Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep

Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards, #2)

by Jennifer Estep

USA TODAY Bestseller!

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 get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s … well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

Reviewed by Minx on

5 of 5 stars

True Rating 4.5 stars!

Protect the Prince is the second book in the Crown of Shards series and what an amazing series installment this story was! Right from the start I was dragged into the action and drama as Everleigh established herself as a queen who was not to be underestimated. Throughout the story, Evie struggled with faith in herself as a queen and ruler but she did not back down or whine about her turmoil. She ponied up and did what she had to for her people and I absolutely found her character admirable. I felt for her because the simpler days where she used to go unnoticed were forever gone and now she had to live in a spotlight that she would willingly give up if she could. Especially because her status was denying her the one person her heart truly wanted.

In this story there was some romantic tension between Evie and Lucas which picks up from where they left off in book one, Kill the Queen. Unfortunately, that meant they were really nothing beyond friends even though there was much more there between them. Lucas had been burned in love before because of his status, or should I say non-status, and any feelings he may have for Evie were tamped down firmly. Despite his refusal to act on any amorous feelings, Evie still carried a torch for Lucas which made some of the choices that she made in this story very heart-rending. I loved that Evie struggled with her feelings but when push came to shove she chose to do what she felt was right and Lucas had a few struggles of his own.

All of the characters that I fell in love with previously were back in book two but their roles had changed, and all for the better. It was great to see Evie’s inner circle comprised of individuals that would never be considered proper for court. It made things interesting but nowhere near as interesting as Evie did with her unwillingness to submit to what was expected of her. She refused to be anything less than what her people needed. I loved her in this book!! In addition to political shenanigans, there is plenty of action in Protect the Prince as well as subterfuge, betrayal, and some rather swoony moments. I loved reading this story and I am completely looking forward to what is next in this series!!

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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