Crown of Shards #1
On Sale: October 2, 2018
Featuring: Lady Everleigh "Evie"; Lucas Sullivan
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Fantasy | Fantasy Saga
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
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
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.
I started reading epic fantasy in high school, and I quickly devoured every single epic fantasy book that I could get my hands on. In fact, the very first (unpublished) book that I ever wrote back in college was an epic fantasy. That’s why I’m so thrilled to finally be writing my own epic fantasy series.
KILL THE QUEEN is book #1 in my Crown of Shards series. KILL THE QUEEN focuses on Everleigh Blair, a royal who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena.
So the book is sort of like Gladiator meets Game of Thrones with a kick-butt heroine. If you are looking for a fantasy book with a strong heroine, plus lots of action, adventure, magic, and a healthy dose of romance, then you should check out KILL THE QUEEN.
You can read the first chapter of KILL THE QUEEN on my website
I hope that everyone enjoys getting to know Evie and all the other characters in KILL THE QUEEN. Happy reading! :-)
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep
Frisco Book Club - March 4, 2019
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Crown of Shards
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