Kill the Queen

Kill the Queen

by Jennifer Estep

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062797612
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: A Crown of Shards Novel Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 30,519
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

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Kill the Queen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the author. I read a lot of urban fantasy, and I've read all 17 of her Elemental Asassin series. I highly recommend it too. If this first book in her new series is any indication, it's going to be my new favorite. I loved the pagentry of courts, lords and ladies.I loved all the magic varieties and the morphs(people who turn into ogres, and dragons and more).I liked the weird/unfamiliar gladiator culture of the Bellonans. The ogre morph culture of the Ungers, cool new countries and cultures that we get to explore throughout the book. I enjoyed it all and was engrossed and engaged from the first page. Try it, you'll like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book and characters! Jennifer Estep is an awesome writer and have recommended her books to a lot of people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer has done it again, another wonderfully told story with great characters. Evie is a great all around lead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this in one sitting! Richer in detail and world building than her previous works; I look forward to the next in the series!
Anonymous 5 days ago
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Anonymous 4 months ago
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thereadingchick 6 months ago
When I read the synopsis and saw Gladiator meets Game of Thrones I just knew I had to read this novel! It was a very apt description. Kill the Queen is an action fantasy adventure novel that follows our heroine Lady Everleigh from the halls of the Queen’s castle to the dorms of a Gladiator troop. Seventeenth in line for the throne and virtually ignored by the royal family due to her lack of magical talent, Evie finds herself the sole survivor of her cousin Vasilia’s royal coup and the assassination of the Queen. Escaping the scene, Evie hides out in plain sight as a member of a traveling Gladiator troop filled with ex guards of the just assassinated Queen. I listened to the audiobook of this novel narrated by Lauren Fortgang who did a fabulous job featuring different voices for a very lengthy list of characters. She imbued the plot with excitement, not losing any of the tension in these action packed scenes. I will definitely be looking at other books narrated by Lauren Fortgang. Evie was a heroine that showed such tremendous growth in character that by the conclusion of the novel you were completely on her side wanting to see her as the champion of every scene. Her evolution included her own realization that her lack of power was in itself very powerful making her the ultimate underdog, and I do love rooting for the underdog. The novel was imbued with colorful characters for Evie to interact with, even a light love interest that may develop in future novels, but really it was her friendship with all of these characters that gave this novel a lift. Evie was the girl who had only one or two close companions when she lived in the castle but by the end of the book she had a dozen new friends who had her back. I am a big fan of Jennifer Estep’s YA Mythos Academy series because I have a fondness for fantasy action novels. Kill the Queen was right in my sweet spot and when I finished I immediately gushed about it to anyone that would listen to me. If you like fantasy novels you MUST read Kill the Queen it’s one of my favorite novels so far this year. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Anonymous 12 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I can't wait for the second one. Jennifer Estep is soo good at making her characters and she had me at the edge of my seat for most of this book! I loved how Evie's character developed in this book and I'm anxiously waiting for the second one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kill the Queen is the first book in the Crown of Shards series by Jennifer Estep, who has a number of other urban fantasy novels & series under her belt. I was aware of Estep prior to this book but hadn't read any of her work before, but I think I will go back and try some of the other books out, because this book was FUN! Everleigh is 17th in line for the throne of Bellona, the orphaned and "powerless" royal cousin no one wants, when her cousin, Vasilia, engineers a massacre resulting in the death of Vasilia's mother, the queen, and Vasilia's takeover of the kingdom of Bellona. Everleigh survives the massacre and escapes, reinventing herself as Evie and a member of the Black Swan gladiator troupe. (No spoilers - this is all in the book summary). The buildup was a little on the slow side at the beginning, but by the time I reached the halfway mark I couldn't stop reading. Estep writes great battle scenes - which is harder to do than you'd think (I've done it myself, and there is an art to choreographing them on the page). I liked her characters, though there are quite a few of them, and I did not feel I got to know most of them as well as I would have liked. We get hints of the secondary characters and a better look at Everleigh, but I am hooked for books #2 and #3 because there is a lot that is not elucidated in this book. That said, Estep does provide a complete story in Kill the Queen - there is a not a cliffhanger at the end, except that we know there is more story to be told - so although I would like to see her characters and storylines develop over the next two books, it's not because this book is incomplete. It is pitched as a cross between Game of Thrones and Gladiator, with powerful women characters. The latter is definitely true - it's a matriarchal society, and women pretty much run everything. I have mixed feelings about this personally but I have seen a lot more books shift to this sort of theme in the last few years. I personally prefer a more balanced approach but it does not detract from the story. As for the GoT /Gladiator concept - to some extent, though it is FAR simpler than the GoT series - not as many characters (thank goodness), not as much complexity, not as much intrigue. I think that's fine - while I love GoT, it is hard to keep track of the characters and storylines. Anyway, totally worth the read. Not really YA - the mains are in their late twenties / early thirties - more like new adult. It reminded me a little bit of Sarah Maas' Throne of Glass series as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had intrigue, suspense, action and romance, it was a pleasure to read.