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Kill the Queen

(2018)
(The first book in the Crown of Shards series)
A novel by

 
 
Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Elemental Assassin series - an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one's magical power determines one's worth, Lady Everleigh's lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future - or if she even has one - Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie's fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself...and kill the queen.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"KILL THE QUEEN is the definition of epic fantasy: exciting, original, and filled with characters who jump off the page. Jennifer Estep enters the arena and takes no prisoners. Long live the Winter Queen." - Ilona Andrews

"Jennifer Estep takes the world of high fantasy by storm with a book so perfectly plotted and executed that I gasped out loud at each new reveal and unexpected turn. Evie is the heroine we all want to read about: as compassionate as she is ruthless, as cunning as she is kind, and as fierce and focused as anyone must be in order to KILL THE QUEEN." - Amanda Bouchet

"Kill the Queen rocked my world! With court intrigue, a cast of fantastic characters, epic political sweep, and a slow-burn romance to die for, this book had me rapt. I only regret I devoured it so fast. And that I didn’t write it. More please!" - Jeffe Kennedy


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Used availability for Jennifer Estep's Kill the Queen

Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kill the Queen (A Crown of Shards Novel)
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
ISBN: 0-06-279761-1 / 978-0-06-279761-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Kill the Queen
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
ISBN: 1-982553-34-0 / 978-1-982553-34-0
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Kill the Queen: The Crown of Shards Series, book 1
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
ISBN: 1-982553-35-9 / 978-1-982553-35-7
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Kill the Queen
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
ISBN: 1-982553-36-7 / 978-1-982553-36-4
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Kill the Queen: Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Kill the Queen: Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Kill the Queen: Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Kill the Queen: Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Kill the Queen (A Crown of Shards Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU