Protect the Prince

Protect the Prince

Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to...

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  • Mei

    Evie is the Winter Queen. Still she must convince the nobles that she is the Winter Queen and that's not easy at all!

    She was much more free as a gladiator than she's now! She must put to use all the skill she learned while being the illused noblewoman in the same court. And, while she excel there, IMHO, she's not convinced. She still doubts her self-worth!

    But she fights with wit and sword! And with her imunity to magic!

    She will discover some very neat thing about her imu

    Evie is the Winter Queen. Still she must convince the nobles that she is the Winter Queen and that's not easy at all!

    She was much more free as a gladiator than she's now! She must put to use all the skill she learned while being the illused noblewoman in the same court. And, while she excel there, IMHO, she's not convinced. She still doubts her self-worth!

    But she fights with wit and sword! And with her imunity to magic!

    She will discover some very neat thing about her imunity! LOL

    I loved the machinations and word-fights she had here! She's devious, but sometimes her character makes her slip and she over-reacts. But, immediately she realises what she'd said/done and finds a very clever way out of a tight situation! I loved that too!

    While in the previous book I loved Sullivan, here I wanted to slap him often. Here he was so involved with his pride that he behaved like a 7 years old: you make me cry so now I'll make you cry! He didn't think what it was like for Evie and why she had to to something that seemed wrong towards him. I appreciated when Helen (his ex) told him in his face his faults!!

    Still he got it at the end and atoned in a very, very nice way! :-)

    I'm looking forward to the next book and I'm looking forward to make the acquaintance of the king of Morta! And to see what Maeven's story is, what's her third option and how will she end! :)

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Jennifer Estep has once again blown me away with her ability to create not only a unique world full of magic and wonder and believe-ability but memorable characters that you can't help but love and feel for.

    A unique epic fantasy that will blow you away, get your heart and blood pumping and your hand eagerly turning the pages because you just can't get enough, fast enough.

    I loved Kill the Queen and it still remains one of my favorite reads for 2018 but Protect the Prince has by far s

    Jennifer Estep has once again blown me away with her ability to create not only a unique world full of magic and wonder and believe-ability but memorable characters that you can't help but love and feel for.

    A unique epic fantasy that will blow you away, get your heart and blood pumping and your hand eagerly turning the pages because you just can't get enough, fast enough.

    I loved Kill the Queen and it still remains one of my favorite reads for 2018 but Protect the Prince has by far surpassed that love and gone straight to one of my most favorite fantasy series of not only 2018 or even of 2019, but of all time. I have loved every page of this story and can't wait for the next book to come out.

    I haven't been this excited about a fantasy series in I don't know how long.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Beth

    First, I have to say, after I finished

    , I immediately when back and re-read

    and then

    , again! It was that GOOD!

    Evie has reluctantly claimed the thrown and now her troubles really begin. Her finely tuned art of political machinations will become her life line of survival. But at least she has the friends she made at the gladiator troupe to have her back.

    Court intrigue, intense action and everything you’d expect from the incredible story tel

    First, I have to say, after I finished

    , I immediately when back and re-read

    and then

    , again! It was that GOOD!

    Evie has reluctantly claimed the thrown and now her troubles really begin. Her finely tuned art of political machinations will become her life line of survival. But at least she has the friends she made at the gladiator troupe to have her back.

    Court intrigue, intense action and everything you’d expect from the incredible story telling of Jennifer Estep.

    has Amazing world building, outrageously imaginative and mind blowing action that had me white knuckle reading. A must read for all Epic Fantasy Lovers.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Harper Voyager - HarperCollins. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication July 2, 2019.

    My Rating: 5 stars

    Written by: Jennifer Estep

    Series: A Crown of Shards Novel

    Sequence in Series: Book 2

    Paperback: 448 pages

    Publisher: Harper Voyager

    Publication Date: July 2, 2019

    ISBN-10: 0062797646

    ISBN-13: 978-0062797643

    Genre: Epic Fantasy | Romance

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  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep

    2nd in the Crown of Shards series. Fantasy series. Best read after the first Kill the Queen.

    Everleigh, The heroine is fierce and tender hearted. She is going to do what’s best for her kingdom regardless of the cost to herself. She puts herself on the line several times. Even when her own heart s breaking.

    Intense and action filled. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

    Gargoyles: living, breathing stone. Like puppies, they like their belli

    Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep

    2nd in the Crown of Shards series. Fantasy series. Best read after the first Kill the Queen.

    Everleigh, The heroine is fierce and tender hearted. She is going to do what’s best for her kingdom regardless of the cost to herself. She puts herself on the line several times. Even when her own heart s breaking.

    Intense and action filled. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

    Gargoyles: living, breathing stone. Like puppies, they like their bellies rubbed. If they like you. But their wagging tails can cause quite a bit of wind damage, so look out!

    I received a copy of this book at a conference. I also purchased a copy to keep and reread.

  • Lady Heather

    "Pretty, pretty princes,

    All in a row.

    Who will they marry?

    Where will they go?

    This girl, that girl,

    Maid, lady, queen.

    Who snares the princes' hearts

    remains to be seen."

    - Andvarian court song

    "Summer queens are fine and fair, with

    pretty ribbons and flowers in their hair.

    Winter queens are cold and hard,

    with frosted crowns made of icy shards."

    -Bellonan fairy/>"5-

    "Pretty, pretty princes,

    All in a row.

    Who will they marry?

    Where will they go?

    This girl, that girl,

    Maid, lady, queen.

    Who snares the princes' hearts

    remains to be seen."

    - Andvarian court song

    "Summer queens are fine and fair, with

    pretty ribbons and flowers in their hair.

    Winter queens are cold and hard,

    with frosted crowns made of icy shards."

    -Bellonan fairy-tale rhyme

    This was such an amazing read!

