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First, I have to say, after I finished PROTECT THE PRINCE, I immediately when back and re read KILL THE QUEEN and then PROTECT THE PRINCE, 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 First, I have to say, after I finished PROTECT THE PRINCE, I immediately when back and re read KILL THE QUEEN and then PROTECT THE PRINCE, 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 PROTECT THE PRINCE 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 Protect the Prince from Harper Voyager HarperCollins This is my honest and voluntary review Protect the Prince is set for publication July 2, 2019.My Rating 5 starsWritten by Jennifer EstepSeries A Crown of Shards Novel Sequence in Series Book 2Paperback 448 pagesPublisher Harper Voyager Publication Date July 2, 2019ISBN 10 0062797646ISBN 13 978 0062797643Genre Epic Fantasy Romance Noble 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 heartsremains to be seen Andvarian court song 5 What does it mean to be a Winter Queen Stars 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 rhymeThis was such an amazing read This book was an incredible story of lies, treachery, 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 heartsremains to be seen Andvarian court song 5 What does it mean to be a Winter Queen Stars 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 rhymeThis 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 readingbooks in this series Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep2nd 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 Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep2nd 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 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 go 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 forso I guess she s doing something right Protect the Prince is entertaining and infuriating and completely what you expect from Jennifer Estep The Crown of Shards series by Jennifer Estep is so awesome Luckily for me, Protect the Prince is just as brilliant as Kill the Queen and it was great to see Everleigh back in action I can t wait to read book three I m going to have to readJennifer Estep in the future. TITLE PROTECT THE PRINCEAUTHOR Jennifer EstepSERIES Crown of Shards 2RELEASE DATE July 2 2019GENRE FantasyRATING 4 STARSCLIFFHANGER YesREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGAfter 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 repe TITLE PROTECT THE PRINCEAUTHOR Jennifer EstepSERIES Crown of Shards 2RELEASE DATE July 2 2019GENRE FantasyRATING 4 STARSCLIFFHANGER YesREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGAfter 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 didn t think that it was possible, but my heart somehow sped up and stopped, soared and plummeted, swelled with happiness and cracked apart with grief, all at the same time 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 ll say this for you, Evie So far, your reign has not been a boring one 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 You are my kingdom You always have been, ever since that first morning I found you sleeping in the corner of my house You re all I ve ever wanted, highness, and you re all that I need, Evie You re my kingdom too, I whispered |E-PUB ☫ 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 EstepEverleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from overFirst, 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 roomDespite 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 massacreBut dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe Worse, Evie s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter QueenBut 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 herOnly one thing is certain protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen Because life can be a cruel, heartless bitch, Helene snapped Because we should hold on to the happiness we have and not worry about what other people think of it, or especially of us Because caring about someone occasionally means compromising something about yourself for their benefit and not your own That s what real love is 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 Because life can be a cruel, heartless bitch, Helene snapped Because we should hold on to the happiness we have and not worry about what other people think of it, or especially of us Because caring about someone occasionally means compromising something about yourself for their benefit and not your own That s what real love is 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 evenexciting read The Key CastEvieThere is an old saying, one that we are all quite proud of Bellonans are very good at playing the long gameEvie 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 SullivanHe s just trying to figure out where he fits in, because being an illegitimate continues to make him question his place and his worth to others PalomaA true ride or die friend.XeniaGemma 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 DominicJust 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 Heinrech The RelationshipsSullivan EvieAn emotional roller coaster of feels Evie PalomaJust two best friends being awesome Evie GemmaThe sweetest friendship Gemma genuinely adores Evie and the feeling mutual The young girl is so endearing and honest you can t dislike her Dominic EvieDo you tell all the women you meet in libraries how pretty their eyes are Just the ones who refuse to marry me 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 Action packed and romantic Protect the Prince further fleshed out the world as our Queen Everleigh Blair embraced her role and showed the realms what a Winter Queen looks like.Problems begin in Bellona as court politics force Evie to deal with those who question her ability to lead Assassination attempts, wicked cuts and barbed tongue lashings immediately pulled me in.We then head to Andvarian palace, the birthplace of Lucas Sullivan, the King s bastard Evie hopes to form an alliance between t Action packed and romantic Protect the Prince further fleshed out the world as our Queen Everleigh Blair embraced her role and showed the realms what a Winter Queen looks like.Problems begin in Bellona as court politics force Evie to deal with those who question her ability to lead Assassination attempts, wicked cuts and barbed tongue lashings immediately pulled me in.We then head to Andvarian palace, the birthplace of Lucas Sullivan, the King s bastard Evie hopes to form an alliance between the two kingdoms against Maeve and the Bastards Brigade.We see old characters, learn of Evie s childhood and of Sullivan s Twists, turns, old lovers andkept me flipping the pages Estep is a master storyteller, and she spins a tight tapestry.Danger, plots, attacks andgave way to a maddening pace that was utterly addictive Strong characters and loyal companions kept me vested and holding my breath.I relished hating the villains and navigating the surprise curve balls thrown our way Be warned there is romance But it s the forbidden kind, with character growth that can be both frustrating and romantic Evie is such a strong character, and we learnedabout her mutt abilities She is a born leader despite her denials A strategist who can see the bigger picture and a heroine you will want to root for Don t piss her off though because she is a skilled with a sword as she is with her tongue This review was originally posted at Caffeinated 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 surpassed tha 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