Crush the King Published by HarperCollins Publishers on March 17, 2020
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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A fierce gladiator queen must face off against her enemies in an epic battle in this next thrilling installment of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep's Crown of Shards series--an action-packed adventure full of magic, murderous machinations, courtly intrigue, and pulse-pounding romance.
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.
Crush the King is the final book in the Crown of Shards series and Evie’s final chance to crush the King of Morta and his bastard brigade. This third book tests Evie and her extraordinary immunity power to their limits. Evie will take on various plots to assassinate her and her friends at this massive festival that the whole world will be attending, and I was on the edge of my seat as each assassination attempt was more dangerous than the last. We also learn how obsessed with magic the king is and how far he will go to keep it. The ending was a great twist, setting us up for the following three books centered around Gemma and her beloved Gargoyles. I can hardly wait to start them.