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Crush the King

A Crown of Shards Novel
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Series: Crown of Shards Series, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
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A fierce gladiator queen must face off against her enemies in an epic battle in this next thrilling installment of New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series - an action-packed adventure full of magic, murderous machinations, courtly intrigue, and pulse-pounding romance.

Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables and take the fight to her enemies.  

There is no better opportunity to strike than during the Regalia Games, a time when warriors, nobles, and royals from all the kingdoms come together to compete in various sporting events. With the help of her loyal friends, Evie goes on the attack at the Regalia, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes. Soon, she is facing a terrifying new threat, and she will have to dig deep and learn even more about her growing magic if she has any chance of defeating her foes. 

Because to secure her throne and ensure her kingdom’s survival, Evie must think like a true Bellonan: She must outsmart and outwit her enemies...and crush the king.

©2020 Jennifer Estep (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • Glenda
  • 18-03-2020

Enjoyed it but . . . .

It's an exciting book but the "Queen" is unrealistically left to fend for herself to much for it to be believable and why did all of the smartest, bravest, fastest, best at everything have to be all women? A balance of good men would have made it more enjoyable. I felt like this book did to men what men did to women . . . "only good for one thing". I would hope a world ruled by women would be better than that.

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  • J Davoday
  • 01-04-2020

absolutely loved this series

I absolutely loved this series it was well written ,with great charachters and fantastic storyline . I hope there is more . The narrator is great and did the whole series so much justice .well done

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  • Dee
  • 31-03-2020

Seriously enjoyable!

This is the third book in the series and it does not disappoint.

I have loved this series from book one. In fact, Jennifer Estep is easily one of my favorite authors. She creates a world that is rich and vibrant and so complete that you never doubt its authenticity. Everleigh is a wonderful main character (and queen.) She is in constant danger, a little more so in this book than others, and she just keeps being impressive.

The Morton king is quite the retched fellow and he makes quite a few attempts on Everleigh's life. There were a couple of times where it made no sense for Queen Everleigh to be alone to fight off the bad guys but whatevs, it made for a good listen.

The narrator epitomizes why audiobooks are so great. She performed as more actor than narrator. This was a seriously enjoyable third book!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-03-2020

Another good read

you cant go wrong with a Jennifer Estep Novel. They are well written and very enjoyable to listen to. I do agree with a review I was before that The queen is left alone too much and always have to end up saving herself although she herself is always wondering off alone...

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  • Eric
  • 24-03-2020

Great book

This book delivered on the title that it displays, it has good intrigue and drama, great sword fights the listener won’t be disappointed in this story, well worth the credit.

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  • Douglas
  • 22-03-2020

Best Jennifer Estep Character Development Ever!

Highly Recommended Series -

Wow! I'm a fan of Gin Blanco but Everly's development over the course of the three book series and especially during this book was astoundingly good. You neither see a girl who "gets lucky" nor do you see some mysterious master strategist who's been in hiding for years. Instead, you learn about a young woman with untapped potential, a core of goodness and who.has observed and learned for years slowly apply life lessons and take advantage of situations to achieve her goals. Everly's growth through this series has been remarkably believable and incredibly entertaining.

Jennifer, I really like how you play "the long game".

I'm truly sorry to see the story end.

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  • Kelly M
  • 18-03-2020

Long live the Queen?

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Crush the King follows Queen Everleigh and her friends into the annual Regalia Games and what could possibly be their final stand against the Mortans.

Wait... What.... No..... I need more pages.... *frantically clicking kindle for the next page*. This was my original reaction when I finished Crush the King.

I did enjoy this book very much but wanted more. More pages, more story, more Sullivan. I was not ready to leave yet. But I am thankful after the major angst from Protect the Prince that there was not that level of angst again. My poor heart couldn’t have handled it again.

Crush the King was a bit slow moving for me. Great story but slow. I was happy with how much Everleigh has grown over the course of these three books. And truly loved her ability to play the long game and how each piece of the puzzle fell into place.

It took me a bit to regroup and realize that this trilogy is over. But I am really, really hoping that there will be spin offs and that the publisher will realize that there are so many more stories that need to be told. I love the world that Jennifer has created and hope that we will get to come back to Bellona again soon.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Edelweiss, NetGalley & Harper Collins/Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • Poppey
  • 29-03-2020

I Survived!

It is face down time and the Regalia is just the place to hold it. Evie has lived and breathed for this moment when she can finally enact retribution for the death of her family against the King of Morta, Maximus and his bastard sister, Maeven. 


Evie is not the only who who triumphs. Paloma finally makes peace with who she is and triumphs.

I loved this trilogy, apart from some of the repetitiveness. It was a good ending, although I think the door has been left open for a follow on as there were too many loose ends. Also, it is more suited to YA as I seemed to be two steps ahead of the plot line all along, but that did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.