Release date: July 2nd, 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager
**This review WILL contain spoilers for Kill the Queen (book 1), please proceed at your own risk!**
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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…
- Takes place very shortly after the end of book 1
- Assassinations, verbal sparring, and political intrigue make this book hard to put down
- More Sully and Evie…seriously do you need a better reason then this?!?
Thank you to Harper Voyager for providing me an eARC of this book via Edelweiss! Ever since I finished Kill the Queen last year I have been trying to patiently wait for this book…it did not work out very well! I fell in love with the first book almost immediately and the sequel was no different.
Protect the Prince begins shortly after the end of Kill the Queen. Evie is now the Queen of Bellona but while she may act and look the part of Queen she doesn’t feel like it. With the nobles fighting for power and dominance, Evie has entered a different type of gladiator ring. This one is not fought with swords and shields though but with words and political maneuvering. But Evie was a part of this world long before she was a gladiator and she knows how to play the long game. As the Mortan’s assassination attempts grow more bold, Evie realizes she will need help if she is to remain in power as well as save her kingdom. Convincing a bunch of nobles she is truly a winter queen is one thing, but can she convince the rulers of another kingdom and gain a much needed ally?
While I loved the first book I think I loved this book even more! I really enjoyed how this book started out similarly to the first book, with someone trying to assassinate the Queen. While there was definitely not as much physical action as the first book (but definitely still plenty), I much preferred the type of verbal sparring and political intrigue we encounter in this book. The storyline was just as engaging though and I blew through this book in one sitting! Once I started I just couldn’t stop, I needed to know EVERYTHING! We also get some glimpses into Evie’s past throughout this book. I really enjoyed the way in which the flashbacks were told, almost like a story within a story. The transitions from past to present were seamless and definitely added to the storyline.
Evie continues to be one of my favorite characters. She is a character that I can fully relate to with her fake it till you make it attitude. She starts off plagued by self-doubt and lacking in confidence but as the book progresses she stops doubting herself and just fights for what truly matters to her. Throughout the book Evie continues to learn more about her magic as well as what it truly means to be a Winter Queen. I love that despite being Queen she doesn’t let the power go to her head, she is still the same kind hearted, strong willed and a bit troublesome woman we loved in the first book. And don’t even get me started on Sully! That man is just everything you want in a handsome prince (who even cares that he’s a bastard?!?). I loved watching the tension in their relationship (or lack thereof) finally hit a climax and the fallout from it! Plus adding in some new characters from Sully’s past just made this book all the more intriguing.
Absolutely! I love this series so much and if you enjoyed the first book you should definitely pick up book 2 when it comes out! I do have to mention that like the first book this book is a ADULT book and not YA. There are definitely some not YA things going on in this book but if anything it made me love it even more!
Protect the Prince comes out July 2nd! Here are some helpful links for pre-ordering: