Crush the King by Jennifer Estep

Crown of Shards, Book 3

Synopsis: Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables and take the fight to her enemies.

There is no better opportunity to strike than during the Regalia Games, a time when warriors, nobles, and royals from all the kingdoms come together to compete in various sporting events. With the help of her loyal friends, Evie goes on the attack at the Regalia, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes. Soon, she is facing a terrifying new threat, and she will have to dig deep and learn even more about her growing magic if she has any chance of defeating her foes.

Because to secure her throne and ensure her kingdom’s survival, Evie must think like a true Bellonan: she must outsmart and outwit her enemies . . . and crush the king.

Review: I really like Jennifer Estep and after having a very good time with the first two volumes, I only wanted to dive into this third opus!

Evie doesn’t have time to get bored with everything that falls on her and it’s now the turn of the Regalia Games! But here it is, all the numbers and members of the royalty will be present, which means that her lifelong enemy will also be there. Determined to stop letting herself be carried away and to attack, our heroine will do everything in her power to destroy her opponent. Problem? He has the same idea.

It was once again a great novel and I had a great time with Evie and the other characters. We learn some revelations that we don’t necessarily see coming and we find all the characters we love. Evie is evolving while still trying to do the best for her kingdom, even if her life is at stake! I don’t know if this novel is the last one, but in any case, it’s a series that’s really worth discovering.

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