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Capture the Crown

Capture the Crown, July 2021
Gargoyle Queen #1
by Jennifer Estep

Harper Voyager
Featuring: Gemma Ripley; Leonidas Morricone (Leo)
432 pages
ISBN: 0063023032
EAN: 9780063023031
Kindle: B08KQCZ4FY
Paperback / e-Book / audiobook
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"Working as a spy, Princess Gemma is determined to protect her kingdom from old enemies."

Fresh Fiction Review

Capture the Crown
Jennifer Estep

Reviewed by Rosie Bindra
Posted July 6, 2021


Gemma Armina Merilde Ripley of Andavari loves being the pampered princess most people assume she is, but beyond her love for the gowns, the jewels, and the balls that come with being a princess is Gemma’s love of being a spy. In her latest investigation, the powerful mind magier has discovered a smuggling ring while undercover as a tearstone miner. When Gemma finds herself in trouble, her surprising rescuer turns out to be Leonidas Morricone, Prince of Morta, and her mortal enemy.

Trying to determine who she can trust while behind enemy lines is hard enough but Gemma is also struggling with a trauma from her past which is causing her to suppress her magic. Then there’s the little matter of her feelings for Leo. Though his brother may want him dead, Leo is still the son of the murderous Queen Maeven, and he might be playing Gemma in order to make sure his mother is the only queen left sitting on the throne.

I hated when the Crown of Shards trilogy ended because Jennifer Estep did such an amazing job of creating this fantasy world I became completely immersed in and didn’t want to see end. Luckily, Estep has returned to that world with a new series that begins with CAPTURE THE CROWN. Estep’s ability to weave so many elements into her books is what makes her such a great storyteller. Murder, vengeance, romance, action, mystery, betrayal and more are all threaded through, submerging readers into a deadly fantasy world full of magic. Grimley, Gemma’s gargoyle, is the ultimate scene-stealer. I couldn’t get enough of the stubby-legged gargoyle. Given their backgrounds, the romance between Gemma and Leo is an impossible battle but that just makes the anticipation of what’s to come so much sweeter. Though not completely without fault (I could do without the constant reminders of the country colours), CAPTURE THE CROWN will weave its magic over readers, thrusting them into an intriguing fantasy world they won’t want to leave.

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Bestselling author Jennifer Estep returns to her Crown of Shards world with an all-new trilogy and a bold new heroine who protects her kingdom from magic, murder, and mayhem by moonlighting as a spy. 

Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier—and a spy. 

Gemma is undercover, trying to figure out who is stealing large amounts of tearstone from one of the Ripley royal mines when she encounters Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta—her mortal enemy. Gemma tries to steer clear of the handsome prince, but when she finds herself behind enemy lines, she reluctantly joins forces with Leo. Also coming to Gemma’s aid is Grimley, her beloved gargoyle.

Despite the fact that Andvari and Morta are old, bitter enemies, a dangerous attraction sparks between Gemma and Leo. Further complicating matters is Leo’s murderous family, especially Queen Maeven Morricone, the mastermind behind the infamous Seven Spire massacre.

The closer Gemma gets to the stolen tearstone, the more deadly plots she uncovers. Everyone is trying to capture the crown, but only one queen can sit on the throne … 

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