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Conquer the Kingdom

Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Gargoyle Queen
Series #: 3
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
ARC?: Yes

Time is running out for crown princess Gemma Ripley. Despite being a cunning spy and a powerful mind magier, Gemma hasn’t been able to track down the most dangerous enemy her kingdom of Andvari has ever seen. Adding to her worries is the Sword and Shield tournament. With gladiators flocking to the capital city of Glanzen, Gemma can’t tell who is friend–or foe.

Determined to protect Andvari at any cost, Gemma hatches a bold plan, but things aren’t what they seem. Soon, everything she holds dear is being threatened, including her burgeoning relationship with Prince Leonidas Morricone.

With the kingdom she holds dear slipping through her fingers, Gemma will have to conquer her fear and unlock the true secret of her magic–or watch her friends and family die and her beloved Andvari fall . . .


Review

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an arc!

We’re back with Gemma and Leo in this final book – and everything is coming to a head with Milo. I was excited for this final book in the trilogy. I LOVED Gemma and Leo in the first two books, so I was eager to see them in this one.

I want to start with the one part I did not like so that I can get it out of the way and move onto what I did like. Gemma and Leo are still will-they-won’t-they-oh-my-families-we-can-never-be-together. And I get that it is part of the plot, but we just went through two books of this. Can we please move past this. We know you two love each other!!! Anyways, that is my one complaint about this book.

Moving to what I did like: Gemma and Leo’s relationship overall. I love their interactions and I find them amusing. Pretty much any character interactions. Violet is adorable, and I love Grimley, Otto and Lyra as well. Reiko is a badass and I would want her to watch my back.

There is quite a bit of action in this one, and it was a fast paced read. Definitely hard to put down because I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I thought this was a great conclusion to the series and I liked how everything fell out. Clearly, this is building up to another series, so I’ll be excited when that person takes front and center.

It’s hard to review a third book without giving too much away – suffice to say you will not want to miss this epic conclusion!

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