    This book was an incredible story of lies, treachery, deceit, and hidden agendas.

    There were so many twists and turns and unexpected circumstances and secrets that were wonderfully executed and beautifully revealed.

    I loved the development of Evie and Sullivan's complicated characters and how much of their past seemed to affect their present decisions.

    Loved the tension between Evie and Sullivan and the nice twist at the end.

    They perfectly complimented one another.

    Great writing!

    Great story!

    Great characters!

    I look forward to reading more books in this series!

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    With equal the amount of fantasy, action, and intrigue plus double the romance, angst, and court politics this book builds on upon its predecessor's success ma

    With equal the amount of fantasy, action, and intrigue plus double the romance, angst, and court politics this book builds on upon its predecessor's success making it even more exciting read.

    Evie is a delightful heroine. She went from wallflower, who kept her head down to survive. To a full fledged queen, who is willing to do anything it takes to protect her kingdom. But not at the expense of herself or her values.

    A true ride or die friend.

    This young girl is awesome. Dominic's daughter is one of the few people in Andvari who trust Evie without question. She loyal, smart and observant.

    Just as Sully described him, he truly is the image of Prince Charming. Like Evie he feels bound by duty, and though they do not know each other well he still treats Evie with nothing but respect.

    An emotional roller-coaster of feels.

    Just two best friends being awesome.

    The sweetest friendship. Gemma genuinely adores Evie and the feeling mutual. The young girl is so endearing and honest you can't dislike her.

    As far as forced arranged marriages go these two were a treat. We did not get a lot of them, but the parts we did get I enjoyed. Because their fast friendship was delightful and honest.

    *Detailed review to come*

  • Emma

    I love the continuation of this story and not only because of the gargoyles! Well worth the wait for the second in series. The story really hits its stride, Evie tries to make a treaty with Sullivan’s people while foiling various assassination attempts. I must say I was surprised by events at the end of this book as I anticipated them at the end of the trilogy. Jennifer Estep writes feel good books and I very much enjoyed it.

  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    *****5 Magic Master Stars*****

    What a great 2nd book to the series and to me, it wrapped the romance up in a perfect way. Now, the war? I know there will be another book coming but I wonder if it's with Evie or will there be a new main character? My guess....Gemma.

    I can't wait to see what comes next!

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    PROTECT THE PRINCE

    Jennifer Estep

    Crown of Shards #2

    July 2 2019

    Fantasy

    4 STARS

    Yes

    PROTECT THE PRINCE

    Jennifer Estep

    Crown of Shards #2

    July 2 2019

    Fantasy

    4 STARS

    Yes

    After KILL THE QUEEN I couldn't wait to see how Evie was going to deal with her new status as the Queen of Bellonan. Here are my thoughts:

    - Evie had a lot of hangups about people judging her. Her inner monologues, repeating how she thought she didn't deserve being queen, that she was a fraud, a pretender, were a little repetitive and at some point I couldn't help but roll my eyes.

    - Ultimately she grew into her new role, though, and I was happy to see pushing back and making smart decisions that were for the good of all, even though they often were hard and hurtful to her and the people she loved and sometimes involved lying to them. While I hope that the lies are a thing in the past, I really doubt it.

    - I was hoping for the romance to develop in this installment. It did. At a snail pace. I can't say that this made me happy, especially when the interactions between Evie and Lucas were scarce. However, we get a pretty nice development in the end.

    - Lucas Sullivan was his hot, magnetic self again. We didn't see as much of him as I would have liked but I think it'll all come together great in the next installment.

    - The backstabbing, assassination attempts and schemes at court keep the tension high and the reader invested to find out who the perpetrator is. I had a theory pretty much from the beginning but even though I guessed correctly I was glued to the pages when the showdown played out.

    - I talked about this with my bestie and, rarely enough, we disagreed a little: Evie got some serious flak and hate at the Andvarian court for the massacre that happened in her kingdom. She was the person who saved people, she didn't participate in it. She even killed the person responsible. The amount of hate she got from the Andvarian people was mind boggling and I was upset for Evie because I thought it was unjustified.

    - There was an excessive amount of describing rooms and clothes, which made the story drag a little in parts. At some point I thought "gargoyle" was in every sentence because, apparently, they were everywhere.

    - Which brings me to the next thing that was a little annoying. We know that Evie can smell emotions. When you keep reading about jalapeno rage, peppery anger, lime truthfulness and rotten deception and it's being repeated ad nauseam, it kinda starts to bug you. I think the author could have chosen to just name the emotion Evie smelled.

    With all the niggles I had I enjoyed this installment. It had so much depth and heart-stopping situations, the plot well thought out. I missed the whole gladiator feel in this one but it does have a good dose of the Game of Thrones schemes. Final verdict: overall a satisfying second book in this series!

  • Ian

    Every now and then I get a hankering for KFC.

    Not often.

    Maybe once in every two or three months.

    I know I'm going to regret it but the craving needs to be sated.

    And I always end up feeling ill and swearing that never again will I put myself through that.

    Jennifer Estep is a bit like that. I struggle with her writing style. The countless repeated adjectives, the self recriminations her characters all go through, the use of dreams to tell a back story.

    But I've read 20+ of her books and I k

    Every now and then I get a hankering for KFC.

    Not often.

    Maybe once in every two or three months.

    I know I'm going to regret it but the craving needs to be sated.

    And I always end up feeling ill and swearing that never again will I put myself through that.

    Jennifer Estep is a bit like that. I struggle with her writing style. The countless repeated adjectives, the self recriminations her characters all go through, the use of dreams to tell a back story.

    But I've read 20+ of her books and I keep going back for more so I guess she's doing something right.

    is entertaining and infuriating and completely what you expect from Jennifer Estep.

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