The Winter Queen’s crown is lined with shards of betrayal, political deceit, and vengeance.
As a Blair, Everleigh has seen all the inner workings of the court, but now she must take on this auspicious crown in hopes to bring an era of peace to Bellona.
However, becoming the Winter Queen is more than just inheriting a title. As Evie overcomes mayhems of murder and magic, a greater threat looms over the throne in the form of an invading empire with sinister plans. As the shadows over Bellona grow, the time for Evie to truly inherit her destinity as a Winter Queen draws near.
While they once tried to kill the queen, it's now time to protect the prince.
Protect the Prince is the second installment in the Crown of Shards series that sweeps readers away with a captivating story filled with gladiators, gargoyles, and quest for glory. Evie is flourishing from being considered a mutt to being a force to be reckoned with as a queen. I was quite invested in the story and found myself thinking more than once: “Long live the queen!”
About the Book
Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 2, 2019)
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…
About the Author
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Find out more about Jennifer at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
The Reading Corner for All was on tour with TLC Book Tours. As always, all thoughts of the book are of my own!