Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Crown of Shards #2
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Released: July 2nd, 2019
Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series continues in Protect the Prince, the second novel of the series.
Everleigh Blair had once been one of the lower ranked members of the royal family. Now she’s queen. Granted, she’s a gladiator queen, meaning she won the right to rule thanks to trial by combat. But she’ll certainly do a better job than her predecessor.
Unfortunately, Evie can’t stick to the castle and work on bringing things back into a semblance of order. With a war on the way, she doesn’t have that luxury. So instead she must travel to a neighboring kingdom in hopes of arranging some sort of alliance.
Something that is easier said than done, given the history of the two kingdoms. Or the personal problems everyone seems to keep bringing with them. Throw in the drama between the queen and Lucas and well…you can see why she’s so distracted.
“For the first time, I got an inkling of what it really meant to be a Winter Queen, and it wasn’t about magic at all. No, it was about making the hardest choices under the most difficult circumstances to achieve the greatest good.”
Protect the Prince is exactly the sort of sequel I was hoping for. It upped the ante from Kill the Queen in every way that I could have hoped. Increasing the personal, political, and magical tension tenfold.
This is a novel that has a little bit of everything. Drama, action, magic, romance, politics, and probably a few other things I’m forgetting to mention as well. In short, it’s perfect. Especially for this series. It’s well-suited to the world that Estep created in that first novel, and she managed to continue to make the world feel larger and more interesting by the day.
Evie’s plight and all the other complications heading towards her allies felt so painfully raw at times. Yet it made me care all the more. Of course it did, how could it not? It was impossible not to root for them, especially after all they had lost.
There are plenty of ups and downs to be found as well, from the heartbreak to the complications, the victories, and the losses. It all adds up, and results in one whirlwind of a read. I can only imagine, and hope, that Crush the King will do the same thing Here’s hoping!