up a couple of months after Kill the Queen, Everleigh better known as Evie is slowly settling into her role as queen. Although there are nobles who are planning ways to get into her graces. One is by having Evie marry one of their sons. Thankfully, Evie is one to hold a grudge especially towards those who treated her badly before she was queen so she’s happy to put them in their place. After stopping an assassination attempt against her sent from the Mortan assassin Maeven, Evie is determined to head towards the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to make an alliance against Morta. However, Evie soon learns many in Andvari still hold a grudge against Bellona for the massacre the previous queen caused which included people from Andvari. In fact, King Heinrich is one them especially since his son was one of the victims so he’s more than happy to make Evie pay for her cousin’s sins by giving her harsh conditions to get the alliance. If that was not enough, Evie soon learns when arriving that somebody in the the Andvarian kingdom wants her dead. Hey, who said being Queen was going to be easy?

Overall, Protect the Prince was an exciting installment to read! Fans will be pleased to know Protect the Prince was way better than the first installment, Kill the Queen! We get to see Queen Evie in action! Now if you’ve been read the first installment then you should now the type of character Evie has so do not expect a delicate queen. Instead, we got a gladiator queen as you’ll see throughout the book! Of course, Evie does have her girly side of her as we see her relationship with her love interest Lucas Sullivan get tested. Like I said, this was an enthralling novel to read and now I cannot wait for the next installment, Crush The King!

 

*I received Protect The Prince from the publisher via Edelweiss in return for an honest review.*

 

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