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Crush the King

(Crown of Shards #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,792 ratings  ·  471 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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Harper Voyager
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jennifer Estep knows how to not only create some of the very best imaginative worlds out there, but characters who are fierce and brave. Raw and relatable. People you want to know, embrace and hang out with, danger or no danger that seems to constantly haunt them.

She seamlessly knows how to blend realism with fantasy and make something so irresistible and hard to put down, that you never want to leave the worlds you have suddenly become a part of.

I have felt that way about many of her books and
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and Harper Voyager for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

"I had killed a queen, protected a prince, and crushed a king.
But most of all, I had survived."

The king is dead, long live the queens, and the Crown of Shards series seems to have come to an end. Everleigh has worked, trained, sweated and bled from the moment that her family was slaughtered in Kill the Queen to this point, and the ending was as fitting as it was d
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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I devoured this book! I always have a long list of books that I need to be reading and I try to work through those books in order but every once in awhile a book comes along and all of my plans are thrown out. I just had to get started with this book as soon as I had a copy in my hands and once I started, I couldn't put it down. It is just that good!

Evie and her group are on the defensive once again. It seems like the assassins just
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Crush the King by Jennifer Estep
3rd book in the Crown of Shards series. Trilogy conclusion. Urban fantasy. Best read as part of the series.
Enemies are never subtle in their attempts to kill Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona. Even though her entire family was killed, Everleigh’s friends from her Gladiator years have her back so she is not alone. It’s a good thing because the conniving King of Morta will do anything to take over the Bellona lands.
Magic, sacrifice and betrayal.

Fantastic continuatio
Laura (crofteereader)
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Definitely the weakest of the series thus far, Crush the King takes the trope-heavy style of the previous book to another level. Drifting from conflict to conflict with increasing stakes, Crush the King leaves behind important facets of a well-rounded story, namely character development.

The previous books have all been about how Evie grows and adapts to the challenges that she faces, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. She's suddenly so sure of the extent of her magic that she doesn't hes
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Mon avis en français

My English review

I really like Jennifer Estep and after having a very good time with the first two volumes, I only wanted to dive into this third opus!

Evie doesn’t have time to get bored with everything that falls on her and it’s now the turn of the Regalia Games! But here it is, all the numbers and members of the royalty will be present, which means that her lifelong enemy will also be there. Determined to stop letting herself be carried away and to attack, our heroine
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series is a fantasy lover’s thrill ride. Stunning magic, epic battles, masterful political plays, strong friendships, shocking twists, a touch of romance, and enemies to absolutely hate while others surprise you make this story unputdownable and one for the keeper shelf. Estep gives us a heroine to root for, whose bravery and cunning set her apart and whose compassion and loyalty will keep readers turning the pages to see what this remarkable leader will do next. ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating ~3.5

*review to come*
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
And the title says it all!

Evie is even more Machiavellian here! She's playing the long game like a champ!

I loved the intricacies! They're not so diffucult to understand, but all the others, friends and enemies alike, don't see them at all! Evie must exlain them step by step otherwise they'll just rush ahead and ruin everything!

I loved this book and hope Ms. Estep will continue the story! I'm so curious to know why Seraphine want to kidnap Evie!!

⇢ 3.25 ✰STARS✰



I loved the first book and rated it 5 stars. I liked the second book and rated it 4¼ stars and this one just kept that downhill momentum with a rating of 3¼ stars. My quick thoughts on each...

Kill The Queen : One of the best covers ever for a fantasy. Loved the adultness of it...the bad-ass heroine with a bad-ass storyline to boot and I also loved
Do you ever get so caught up in a tale that you find yourself holding your hand over your mouth, tension and excitement battling for dominance, but you just can’t put it down because it’s that good? Well, that is what it is like reading every single book in Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series. Stunning, Riveting, and an Outstanding Epic Fantasy Read! I flat out loved this series! You couldn’t help but get behind Evie, what an amazing heroine, remarkably loyal and leader. Battles, romance, ma ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Queen's don't have the luxury of blind bloodlust.

4.25 stars
What a finale. Jennifer Estep rarely disappoints and has brought this trilogy to a really stunning ending, weaving all three books together. It was beautifully done and I'm already looking forward to revisiting Seven Spires. The characters and the writing style were all amazing, my only point against full five stars is that I wasn't really moved by the book. Intrugied, yes. But I didn't cry and I didn't really laugh, I didn't get pul
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
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5 stars


She did it again! Swept me off my feet.

And that’s where I just wonder why I waited so long to read Jennifer Estep’s books! I had the same reaction when I read the Red Winter trilogy by Annette Marie.


Both Jennifer and Annette are not as well known as Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas and the likes but dang! Can they write epic stories that don’t let you go before the last page!


