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Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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.

Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a winter queen.

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....

©2019 Jennifer Estep (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Fantastic

Jennifer Estep is truely talented when is comes to storytelling. Smart, layered and compelling. Loved the second book and cannot wait for third. Don't you dare make us wait too long. I want more!

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Intriguing if predictable

I have enjoyed this series and the narration is good. The writer creates a rich and textured world full of interesting characters. In this book, it feels like the writer puts the audience so far ahead of the heroine in realisations that by the time she unravels the mystery it feels a little ‘no doy’

The romance feels a little bolted on by the end, but they make a good couple.

Still, it’s enjoyable and I will listen to the next book too

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Just as good as the first!

Just as good as the first one. Excellent narrator and lots of interesting plot developments.

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  • Christyn Jeffries
  • 17-09-19

Frustrating.

I really like the first book of the series, but this sequel is far worse. Nothing the main character does makes any sense, and the main love interest, Sully, behaves so poorly and selfishly that I was truly hoping they wouldn't get together at all. Considering that the overarching plot is about the annoying interactions between these two, it pretty much ruins the book. Finally, (spoilers!) in the end the supposedly well trained and intelligent assassins find the main character alone and vulnerable, then proceed to stand around explaining their motives to her for HOURS instead of just killing her like they were supposed to, so that help can arrive in time to save the "winter queen." Sure. -_-

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  • zoe
  • 23-07-19

woe is me

too many characters continually bemoaning the fact that true love does not conquer all.
aside from that irritation, the story and action are fine

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  • Mark Miles
  • 06-08-20

So disappointing

So disappointing after the 1st book. The 2nd book has way to much inner monologuing is just ridiculous. The books are turning into I hate men, women do better just not a good place to be. I love strong female characters they make books so interesting but when you sacrifice good content it just doesn't make any sense.

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  • Lena Smith
  • 03-02-20

Interesting but Uninspiring

This book has the bones of a great story, but the actual writing is clumsy.

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  • Kelly M
  • 02-08-19

How hard can it be to protect a prince?

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Protect the Prince picks up shortly after the end of Kill the Queen with Queen Everleigh Blair becoming the Queen Bellona. Becoming Queen has not been fun so far but it is what Evie had expected. The next step in Evie’s journey is to make amends with the Andvari people. Once in Andvari Evie must face off with a whole new set of problems from the Andvari Royals, a King that asks too much, an assassin who doesn’t know when to give up, and a trader who wants to take everything.

Protect the Prince is the second book in Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series and this second book was just as good as the first. There were times while listening that I was not sure my heart would survive the journey. I truly love this series and can not wait for the third and final chapter in The Crown of Shards series.

Once again I let the talented Lauren Fortgang read this book to me. Lauren did a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life for me. I look forward to listening to the next book in this series too.

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I purchased this book from Audible.com and it is an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • Leslie Gould
  • 08-03-21

Excellent

An excellent sequel with wonderfully developed strong female characters and a gripping plot that keeps you reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-21

love this book

this is a great buy, I love the story and love the narrator. I'm a big fan of audio books and am very picky with who narrates, you will not be disappointed in this book!!

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  • clinton
  • 06-11-20

Overall good however

While the book is good to a certain degree however the author was way too heavy-handed with the hints of who the main villain of this book is. I pretty much knew who it was right after you met the main players of this book were and in truth, I spend most of the book ticked off because of it and how predictable it was. I'm also not sure what the almost fascination the author has with making the MC lie as much as she can. The lying/withholding stage should have ended with book one all it does is make the MC kinda seem a bit dense because she only regrets it later. Overall the book is ok but everything from the main villain to the ending and pretty much everything in between is predictable down to the letter. it left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

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  • Erin Griffith
  • 13-09-20

It’s a love story, yo!

Want a fantasy love story? This is it. It may be a bit predictable But it will make your heart happy.

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  • C E Wright
  • 18-08-20

Evil verses good.

This was a very engaging story with interesting glimpses to the past. Done in such a way as to add to the tail and explain the infinite complexities of the Winter Queen's life
Lauren Fortgang once again does a wonderful job with her narration. Bringing to life the characters in this tail of fantasy, magic, plots and counter plots.
Remer to read book one first this series is that good.