protect the prince

Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

But dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, Evie’s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

But Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s . . . well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…


I loved this almost as much as the first one in the series. It took a chapter or two to feel that way, but once I was there I couldn’t put it down. I wasn’t sure where it was going to go after the events of the last book, I was pleasantly surprised. It felt well planned out with lots of direction, nothing felt out of place.

I loved that lots of the old characters returned but we still got to meet lots of new ones, I could have done with more conversations from Serilda and Cho, I felt they were more in the background rather than being proper characters like they were in the first book.

I liked how you got to see into Lucas’s past, I found it very interesting and suits his character well. I liked meeting his family but I would have liked a little more interaction between Lucas and his family.

The action was good , very full. I do think the Mortan assassins could have planned a little better, their plans fell apart a little too easy. I think Evie makes an amazing Queen and I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens in book two.

4 out 5 stars