Today I am super excited to welcome back Jennifer Estep to the blog. She’s got a brand new book and series out and she’s here to tell us more…
TWITA: Jennifer, welcome back to That’s What I’m Talking About. We are excited to help you celebrate the release of your new book, Kill the Queen! Please tell us a bit about your new series and the first title.
JE: Thanks for hosting me again. I appreciate it.
Kill the Queen is book #1 in my Crown of Shards epic fantasy series. The series focuses on Everleigh Blair, a member of the royal family who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena.
So the book is sort of like Gladiator meets Game of Thrones with a kick-butt heroine. If you are looking for a fantasy book with a strong heroine, plus lots of action, adventure, magic, and a hint of romance, then you should check out Kill the Queen.
TWITA: Crown of Shards series is an adult epic fantasy series. Is this a first for you? Can you tell us some of the differences in your world building between epic fantasy and urban fantasy?
JE: Crown of Shards is my first adult epic fantasy series. One of the main differences is that Kill the Queen is set in more of a medieval world, whereas my Elemental Assassin and other books are set in our modern world. Also, kings and queens are battling in Kill the Queen, and the fate of kingdoms is on the line, so the stakes are a little higher than in some of my urban fantasy books.
Also, epic fantasy books are usually quite a bit longer than urban fantasy books. For example, KILL THE QUEEN is about 125,000 words versus VENOM IN THE VEINS, the latest book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, which is about 100,000 words.
TWITA: And of course I need to ask… will there be any romance in the series?
JE: LOL. There will be some romance in the series, although I can’t say too much about it right now.
TWITA: Magic plays a big part in most of your books/series. If you could master an element or possess a magical talent, which would you choose and what would you do with it?
JE: Fun question! I think it would be really fun to be able to teleport anywhere you want to go in an instant. That would make getting to and back from vacations a breeze. LOL.
TWITA: Thanks so much for stopping by and telling us more about Kill the Queen. Readers can read an expert HERE and purchase a copy (purchase links below).
JE: Thanks for having me. I appreciate it. I hope everyone enjoys getting to know Evie and all the other characters in Kill the Queen.
Happy reading, everyone! ☺
About the Author:
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer writes the Crown of Shards epic fantasy series. Kill the Queen, book #1, was released on Oct. 2, 2018.
The Crown of Shards series focuses on Everleigh Blair, a member of the royal family who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena.
Jennifer is also the author of the Elemental Assassin, Mythos Academy, Bigtime, and Black Blade fantasy series.
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About the Book:
Kill the Queen
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Series: Crown of Shards #1
Genre: Epic Fantasy
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.
Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/2zx9853
Barnes & Noble Nook: https://tinyurl.com/yc7dclgm
Google Play: https://tinyurl.com/yb2dkx2n
Amazon.com digital audiobook: https://amzn.to/2LY7Iee
Amazon.com MP3 CD: https://amzn.to/2tzvann