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Kill the Queen

Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
Lu par : Lauren Fortgang
Série : Crown of Shards Series, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 4 min
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Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Elemental Assassin series - an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future - or if she even has one - Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself...and kill the queen.

©2018 Jennifer Estep (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 06/12/2018

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As a whole, I enjoyed Kill the Queen. The book has its share of gore, fighting, and villians who are actually bad. There isn't too much on any one thing in this novel and that is both good and bad at times. I started listening while I was stuck in traffic and finished it the next day. I tried to save some but like a kid I kept listening to just one more chapter until I realized it was all gone.

Our main character, Evie, is forced to flee her semi-comfortable life and seeks shelter in a traveling Gladiator camp. This character tells the reader she is 28, but to be honest the plot and background of the book is suited for a YA novel rather than Epic Fantasy. There are a couple of curse words but no sex scenes nor detailed violence that can't be seen on the common cartoon.

The book has a good flow and pace. Doesn't linger too long in any one spot. However, there are some small things that bother me. For example, Evie hints at this ultimate betrayal from her cousin 15 years ago and it is used to build tthe readers dislike of Vasalia. But when it is finally revealed I was utterly underwhelmed. It wasn't even a betrayal but more like kids being mean to each other. When you use the word betrayal then it just means something different in my eyes. The villian eventually gives you other reasons to hate her but the initial one just wasn't all that deserving of being so important and drawn out.

Also, why does Jennifer Estep like to kill off parents so much? Every book has a character whose parents get assassinated. It's predictable at this point.

The narrator does a job with this novel.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

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  • carey archer
  • 15/10/2018

Many of the same things Gin Blanco has

The story is very good it builds up to a great ending a little stereo typical, and if you read any of the elemental assassin/Jen Blanco series you’ll find so many similarities down to some of the same names, powers (ice), special abilities/ talents(cooking) and concepts. But overall, still super happy with it.

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  • arlene johnson
  • 07/12/2018

very predictable. average dialog.

Reasonable juvenile fiction but the plot and characters are not well developed and the action is extremely predictable. Will not be buying other titles in this series

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  • rd
  • 11/01/2019

Started out strong

I like the idea of the story line, and it started out goid and action packed. but about halfway through, it got a predictable, and the lead character started to become annoying. not sure I'll purchase more in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14/12/2018

Loved it.

Fell in love with it and can't wait until the next one in the series comes out. I had a hard time stopping it so that I could go to sleep to get some rest before I had to go to work and then I would listen to it on the way to work.

Both the author and the narrator did good jobs at making this book come alive and my imagination soar to what might come next.

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  • NoOneSpecial
  • 30/10/2018

Heroine got on my nerves

I tried to care for these characters but they didn’t come off the page for me. The world was confusing with no tech but modern references to everything from food to clothing. On the plus, the story ended clean. I really appreciated that.

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  • Michael
  • 19/10/2018

Over sold,under delivers

This is not a terrible book and the narrator, Lauren Fortgang, did a really good job.

However, I could not stop thinking about the cover blurb, “gladiator meets Game of Thrones” every time there was a glaring story inconsistency. By example, the heroine is an orphan but gets an apprenticeship where she keeps commissions (?), she takes a shower in the bathroom of her private room in the castle(?!). It’s full of these types of descriptions which can be an annoyance.

All the books in the “Game of Thrones” series were meticulously consistent about world building. This author was nowhere near as vigorous in her efforts.

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  • Douglas
  • 18/12/2018

Slow start but worth it

Story takes awhile to create the proper setting and main character's state of mind, so the first fee chapters drag. But it's necessary if we're to understand the character growth. Only wish it could have been accomplished with fewer beginning chapters.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 27/11/2018

Gin Blanco gets a sword

Good book and it entertaining BUT it’s doesn’t stray too far away from the gin blanco storyline. I did enjoy it but the similarities were a bit glaring.

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  • Ann Townsend
  • 28/02/2019

Gripping

I was swept away to a kingdom, in the past or a dystopian future wouldn’t matter. The plot was absolutely gripping. It was a testament to personal discipline that I was able to pull away from the vivid world painted here in this first book of what promises to be a thrilling series.

I devour books with strong female protagonists. Jennifer Estep writes my kind of series. If a reader was similarly inclined and hasn’t had the experience of Lauren Fortgang’s noteworthy performance in Ms. Estep’s Spider Assassin series, don’t miss out. Lauren is an accomplished actor with clear personalities and voices for all the characters she inhabits.

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