- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (14 December 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062797611
- ISBN-13: 978-0062797612
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
- Customer Reviews: 320 customer ratings
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"Jennifer Estep's Kill the Queen is the fierce, feminist kick-off of a great new fantasy series... a sweeping, addictive adventure with a tiny hint of romance that will leave readers clamoring for more of this universe as soon as they reach the last page."--Culturess.com
"Jennifer Estep takes the world of high fantasy by storm with a book so perfectly plotted and executed that I gasped out loud at each new reveal and unexpected turn. Evie is the heroine we all want to read about: as compassionate as she is ruthless, as cunning as she is kind, and as fierce and focused as anyone must be in order to KILL THE QUEEN."--Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles
"Kill the Queen rocked my world! With court intrigue, a cast of fantastic characters, epic political sweep, and a slow-burn romance to die for, this book had me rapt. I only regret I devoured it so fast. And that I didn't write it. More please!" --Jeffe Kennedy, RITA(R) Award winning author of The Pages of the Mind
"KILL THE QUEEN is the definition of epic fantasy: exciting, original, and filled with characters who jump off the page. Jennifer Estep enters the arena and takes no prisoners. Long live the Winter Queen."--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author
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The thrilling first novel in the Crown of Shards epic fantasy series combines magic, murder, and adventure when an unlikely member of the royal family suddenly becomes a contender in a clash for the crown . . .
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 combat, 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.--Culturess.com
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This author writes well, crafting characters so that we, the reader, become embroiled.
Plenty of good action, and a plot which initially seems slow but then explodes back into the fun we are reading for.
A good read.
I commend it to you.
Boy was this underwhelming. To the publisher - I realise Jennifer is a well known author but you seriously couldn't point out a dozen ways she could have improved this book? What, too scared to upset your money spinner? Shame on you, no newbie author would have been able to get this florid, wordy mess published in the current state.
World building should be effortless and draw the reader in. Not overly descriptive for the sheer hell of it.
Main character - our 28 yr old character was way too YA. Depth. Layers. Hey, and just to keep her relatable give her some flaws. This whole Mary-Sue act was numbing.
Secondary characters should be more than just good or bad. Again, bring on the depth.
And the entire plot should not be spelled out in the blurb because.... well isn't it obvious? You lose all sense of suspense as the story is spoon-fed to you. And whilst we are on the plot, let's give it some twists, some turns. This tale plodded on predictably from one chapter to the next, no surprises, no tension... nothing for the reader to invest in. And good God, spend a little longer on the romance. No one does hate/anger/coolness then suddenly wants someone on their back. There has to be interactions, small moments that build, a connection.
And for the love of God - the betrayal? Oh boo-hoo, your cousin was bitchy, shut a door in your face and had everyone else be mean to you. Really? That's your premise for the well deep cold rage? OMG, get over your immature self. This was a pathetic basis for Evie's rage. And an obvious problem for the setting pacing of the so called plot.
This is all writing 101 - so why, dear Publisher, did you not push back on this author and demand more? I suspect money is your only goal. Well, I'm tapping out of this series now.
I struggled a bit to finish this book. While there are some interesting characters and situations the main character makes some very bizarre decisions that I just couldn't believe. For instance, she's told to do something important by someone important and then she doesn't do it. It would make her life simpler if she just did what she was asked to but she doesn't. And her reasons for not doing it seem very silly and very contrived to me. Her decision seems more that the author wanted the story to go through a few more events rather than anything that springs organically out of the character or the story.
And that's my problem with the whole story. It's full of things I find inexplicable. The main character is meant to care so much for the people around her and yet she leaves a character to be tortured with barely a thought for the whole book and there's no focus at all on rescuing that character. Evie's meant to be strong and sensible and yet she does some really silly things. And in the middle of action she seems to stop and think about things around her when really any normal person would be running or attacking or doing something to resolve the dangerous situation. It's as though all the danger around her stops while she takes a moment and that is just silly.
I really wanted to like this book but Evie's character was so inconsistent and all over the place that I couldn't enjoy this book as I'd hoped. I don't think I will be reading book 2.
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I also dislike books where the main character suddenly develops amazing powers and suddenly can take on and beat, in combat, seasoned soldiers and gladiators with no effort or ounce of training. It’s super lazy writing.
