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Crush the King

(Crown of Shards #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  55 reviews
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 bestselling 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
Expected publication: March 17th 2020
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
Initial Thoughts
I devoured this book! I have so many other books that I need to read and review but I just couldn't wait to get started with this one and once I started, I just couldn't put it down. Evie and her crew are on the defense once again and are working to go on the offensive. The group is off to the Regalia Games to match up against the other kingdoms. This book had just the right amount of action, magic, and strategy to keep things very interesting. I did think that this book felt
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Cover, synopsis and release date all in one =D

2020 come faster!
Can't wait to see them take down the King of Morta!

Also, I almost wished I had waited until the third book came out so I could binge three books in a row rather than two lol
I received this ARC copy of Crush the King from Harper Collins - Harper Voyager. This is my honest and voluntary review. Crush the King is set for publication March 17, 2020.
Leslie Pinson
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2019, edelweiss
ARC from Edelweiss. This series has been amazing! It's one of those that you are really sorry when it's over. I loved how the lead character, Evie, has been able to rise to the challenges of becoming the queen. Evie choses to stop playing defense and go on the offensive. It was great to see her make her own choices and how she ultimately deals with the threats was beautiful. She survives the constant threats to her life and the lives of her friends. Her friends are all different and have their ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These days, with kids and work and and and - it's rare that I end up staying up past my bedtime to read a book. And when I do, it's because the book is just that engrossing *and* because I always vastly underestimate how long it will take me to finish whatever I'm reading. Such was the case here. I had to work this morning, bright and early. My daughter wanted to sleep with me last night, which meant going to bed early as well. But there I was, at 12:45, turning the last page on my Kindle - in ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I really liked b tg is installment! It was nonstop action and twisty plots, which make me appreciate Evie’s talent to play “the long game” so well. I just wish there would’ve more of Evie and Sullivan on the page together. I’m looking forward to see how the author further develops Maeven’s son’s character. He has so much potential. Some of the descriptions went on for too long for my liking, but overall this was a fun book and I can’t wait to read the next one :)
William Bentrim
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crush the King by Jenifer Estep
This is the next book in the Crown of Shards series. I enjoyed Kill the Queen and Protect the Prince which preceded it. Evie who has dodged assassination in every book decides to go on the offensive against her enemy King Maximus.
The book is characterized by loyalty and love by Queen Everleigh and fear, hate and loathing by King Maximus and his minions. Evie will do anything to protect her people and her nation. Maximus will do anything to maintain his power and
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first, reading this, I was so excited to see what would happen to the (Mortan) King. Evie spent not an inconsiderate amount of time wanting him (and Maeve) done with.

And friends, she delivers so beautifully on her revenge while solidifying why Winter Blair Queens are better than Summer Blair Queens.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
How to describe this series... I had stockpiled the entire trilogy in ARCs from work because a coworker thought the first one looked like it might be my speed and finally started reading the first book the day the third one showed up on our shelf. The entire series is totally bonkers but in a very fun, "you have to keep reading!" kind of way. It's a YA fantasy except the characters are old enough that they can have guilt-free steamy sex scenes. I had many, many problems with the story -- the ...more
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of March 17, 2020.
Southern Today Gone Tomorrow
Written by Jennifer Estep, Crust the King is the latest and last novel in the Crown of Shards series, and picks up a few months after Protect the Prince. Evie has her prince, Mr. Sully, but now they have the Olympic style games coming up and will have to meet their enemy in person for the first time – and figure out how to destroy him.

The plot was moving and the mind games they played interesting, though a number of times I wanted to just shake Evie for not understanding who was really in
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-arc
Queen Everleigh and the rest of her crew are back. They are going to try to crush the evil King Maximus, who is likewise trying to kill her.

"I want to take away every little thing he cares about, no matter how small it is. I want to hobble him, to break him, and yes, I especially want to kill him."

So the games begin. The Regalia Games that is.

I love this series. The characters. The good ones and the bad ones. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more of the female villain.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The final book in the Crown of Shards series is almost here, but thanks to Netgalley and Harper Voyager I was able to obtain the eArc and wow! I fell in love with the characters and world in ‘Kill the Queen’ so while I was excited to read this one, I forced myself to draw it out because I didn’t want it to end. Evie and her crew are back in a big way and there is action, intrigue, romance and a surprise around every corner!

Evie is continuing to shore up her power in Bellona and is determined to
Jen Davis
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I really hope this is the last book in the series. I say that not because I did not enjoy it, but because I am very much did. Crush the King was a fitting end to the Crown of Shards trilogy, and I would hate for anyone to mess with such a good ending.

This book is Queen Everleigh’s chance to finally face off with her mortal enemies. Not only Maeven, but her brother King Maximus who has been pulling the strings on the assassination attempts— and successes—from the beginning.

