4/5 stars on Goodreads
|Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep|
After the previous book, I struggled to find a book that could hold my interest. I started a couple of books that I had to put down, but I’ll maybe finish them later when my mood is more suitable for them. The one that won in the end was Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards 1) by Jennifer Estep.
Kill the Queen is epic fantasy that reads like urban fantasy. It’s told in the first person point of view, the heroine is a sassy woman in her late twenties set apart from others because of her different magical abilities, and she kicks ass. The story itself is pure epic fantasy: the entire royal family is massacred, and the sole survivor, Evie, goes into hiding to learn the necessary skills to avenge everyone and claim her place on the throne. To achieve that, she joins a gladiator troupe where she finds true friends that she hasn’t had in the court.
The book isn’t necessarily remarkable, and it doesn’t stand out among the similar books. The lone orphan betrayed by the one person she thought was her friend is a trope well-tried before. The medieval world is familiar, even if this one was mixed with things like indoors plumbing and fast communication. The peoples populating the world were too similar to ours—the people of the north had Nordic names and the dragon shifter was Chinese. But the writing style is catchy and I found myself reading late in the night, eager to find out what would happen next. The story was concise and got to the point satisfyingly fast, and the ending was good. The story doesn’t need a follow-up, but there were a couple of questions left open, and I’ll definitely read the next book too to find out what will happen.