Im even more disapointed that this book got good reviews.
The world building as always is superb and I love how the magic is softly woven into the every day existence without great fan fare during the introduction to the main character Everleigh, or Evie as she prefers to be known. Evie is a minor royal with supposedly little magic, whose parents were assassinated when she was 12. After being shunted round the kingdom she ended up at the main court, with her cousin the Queen. With no money, power, position or magic she was treated little better than a servant, who had to work for her living by apprenticing to the Royal Jeweller and attending all the annoying functions that no one else in the royal family could be bothered with. She is educated, but not particularly talented with a sword. She becomes very good at surviving the cut throat politics of the court.
At age 28, she thought she was close to reaching her dream of going back to her parent’s estate and opening up the house again, after saving nearly every penny she had ever earned from jewellery commissions, when she attends a function. The events of this function change her life it ways she never thought possible.
We see Evie as she makes new friends and learns new skills, as she tries to survive betrayal and loss.
Evie is a fantastic character, she is smart and determined, she can be cold, calculating and ruthless, but she has a heart. She cares for people even when she tells herself that she is allowing herself to be vulnerable. She battles and struggles with her weaknesses, working hard to overcome them. I liked the other characters in the book as they had depth and you know that future books in the series will flesh them out further.
I loved every page of this book and I cannot wait for the next one, even if I it won’t be coming out until 2019!
The book is set in the fantasy kingdom of Bellona. The characters are human but most - if not all - wield magic to varying degrees. Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair (aka Evie) is a distant relative of the monarch. She was orphaned as a child so has been raised at court, she doesn’t have the magical abilities or strength of her relatives and generally, she has a hard time of it. Initially, she seems perfectly pleasant but mousey and unremarkable. Certainly not the fierce fighter I assumed she was from the blurb and cover.
The book drags on a fair bit in the beginning and I’m not going to lie in that I was getting super worried that the book would be one of the super-hyped reads that I just did not see the fascination with but then it hits the fan in a spectacular way and it changed my mind!
Now, a massacre is hardly a good thing to get excited about but it marked the moment that this book landed for me. From the moment the blood started to flow - around 15-20% into the book - the story seized me by the throat and wouldn’t let me go until the end.
The massacre was both the end and the beginning for Evie. It marked the end of her life as she knew it and set her on the journey to becoming a gladiator and gave her the tools to rise up, avenge her relatives, and rise to become the Winter Queen.
Evie grows so much throughout this book and I quickly grew to love her! I have so many questions as to what being a Winter Queen means, what the full extent of her hidden power is and lots of pent up romantic frustrations regarding her and a certain someone that I could burst!
The friends and allies she makes throughout the book are noteworthy, memorable and truly loyal. I loved them so much!
The villains of the story are truly villainous and I hated them and am super nervous to see what they have in store next.
Kill The Queen is my first novel by Estep and it won't be my last! I can’t wait to get stuck into Protect The Prince!
If you’ve been on the fence about reading this get yourself off the fence and do it! It’s worth it.
This is an engaging first-person fantasy: most people have magic, but Evie is hiding hers until it is needed. We see her move from being a put-upon almost-servant, to a gladiator, to the saviour of her realm. All this done in an interesting way: Evie is a most reluctant but nevertheless dutiful hero. And it’s nice to see how some of her earlier performance of her duties helps when things get tough.
This has a satisfying conclusion, but there are obviously more problems in Evie’s future. I enjoyed this enough that I went and ordered the sequel.
In this first of the series we meet Evie, the down trodden, forgotten girl with blood of a Royal. However that doesn't necessarily mean she shall be treated like one does it?
I liked Evie, she has backbone, sass and an unending determination to do what is right, these qualities pulled me in and made me root for her throughout her journey.
Her cousin, well what can I say about her?
Petty, vicious and all round terrible, I won't post spoilers but hopefully you'll want her to get her comupence just like I do. Sullivan captured a little of my heart in this book and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will capture the heroine's at some point too.
An all round delightful fantasy read, with a touch of an epic feel about it.
My only complaint is that I wish it was longer.
Despite that, I found myself completely hooked by the characters, the plot, and everything that led up to that climactic, very satisfying ending. Waiting impatiently for the next book.
Looking forward to book 2.