crush the king

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.

There is no better opportunity to strike than during the Regalia Games, a time when warriors, nobles, and royals from all the kingdoms come together to compete in various sporting events. With the help of her loyal friends, Evie goes on the attack at the Regalia, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes. Soon, she is facing a terrifying new threat, and she will have to dig deep and learn even more about her growing magic if she has any chance of defeating her foes.

Because to secure her throne and ensure her kingdom’s survival, Evie must think like a true Bellonan: she must outsmart and outwit her enemies . . . and crush the king.


Just like the first two books in the series, it was full of fun, battles, intrigue, battle of wits and dancing. I loved being brought back into this world. It is so well created, I adore how the different nations have their own individual quirks, it makesit easy to follow. Evie is a fantastic character as always. Her new obstacles are probably the hardest yet and she fights them with passion and charisma. I would have liked a little more interaction with Evie and her friends, it was one of the reasons I fell in love with the first book.

The many different ways Evie dealt with everything was very clever and well written. There was no lucking out of situations and no making easy escapes. I think this shows a sign of a great writer. I found the first 40% of the book quite slow compared to the rest of the series anyway, but it picked up and I devoured the rest.

I am looking forward to seeing more in future books, if there are any but it seems to be set up for at least one more.

4 out of 5 stars