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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Tear Down the Throne

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ 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 This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    And the plot thickens! After following Crown princess Gemma through the harrowing events of the first book in this series, I wondered if Ms. Estes could even come close to sustaining that excellence. And… she did! This story takes off from the shute and excitedly carries the reader through every twist and turn! Gemma is still stuck with the shallow reputation she intentionally established in order to be an effective spy but now it is hindering her more than it is helping because no one wants to And the plot thickens! After following Crown princess Gemma through the harrowing events of the first book in this series, I wondered if Ms. Estes could even come close to sustaining that excellence. And… she did! This story takes off from the shute and excitedly carries the reader through every twist and turn! Gemma is still stuck with the shallow reputation she intentionally established in order to be an effective spy but now it is hindering her more than it is helping because no one wants to believe the truth and the danger that is present and growing. Her character development is rich and nuanced in this installment as we watch her grow from a somewhat insecure princess into a powerhouse of her own. It was hard watching the relationship between her and Leo, though. It held such a melancholy yearning from both Gemma and Leo. It’s a testament to this author’s incredible ability that, even while we want to slap Gemma upside the head because of her constant refusal and the heartache it causes Leo, and even as we ache along with him, we completely understand Gemma’s reticence and her caution! Gem and Leo’s actions do have a bit of a YA feel, but if one doesn’t mind, it really doesn’t detract from the story. Overall, this is a fabulous second book in a series that is engaging and addicting, all while it promises even more as it continues!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Tear Down the Throne is such a great continuation to the Gargoyle Queen series! The story is set primarily at an annual summit where representatives of each ruling kingdom meet. As the leaders meet, old allies and enemies are put to the test, and Gemma must face her feelings for her sworn enemy. Can Gemma forgive Leonidas’s lies and betrayal? And how can she ever trust her enemy when his mother still intends to do harm? I love Gemma’s journey as she battles her duty and her heart. Life becomes ve Tear Down the Throne is such a great continuation to the Gargoyle Queen series! The story is set primarily at an annual summit where representatives of each ruling kingdom meet. As the leaders meet, old allies and enemies are put to the test, and Gemma must face her feelings for her sworn enemy. Can Gemma forgive Leonidas’s lies and betrayal? And how can she ever trust her enemy when his mother still intends to do harm? I love Gemma’s journey as she battles her duty and her heart. Life becomes very complicated for her as she tries to figure out who she can trust, who is manipulating her, and who has true intentions, and when the villainous Queen Maeven calls for an old and deadly competition, Gemma realizes that her kingdom and her heart are at risk. There are so many relationships explored in this book. Friendships and families are challenged and strengthened, and allies are put to the test. I love that the story explores so many different relationships and shows how complicated and difficult some can often be as well as how rewarding others are. There are also some adorable moments with new and old animals that I loved. These sweet and silly moments added a bit of fun and levity to a suspenseful and intense fantasy.   Of course, my favorite relationship in the book is the romance. It is absolutely swoon-tactic! These enemies have a forbidden romance, and they face so many obstacles. Though Gemma fights her long-time feelings for Leonidas, he is pretty open in his determination to win her over. Both characters reflect on and talk about their past and the events that happened when they were kids and how they affected and changed them, which is really interesting. Even though they are enemies, they have such a connected past, and I liked learning more about it. And their chemistry in the present is amazing! They make enemies-to-lovers look good! The supernatural elements and world-building are also fantastic, and the story is super immersive. The powers and abilities many of the characters have are fascinating and prove invaluable as they battle new and old enemies and obstacles. I also really like that the story delved deeper into Leonidas’s mother’s story. Maeven is a villainous antagonist, but in this book, her character is much more developed, and you begin to see her as more than just a villain. She is flawed and manipulative and downright evil at times, but there are other times and circumstances where she shows compassion, regret, and other positive attributes. It takes a gifted storyteller to get the reader to feel sympathy for the villain, and Estes does just that. The story has a ton of action and suspense and so much political intrigue. Since all of the leaders of the kingdom are together, there are a lot of political dealings going on, and Leonidas’s mother adds to the already tense gathering by instigating a challenge that would unite Leonidas and Gemma. Plus, it seems there is an assassin in their midst, and danger lurks around every corner. It’s intense and intriguing and has several surprise twists. I loved this book. It was well-paced, action-packed, and filled with intrigue, suspense, drama, a deadly competition, a little bit of humor, and an epic romance! Since this is the second book in the series and is not a standalone, I would recommend reading the first book before diving into this one. That being said, if you like romantic fantasy, you will definitely enjoy this!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)

