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Crush the King

(Crown of Shards #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  967 ratings  ·  220 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 Esteps Crown of Shards seriesan action-packed adventure full of magic, murderous machinations, courtly intrigue, and pulse-pounding romance.

Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Harper Voyager
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Kristina Only 3 books?
This is the saddest thing I've heard in ages.
Long Live the Winter Queen!
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"Crush the King will be the conclusion to Evies story. I am planning to write more books in my Crown of…more
Hello! According to the author's website:

"Crush the King will be the conclusion to Evie’s story. I am planning to write more books in my Crown of Shards world, although they will be from another character’s point of view"(less)
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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
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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
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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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
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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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 doesnt have time to get bored with everything that falls on her and its 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 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
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 cant put it down because its that good? Well, that is what it is like reading every single book in Jennifer Esteps Crown of Shards series. Stunning, Riveting, and an Outstanding Epic Fantasy Read! I flat out loved this series! You couldnt help but get behind Evie, what an amazing heroine, remarkably loyal and leader. Battles, romance, magic ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
It's so soon I can't wait!

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
Lauren Stoolfire
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
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Esteps Crown of Shards series is a fantasy lovers 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
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
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5 stars


She did it again! Swept me off my feet.

And thats where I just wonder why I waited so long to read Jennifer Esteps 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 dont let you go before the last page!


I began this series as I had seen that Lauren Fortgang, one of my favorite narrators, was
Adah Udechukwu
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crush the King is a fantastic novel. It didn't disappoint at all.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gads that was good. Full RTC
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, fantasy
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 ...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
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 cant a couple fight together? Evie utilizes her other friends but we see nothing of Sullivans strengths. *sigh*. Otherwise it is absolute awesomeness! ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng-pub-author, 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 with a
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

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 dont normally say this about Esteps writing because she can usually pen a really fun read, but for some reason, I struggled with this one a bit more.

Im not sure if it was because I wasnt
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jen Davis
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Everleighs 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 successesfrom the beginning.

It all happens at
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 dont 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 ...more
Laura (crofteereader)
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
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*Genre* Epic Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


Crush the King is the third installment in author Jennifer Estep's Crown of Shards series. Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair, Queen of Bellona, is preparing for the Regalia Games (similar to the Olympics and a gladiatorial contest), a time when warriors, nobles, and royals from all (7) kingdoms come together to compete in various sporting events. The Regalia Games are a (3) day affair which is hosted on Fortuna Island by the DiLucri family
Leslie Pinson
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
For me, this series comes roaring out of the start gate. Kill the Queen is so riveting and the final book does not disappoint. If you are a fan of Gin Blanco, you will recognize the trademark approach to magic and the heroine's vulnerability. However, the story is unique. Evie comes a long way from being the "throw away" royal, to grow into her own power and authority. Yet, she still has her insecurities and that's what makes this story work. When she finally faces off against the man who ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Evie is amazing and this is a solid installment to a tightly-plotted series with magic, political intrigue, and gladiator-inspired fighting choreography. I think anyone who loved the previous two books will love this one, too.

HOWEVER. And this is a big however. As much as I adored the plot and writing in all three books, the same two nitpicks kept me from loving it. I still liked the book but it wasnt a perfect read for me.

1) Its been three books and the following things are true: a) I dont like
T.L. Branson
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I want to start off by thanking HarperCollins for the opportunity to review an ARC of Crush the King by Jennifer Estep.

If you havent read her earlier books, Id recommend first checking out my reviews for Kill the Queen and Protect the Prince.

I consider myself a bit of a milkshake connoisseur.

Given the choice between cookies, brownies, ice cream, pies (of all varieties), cupcakes, and milkshakes, Id choose a milkshake every time.

My favorite is plain old chocolate, but Ive tried many flavors,
Sandy S
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars-- CRUSH THE KING is the third instalment in Jennifer Esteps CROWN OF SHARDS epic fantasy series focusing on the newly crowned Queen of Bellona, Queen Everleigh (Evie) Saffira Winter Blair, a young woman whose ascension to the throne is predicated on a murderous coup against our heroines family. CROWN THE KING should not be read as a stand alone. There is a continuous theme throughout the series as Everleigh sets her sights on avenging the deaths of everyone she loved.

With thanks to NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I consider the "Crown of Shards" series a light fantasy fare, the awful is glossy, the grim is engaging. Horrible things happen, but they're entertaining, not off-putting or soul-crushing. In other words, this is as far from "Game of Thrones" style of fantasy as you can get. And yet, I loved it.

Color me surprised, too, because I didn't enjoy any of Estep's previous writing, and I happen to be a huge fan of the
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