Crush the King by Jennifer Estep

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Crush the King by Jennifer Estep
Crown of Shards #3
Harper Collins
This book was provided to me for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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.

I was very excited to have received this book for review from the publisher, and this is a fantastic final book to the trilogy.

Queen Evie has been playing the long game with the King’s sister, a sister who he doesn’t acknowledge and isn’t even really considered a royal because she is a bastard. The conclusion to this long game, is one I saw as a possibility and I think Evie even mentions it a few times in the books, but the way it played out was, mwah, fantisimo!

I love Jennifer’s ability to tell stories. Her writing keeps things simple, but also keeps you engaged in the story and carry you along. I always felt this connection to Evie, and wanting her to survive and win her challenges.

Evie is still continuing to grow her magic a bit in this final story. There is one challenge she faces, even knowing she’ll get through it, because she’s the main character, I was worried for how she would get through and how her friends would fare. All her friends were in danger, and I was really there with her as she strained her magic to go even further than it’s gone, to do what she had to so her and her friends could survive.

I will say I was a bit disappointed with the love interest in the story. I wanted to see them be more than just consort and Queen, but I can hope for them for the future.

Overall, I was very pleased with the story and how everything was wrapped up. I am very grateful to the publisher for allowing me to read this story early and find how it ends. This is one of my favorite books of 2020.