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Protect the Prince

Protect the Prince, July 2019
Crown of Shards #2
by Jennifer Estep

Harper Voyager
Featuring: Everleigh Blair (Evie); Lucas Sullivan
416 pages
ISBN: 0062797646
EAN: 9780062797643
Kindle: B07CRDFG8H
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"Can Evie survive three assassination attempts while thwarting the plans of those opposing her?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Protect the Prince
Jennifer Estep

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted July 3, 2019

Fantasy

Queen Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair, known to her friends as Evie, is anticipating an assassination attempt. After all, no one ever thought she would be queen due to the line of succession ahead of her. The Seven Spire massacre (see KILL THE QUEEN for more details) changed everything. Evie remembers who treated her poorly when she was just an orphan princess, but she also knows she must do what is best for the people of Bellona. An alliance with the King of Andvari would greatly benefit both her kingdom as well as his, but is she willing to pay the price the king wants?

PROTECT THE PRINCE is the second book in the Crown of Shards series and picks up shortly after the conclusion of the first book, KILL THE QUEEN. The Crown of Shards series is definitely one you want to read in order as the world building and character development are ongoing. Evie has already established a small circle of friends she trusts with her life and she's given her love to a man she thinks she can never have. Those relationships were built in the first novel before Evie became the Winter Queen and now we are seeing how her role as the reigning monarch will impact both her own life and the relationships with the people she loves and trusts.

PROTECT THE PRINCE really digs into the various court intrigues, both at home and in Advari. Evie has to navigate the nobles and their plots, while trying to uncover the more devious plots of the Mortans. I love that Evie directly addresses Maeven and her own dubious place in their world. I'm hopeful we'll see some twists and turns with the seeds of doubt that Evie sowed with Maeven.

PROTECT THE PRINCE is yet another stellar offering from Jennifer Estep. I grew up loving epic fantasy novels and Jennifer Estep is one of the authors reigniting my love for the genre. Splendid world building, lots of court intrigue, fascinating characters and an oh so deadly villain, and chock full of action- PROTECT THE PRINCE has it all! I can't wait to see what happens next!

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SUMMARY

Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling 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…


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