Capture the Crown (Gargoyle Queen #1) by Jennifer Estep – Bestselling author Jennifer Estep returns to her Crown of Shards world with an all-new trilogy and a bold new heroine who protects her kingdom from magic, murder, and mayhem by moonlighting as a spy.
Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier—and a spy.
Gemma is undercover, trying to figure out who is stealing large amounts of tearstone from one of the Ripley royal mines when she encounters Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta—her mortal enemy. Gemma tries to steer clear of the handsome prince, but when she finds herself behind enemy lines, she reluctantly joins forces with Leo. Also coming to Gemma’s aid is Grimley, her beloved gargoyle.
Despite the fact that Andvari and Morta are old, bitter enemies, a dangerous attraction sparks between Gemma and Leo. Further complicating matters is Leo’s murderous family, especially Queen Maeven Morricone, the mastermind behind the infamous Seven Spire massacre.
The closer Gemma gets to the stolen tearstone, the more deadly plots she uncovers. Everyone is trying to capture the crown, but only one queen can sit on the throne…
Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 6, 2021)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic
ISBN-10 : 0063023032 – ISBN-13: 978-0063023031
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. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and loves all things related to superheroes. www.jenniferestep.com
Review of Capture the Crown
Capture the Crown is the first book in the Gargoyle Queen series by Jennifer Estep. Readers return to the Crown of Shards world in this all-new trilogy. Capture the Crown has a bold new heroine who protects her kingdom from magic, murder, and mayhem by moonlighting as a spy. A fast-paced young adult fantasy full of mystery, intrigue, and a hint of romance makes this a story readers are sure to get lost in. Capture the Crown is a slow-building, enemies-to-lovers romance that is fantastic. Gemma and Leo have such a complicated and impossible romance, which reminds me a bit of Romeo and Juliet. In addition to the layered characters and swoon-worthy romance, the world-building is immersive and interesting.
Capture the Crown is a spin-off of the Crown of Shards series, but you don’t need to read that series to read this book. The Gargoyle Queen is a great series for readers who like fantasies with dynamic characters, immersive stories, tons of political intrigue, and a fantastic enemies-to-lovers romance. I look forward to reading the next book in the Gargoyle Queen series by Jennifer Estep. * I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review. *