I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tear Down the Throne by Jennifer Estep
Series: Gargoyle Queen #2
Published by Harper Voyager on May 3, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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Bestselling author Jennifer Estep continues her Gargoyle Queen epic fantasy series where magic reigns, alliances are tested, and a dangerous attraction could tear down a throne. . .
Crown princess. Clever spy. Powerful mind magier. Gemma Ripley of Andvari is all those things—and determined to stop an enemy from using magical tearstone weapons to conquer her kingdom.
Gemma’s quest for answers leads her to a trade Summit between the various kingdoms. Among the other royals in attendance is Queen Maeven Morricone of Morta and her son, Prince Leonidas—Gemma’s charming and dangerous nemesis.
Gemma knows that Maeven always has a long game in motion, and sure enough, the cunning queen invokes an arcane tradition that threatens the fragile truce between Andvari and the other kingdoms. Despite her best intentions, Gemma once again finds herself thrown together with Leo and battling her growing feelings for the enemy prince.
When a series of deadly attacks shatters the Summit’s peaceful negotiations, Gemma realizes that someone wants to tear the royals down from their thrones—and that this enemy just might succeed.
I loved this book! I really enjoyed the previous book in this series so I was pretty excited to get my hands on a copy of this newest installment. I just love the way that I am able to lose myself in this world created in these books. I had pretty high expectations for this book and I ended up liking it just as much as I had hoped I would, maybe even more. Whenever I had to set the book aside, I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I was able to pick it up again. I found this to be a highly entertaining read.
The various kingdoms are gathered for a summit. Just as things are getting started, Maeven, being Maeven, decides to shake things up. She sets in motion an old tradition that will not only impact Gemma but could have devastating effects on Leonidas as well. This only adds to the stress between some of the kingdoms and there are a lot of different things in play for all the key players to juggle.
There was so much that I liked about this book. I loved the scenes that Gemma and Leonidas shared. They are great together and I think it is obvious how much they care about each other and how perfectly suited for each other they are. The only thing that is holding them back is the politics between their families. There was plenty of action and excitement to keep the story moving forward. I was eager to see what Milo had up his sleeve and hoped that Gemma would be able to stop his plans.
I would highly recommend this book to others. It was a very exciting book with great characters, plenty of action, and just enough romance. I cannot wait to read more of this exciting series.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via NetGalley.
I am so intrigued by this series! And her Crown of Shards series. Adult fantasy is a bit intimidating to me so I haven’t taken the plunge yet.
Tanya, I think that you would like these books. There is enough romance and the fantasy elements are well done.
Sounds like a fun, exciting read.
I loved it!
Yay, I share my review tomorrow and am loving this series and characters. Glad it rocked for you too!
I just loved this story!
I need to read these! I am so behind
I do think that you would like this series!
I agree with your points and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. I found Gemma slightly annoying in her maturity but she showed a lot of growth here and I hope to see her working more with Leo in the next book.
Gemma and Leo do make a great team. It would make sense that they would be together more in the next book.