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 5 Long Live the Queen!!! What a wonderful wonderful first book in a series. I was hooked from the very first page of this book. I love Everleigh (aka Evie)!! She is awesome, tough and not willing to give up even when the odds are 100% against her. I can’t wait to see how much she grows in this series. And Sully oh man I sure hope I know where Ms. Estep is taking him :D. As with all first books there is a lot of world building but Ms. Estep is extremely talented at keeping the story from getting bogged down by all the information you are getting. I had the great pleasure of listening to Lauren Fortgang bring Jennifer Estep characters to life. This was my first book narrated by Ms. Fortgang. I really enjoyed the way that she handled each character. I look forward to listening to more books narrated by Ms. Fortgang. Just remember someone always wants to kill the Queen. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased an audio copy of this book to listen to. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have liked all her other books this was an interesting take on magic and royalty. I will definitely read the rest of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. The world Jennifer Estep has created is fascinating and fully fleshed. I can't wait for the next in the series. I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very promising new series. Loved the story and characters. Can't wait to see what is next and where the author takes us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
Crown of Shards Book One. Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair is a noble in the court of Bellona, but only just. Her lack of obvious powers has cast her into the role of royal stand in. However, anyone with a scrap of royal blood is a potential threat in the eyes of Princess Vasilia. Evie barely survives the Royal Massacre because no one really thinks she could have lived through Vasilia's power. However, with her dying breath, the former Queen Cordelia tells Evie to survive and find her former guard Serilda. When Evie finds herself near the Black Swan Arena, she follows Cordelia's advice and joins the gladiator troupe. If you're looking for a new fantasy series steeped in blood and court politics, this is the book for you!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the begining of a great series. Love the characters and cant wait to find out what happens next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
can't wait to read the next one!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading any of Estep’s adult fantasy titles, and I was not disappointed! Kill the Queen starts off with Evie, a minor royal, narrowly escaping a deadly coup by the Crown Princess to take the throne before her time. With no one to trust, she joins a gladiator troupe to hide, as well as gain some skills for survival. However, soon she begins to trust the people in the troupe, as well as win them over, and prepares for a final showdown against the one who took her family. Evie’s characterization is of one who has been putting up walls her entire life, due to a betrayal in her childhood, and now that she is in a gladiator troupe, she starts to let people in. She doesn’t trust them with the truth initially, but she also isn’t entirely cynical about them; this opposed to her only seeing vipers at court. Additionally, she has been made to be a dutiful royal half her life, so now she has a chance to make her own decisions, which is why she is initially hesitant to be another figurehead ruler to oppose her cousin’s rule. She slowly starts to accept her birthright and her duties; where she was forced into it earlier, now she accepts it for the greater good. Her friendship with the people in the troupe as well as her budding romance one of the them, Sullivan, are the highlights of her journey towards trusting people. The magic of the world has its flavor – it is mostly about controlling a specific material or element (like stone, or fire), but there are also people with ‘low magic’ who have enhanced senses; Evie is one of the latter, with enhanced smell that allows her to sniff out emotions, among other things. She also has a nullification ability, which serves her well when matched against opponents much more experienced than her. The action scenes in the book are dynamic and entertaining to read, as well as the whole training aspect, and there is one scene about a particular dance that was utterly magical to visualize. Overall, it is an interesting start to what looks like an amazing series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
KILL THE QUEEN is the first instalment in Jennifer Estep’s CROWN OF SHARDS epic fantasy series focusing on the Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair aka Evie, a young woman of royal blood whose entire family was murdered in a coup for the throne. Told in three distinctive parts, using first person point of view (Evie) KILL THE QUEEN follows Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair aka Evie as she struggles to survive in the aftermath of a murderous rage that destroyed everyone and everything that she loved. Years earlier, orphaned at the age of twelve as a result of her parents’ murder, Evie entered the magical kingdom of Bellona, a kingdom ruled by her cousin Queen Cordelia, and her daughter Crown- Princess Vasilia. Believing Evie to hold no magical powers of her own, other than the simplified and basic ‘mutt magic’, our heroine, the now twenty seven year old, seventeenth in line to the throne of Bellona, has been virtually ignored for the past fifteen years. A royal celebration in honor of the Andvarian ambassador proved otherwise as Evie would be one of only two survivors of the Blair family massacre meant to destroy all those with any bloodrights to the throne. What ensues is Evie’s journey to the status of The Black Swan, as she and her fellow warriors and gladiators set into motion a plan to avenge the death of them all. KILL THE QUEEN is awash in Jennifer Estep’s affinity for ‘elemental magic’. Like Gin Blanco in the author’s Elemental Assassin, our heroine Evie must become an assassin in order to avenge the death of the people she loves. From weather mages, elementals, gem and metal workers, ogres, shifters and gladiators, KILL THE QUEEN follows the magical journey wherein Evie must prepare to battle to the death in an effort to prove she is worthy of the throne. Many of Jennifer Estep’s signature go-to story line components are present including Evie’s band of misfit elementals and warriors; a potential love interest; and the mention of the Delta Queen, as well as several characters from both her Elemental Assassin, and Bigtime Series-hint, hint Easter Eggs. Not withstanding the numerous and obvious parallel similarities between the Elemental Assassin and Crown of Shards series, KILL THE QUEEN is an intriguing, magical and infinitely detailed story of magic, honor, power and greed.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I would nit read this book again it mad me mad