Capture the Crown

Harper Voyager. (A Gargoyle Queen Novel, Bk. 1). Jul. 2021. 464p. ISBN 9780063023031. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
Princess Gemma Ripley might someday be the ruler of Andvari, but for now she’s focused on pretty dresses, parties, and all the amusements royalty brings. At least, that’s what most people think of her. No one knows that Gemma has honed her skills as a spy, protecting her European-inspired kingdom and hiding her powers as a mind magier. When she learns that tearstone—a material of both military and magical importance—is disappearing from the royal mines, Gemma heads undercover to figure out what’s happening. In the course of her investigation, Gemma crosses paths with Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta, son of the infamous Queen Maeven, and finds herself having to ally with her sworn enemy. With her gargoyle Grimley close behind, Gemma’s search for the stolen tearstone will uncover plots to steal the throne. Familiar characters and fast-paced action make this an exciting romantic fantasy.
VERDICT Estep’s new series takes readers back to the world she built in “Crown of Shards,” filled once again with exciting machinations and a slow burn of romance.
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