Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Blog Tour Review - Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep @puretextuality @HarperVoyagerUS

I am excited to be a part of the blog tour for Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep.  I found this to be a really exciting book that could be hard to put down. 

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
Series: Crown of Shards #1
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Date Read: October 8, 2018
Length: 480 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
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.

My Review

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 ended up devouring the bulk of this book in a single day.  This was a story that grabbed me and didn't want to let go.

Lady Everleigh's life is about to change.  She lives in the royal court and is actually seventeenth in line for the throne but she is treated rather poorly.  She is often the token royal sent to do the things that more important royals don't want to do like bake pies or learn complicated dances.  Things go horribly wrong at an event at the palace and soon Everleigh is more focused on survival than anything else.

I try to go into books as blindly as possible and I don't think I even read the entire summary for this book before I got started with it.  I do recommend going into this one blindly because I think that the book's summary gives a whole lot away.  I was completely shocked by some of the turns this book took which I think added to my enjoyment. 

I thought that Everleigh was a fantastic character.  I loved how much growth we saw in her over the course of the story.  She starts out knowing her place in the world and just trying to do what was expected of her to the best of her ability.  She proves to be quite resourceful and has a lot of strength she didn't know she had.  Even at her toughest, she never stopped thinking about others and was willing to make huge sacrifices in order to protect those she cared about. 

This book had a lot going for it.  There are some pretty intense action scenes that really kept the excitement level high.  I thought that the world building was very well done and loved all of the different ways that magic could manifest in an individual.  I thought that the relationships between the characters were very well done and felt quite authentic.  I liked that there is just a hint of romance worked into the story. 

I would highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy or urban fiction.  I thought that this book was a fantastic story filled with a lot of action and characters that I grew to care about.  I can't wait to read more from this wonderful series!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.
About the Author
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. She is the author of the following series:
THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES
THE CROWN OF SHARDS SERIES
THE MYTHOS ACADEMY SPINOFF SERIES
THE MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES
THE BIGTIME SERIES
THE BLACK BLADE SERIES

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24 comments:

  1. I've been seeing this one around a lot lately, but now that I read your review I'm adding it to my list! Thanks, Carole :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you get the chance to read it, Silvia!

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  2. I'm glad to learn that I'm not the only person to not-read the synopsis. I hate when too much is given away!

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    1. I think that often the less you know about a book the better.

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  3. I'm kind of interested in this one...

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  4. I really had a good time with this one as well!

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  5. I really enjoyed this and found it so easy to read which is not always the case with fantasy which can feel too heavy. Great review Carole. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  6. I am curious, but I will wait for more to come put cos I suck at making my mind up

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    1. Maybe you will end up reading the whole series together.

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  7. I try to not look at blurbs b/c you're right, sometimes they do give away part of the good stuff and on some disastrous occasions, the best part. Alas, I can't help myself. ;)
    I do love that this one had you finishing it in a day.

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    1. I love being surprised so I don't like to know too much about a book. Once I had a chance to really read, I didn't want to put this one down.

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  8. I've read quite a few reviews for this one and everyone seems to be loving it.

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    1. It was really well done. I am excited to see where the series will go with the next book.

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  9. I enjoy this genre and been seeing this book a lot lately. Happy to see you liked it.

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  10. This was one of my favorite reads of the year Carole. So glad you loved it.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it as well, Kimberly! It was really well done.

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  11. I listened to this book and agree with what you're saying. I really loved it. I didn't read the blurb, because I like to go in blind too. It does give a lot away, doesn't it? Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I think that this blurb gives way too much away and was kind of surprised when I did actually look at it. I am just glad that I didn't look before reading the book!

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  12. This one sounds perfect for me and I am glad you were able to love it so much! I love when the hint of romance is kept to the minimum side of things so it doesn't overtake the story but it is still believable. And the world and characters sound incredibly well done ^.^

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