I began this series as I had seen that Lauren Fortgang, one of my favorite narrators, was na
Lauren Stoolfire
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep is the most recent installment of one of my current favorite adult epic fantasy series. I was thrilled to have been approved to have the chance to read this early for review since I've loved both previous installments. Needless to say, my expectations were sky high and luckily for me I loved every second of this too. I don't know how Estep does it, but this series just keeps ge
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-reads
Love this series! This installment is just as action-packed and filled with intrigue and twists as the previous two. I was really disappointed that Sullivan is no more than a background blip in this story, though. Now that Everleigh and he are together, he just melts into the walls only to come out if she needs sex. Why can’t a couple fight together? Evie utilizes her other friends but we see nothing of Sullivan’s strengths. *sigh*. Otherwise it is absolute awesomeness!
Adah Udechukwu
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crush the King is a fantastic novel. It didn't disappoint at all. ...more
Gads that was good. Full RTC

CRUSH THE KING is the third installment in the Crown of Shards series by Jennifer Estep. This series has some really fantastic elements to it that initially made me very excited. While I have enjoyed the first two books in the series, I was hoping for a little bit more of an exciting premise for this one. I don’t normally say this about Estep’s writing because she can usually pen a really fun read, but for some reason, I struggled with this one a bit more.

I’m not sure if it was because I wa
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This fun fantasy trilogy has come to an end, and like the previous two novels, this one was a blast. Once more we return to the kingdom of Bellona where Queen Evie continues to fend off threats to her crown. After all the attempted coups and assassination attempts, she has learned a great deal and now must go on the offense instead of waiting for the next attack. She also needs allies, and there is no better opportunity th
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, magic
Jennifer Estep is so good at creating big warm hearted characters, fiercely loyal to friends and family. There are a few similarities between Gin Blanco and Queen Everleigh: they both have a great sense of smell- this will either endear them to you or drive you crazy (his jalapeño rage; his cool vanilla scent). These little tics in both the Elemental Assassin series and this one have *niggled* a bit, but mostly pleased and comforted, returning to an enjoyably relaxing read. That is not to say th ...more

Title: Crush the King
Series: Crown of Shards #3
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release date: March 17, 2020
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: fantasy

Evie has evolved so much from book one that it's like she's been reborn into the bolder, fiercer woman she was meant to be. Once she existed in the shadows, simply trying to blend into the background to keep from becoming a target. In the second installment, she had an adjustment period where she settled into being the new queen. In Crush the King, all of Evie's preparat
Anne - Books of My Heart
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2020
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
4.5 hearts

I have really loved this Crown of Shards trilogy.  It is an urban fantasy in true fashion.  The battles and politics are the main story with any romance on the side.   I would read this trilogy and all urban fantasy in order for the best experience.

I love these characters. The queen has surrounded herself w
Emma L.
*** This review is definitely, absolutely not spoiler-free ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars).

I'm forever eternally grateful towards Scribd since they introduced me to this magnificent, amazing, and super fun adult high fantasy series. And now I have finally read the third and final book in this trilogy (thank the book lords and gods that Jennifer Epsten is writing a follow up/spinoff series. I honestly need those three books like yesterday). I also can't believe I managed to read all three of these boo
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Really enjoyed this book, I believe this may be the end of the trilogy, but so much has been left wide open for more! I really hope that Jennifer Estep carries on to explore this world and all the characters she has created with in it.

Read if you love an action packed fantasy with strong female leads and small dose of romance.
Douglas Meeks
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well here we are at the end of the trilogy but she left some threads that she can pick up if the author decides to write more in this world. Ok, Evie has come a long way from the mousy girl we met in the start of book 1 Kill the Queen . The romance that played a decent part in the first 2 books was almost totally absent here probably because there was so many plots and subplots and a ton of action which I loved. I wanted to give it 5 stars but the author did take some shortcuts that challenged m ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still enjoyed this book immensely, but it felt a little disjointed compared to the rest of the series.

For example, in the first two books, Sullivan felt like a major character, and the whole romance plot felt significant. There was a lot of drama and tension getting those two together. Then FINALLY they get together and.... Sullivan disappears. He's just faded into the background. Technically they're together, but you'd never know it. He does NOTHING. He barely even says anything. And I'm fine
Danielle Annett
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in one day it was that good. Evie was fantastic, deciding to take measures into her own hands and go on the offensive after constant threats on her life.
It was non stop action packed full of twists and turns I didn't see coming and it definitely held my attention. It would have been nice to see Sullivan and Evie on the page together more but it didn't hurt the story that we didn't see them together much.
When the end came, I wished there was more.I'm happy with the story and
Amanda Deur
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am so sad and bummed that this wonderful adventure is over. I am going to miss Everleigh and her band of friends so much.

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.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Crush the King is the third and climatic story in the Crown of Shards trilogy. With that in mind, this review will have spoilers from the previous two books, and I don’t recommend starting the series with Crush the King. The story opens shortly after the conclusion of Protect the Prince, with Queen Evie and the Bellonans preparing for the Regalia Games (think medieval Olympics). Evie is also ramping up her efforts to destroy the Mortan king, exploring rumors of any remaining Blairs, and making a ...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 has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and lo

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