"Kill the Queen" is an exciting start to a new series. I don't read much high fantasy, but I enjoy another series by this author. So I decided to give this a try. I'm very glad I did. "Kill the Queen" starts out with a bang. Evie's entire family is killed in a coop and she barely survives with her life. She ends up hiding in a traveling gladiator troop while planning to take her kingdom back.
The world building was well done and easy to follow. The plot was really creative and I found myself reading as fast as possible. I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
I liked Evie a lot and found her to be a likable heroine. Her character was well developed as were the side characters.
There is a hint of romance but nothing comes to fruition in this book. Fingers crossed we get more of that in the second book of the series.
While this is classified as fantasy I think it would still entertain urban fantasy readers. "Kill the Queen" is one of the most entertaining reads I've done this year and I highly recommend it.
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 bestselling 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.