It all happens
Maria Vale
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I put off reading Protect the Prince, Volume 2 of the Crown of Shards trilogy, because I’d thoroughly enjoyed Kill the Queen. It wasn't that there was a cliffhanger, but I was left with a bad case of grabby hands and didn't want to go through that again if I was going to have to wait all the way to March to read to the end.
Then I lucked into an early galley of Volume 3, so...
Evie Blair started as an inconsequential royal with a sad magic that seemed limited to an enhanced sense of smell and
Ashley Reyes
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book picks up shortly after where Protect the Prince left off- we’re trying to still secure alliances and defend against the Bastard Brigade as well as their kin, the Mortan King. But, now the Regalia is looming, along with a way to protect their people once and for all. We see Queen Everleigh hope for family, and in the process of seeking out other surviving Blairs, we find a deeper plot that pairs beautifully with the
Handcrafted Librarian
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Jennifer Estep. It has just a little bit of everything thrown in to make it an entertaining and well written read. While it's not overly complicated, there's just enough of the unexpected to keep you enthralled!

The Crown of Shards series begins with Kill the Queen, where Everleigh Blair of Bellona is the stand-in royal, sent to all the public appearances that no one else wants to do. This has made her well-known in the country and also allowed her a level
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantasy had never been my go-to genre. Sure, I enjoyed some fantasy books, but it had never really been my cup of tea. However, when I saw the premise for the first book in this series, woo boy did I want to read it. A warrior queen? Political schemes? Gladiators? Yes, please.

Crush the King is the third, and final, book in this trilogy. It takes place at the Regalia (think Olympics but with a whole lot more bloodshed). Just about all of our favorite characters are back as Everleigh tries to use
Danielle Bush
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Estep has become one of my favorite authors, and this whole series has sucked me in from the very beginning. I have the first two in ebook form, but I am definitely going to be buying myself physical copies.
If you love magic, intrigue, slow burn romance, assassins, galiators, ogers, and epic adult fantasy than you should definitely check out this series..
This was a great book, this one wrapped up the story arc we have been in since the first book Kill the Queen.. It kind of ended
Jackie's Bookbytes
I struggled with it because let's be honest, the fate of the King of Morta was imminent. The Queen of Bellona, Everleigh Blair intended to avenge the murder of her family and the numerous assassination attempts on her life. Her ability to syphon magic saved her from drowning in a flood and I liked her strategic plan to free the magical birds King Maximus used for his source of magic and strength. What I didn't understand was how she foresaw what Maeven would do, but I think it was smart of Evie ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I started this series back in September when I needed a nice easy read to take my mind of some things and boy did it deliver. The first and second books hit it out of the park and kept me engrossed. Sadly, while this one still gives us how amazing Evie is and how much she is growing there was one disappointment. Sullivan took a back seat in this book barely being in the background. I missed the interactions between the two. I really
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in an action packed series! I can genuinely say I’ve enjoyed Everleigh’s journey. I have seen how Everleigh has developed and changed through the series. I also feel like the author did a great job of show casing a strong female lead. Everleigh is a woman who can solve her own problems and be creative in finding solutions. I also enjoyed this book because it was smart and witty- I have laughed at several of the scenes.

My only disappointment was that we didn’t see Sully in
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Thanks, #netgalley for providing this advanced copy:

Unfortunately for those who have been following Everleigh Blair since the Seven Spires Massacre and her rise to the throne after a stint in the Bellonan gladiator stadiums, she hasn't grown up a bit. The action in Crush the King (the king in this instance being the king of Morta, Bellona's great enemy and her frequent attempted assassin) is nearly identical to anything that happened in book two, and all of the characters but Evie have been
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another wonderful installment in this series. Queen Everleigh Blair and her most trusted advisors and friends are once again dealing with Morta, but this time at the Regalia Games. I love the world building and the fact that each of these books has mostly taken place in a different place each time. Finally, Evie will get to actually meet and deal with the Mortan King and not just his assassins. As each of the books have unfolded Evie has grown and in this book we finally see the ending of the ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley*
I have always had a fondness for this author's books and Crush the King did NOT disappoint. WOW!! If you want a COMPETENT QUEEN who takes NO BULLSHIT. HERE SHE IS. This is exactly what I needed right now and what everyone needs. Jennifer Estep swept me away with this plot. The intrigue is thiccc and not what you expect. PLOT TWISTS are at every turn. Estep builds upon the characters; really shows their development. The emotion is
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss+.

All in all, I enjoyed this series very much. I did find that with each book, I got less and less interested. This is because the story is pretty much the same from book to book. Evie has a problem, she makes a sketchy choice on how to solve it, everything works out well. It would have been nice to have the main character grow as a person throughout the series. I don't feel like this happened. However, even with that, I definitely enjoyed the book.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every book in this series and this one definitely did not disappoint. Everything I loved about the first two books were present in Crush the King. It's full of action, intrigue, and wondering where every character's long game was going to take them. I especially loved watching the game between Evie and Maeve play out, probably even more so than between Evie and the Mortan king. There were just so many good things about this series that let me just say you need to go read it. I was ...more
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of the following series:

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Other books in the series

Crown of Shards (3 books)
  • Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)
  • Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards, #2)