SFF

Crush the King

Harper Voyager. (Crown of Shards, Bk. 3). Mar. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9780062797698. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062797667. FANTASY
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Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the Seven Spire massacre, assassination attempts, and other battles on her unexpected journey to the throne. Making allies with other nations is crucial at this juncture as she is faced with the growing threat of war with Morta, whose king murdered Evie’s family. Now Evie is bringing her best fighters to the Regalia Games on foreign soil, hoping to bring the other royal families to her side, while plotting her own vengeance against King Maximus and his Band of Bastards, and keeping her subjects and loved ones safe from harm. She just has to survive the games first.
VERDICT Estep (Protect the Prince) knows how to create strong and relatable fantasy female leads. Evie’s rise into her power in deeds and magic is a fabulous, inspiring read. Solid writing, bold characters, and action-filled sequences create an exciting finish for this trilogy. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]

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