    This book was a fantastic continuation of Gemma's story! Though it did start off slow by the end I was hooked. The world-building continues to be incredible. I love the lore the author created for this series. Gemma is a bad*ss! I love how she fights for what she believes is right and how she'll defend the people she loves. I enjoyed seeing her piece the puzzle of betrayal throughout this story. Leonidas has officially won me over in this book. At first, I was iffy about whether he was trustw This book was a fantastic continuation of Gemma's story! Though it did start off slow by the end I was hooked. The world-building continues to be incredible. I love the lore the author created for this series. Gemma is a bad*ss! I love how she fights for what she believes is right and how she'll defend the people she loves. I enjoyed seeing her piece the puzzle of betrayal throughout this story. Leonidas has officially won me over in this book. At first, I was iffy about whether he was trustworthy or not. He's proved himself throughout this novel to Gemma. I actually kinda sorta started to like him by the end. Overall, I loved reading Gemma's story and plan to pick up the next book when it releases (boy! is it going to be a long few months 😭). I can't wait to see what the author has up her sleeves for the next installment of this series. Fingers crossed that Gemma and Leonidas have a happy ending! The Audio Book: The narration was great! All the characters were distinguishable from each other.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leah M

    Rounded to 4.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. CONTENT WARNING: torture, blood, violence After finishing the Crown of Shards series, I was heartbroken to have to say goodbye to the beautiful world that Jennifer Estep created. So when she announced that there was going to be an offshoot series set years later in the same world, I was overjoyed. Capture the Crown, the first book, was fabulous, and lets us int Rounded to 4.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. CONTENT WARNING: torture, blood, violence After finishing the Crown of Shards series, I was heartbroken to have to say goodbye to the beautiful world that Jennifer Estep created. So when she announced that there was going to be an offshoot series set years later in the same world, I was overjoyed. Capture the Crown, the first book, was fabulous, and lets us into the life of a grown up Princess Gemma Ripley, and this book met and exceeded all my expectations. I was so ready to read this, especially after finishing a quick audiobook reread of book 1, and it picks up shortly after Gemma has returned to Andvari, her kingdom. But nothing about this was ever boring. It’s a fast-paced story, full of action and surprises that I didn’t see coming. But at the heart of it is also a great romance that I’ve been hoping for since the last book! We are immediately immersed into magic, mystery, and political intrigue, which lasts throughout the story. Gemma is still dealing with the aftermath of the events in book 1, and while she’s gotten stronger at wielding her magic, she continues to struggle with controlling it rather than letting it control her. She’s also working as a spy, trying to figure out what is going on with the weapons made of stolen tearstone, but not having nearly as much progress as she’d like. So when the Summit, a gathering of all the royal leaders from various kingdoms occurs, she’s in a unique position to find out more while working to strengthen her own kingdom’s position. However, it also brings her back into close contact with the Morricones. And Maeven is still up to her old tricks — playing the long game and using new and innovative means to do so. This time, she calls for an old, mostly-forgotten tradition to do it. But it means putting Gemma right into the path of Leonidas Morricone, her avowed enemy. “‘I wish I could have shielded you from the Morricones, especially Maeven. But no matter what I do, she always seems to find a way to get the better of me and hurt our family. I don’t know whether to admire or hate her for that.’ My gaze drifted over to the Mortan queen, who was sipping wine from a goblet. ‘Me neither.’” Speaking of Leonidas, this is the perfect enemies-to-lovers story, wrapped in a thrilling fantasy world with a variety of amazing, well-rounded characters. But the attraction between Gemma and Leonidas is simmering throughout the book, and all I really wanted was to see them together. “Leonidas Morricone got under my skin in a way no one else ever had and made my tongue as uncontrollable as my magic so often was.” Gemma does a great job of attending to her royal duties, spying, and working on her burgeoning friendship with Lady Reiko, a spy from another country that she worked with in the last book. I loved seeing the dynamics evolve between Gemma and Reiko, from competition to a true friendship, although that is definitely threatened through the story. This book was everything I’d hoped it would be, and then some. Now I’m just stuck waiting for book 3 to come out, to find out what happens next for Gemma. Some of my favorite characters from the Crown of Shards series returned, although there were two notable exceptions, but I have high hopes that they’ll make at least an appearance in book 3. But the twists and turns, and various intriguing plots running throughout this story are a hallmark of Estep’s, and I love every second of it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    I have a lot of the same feelings about book 2 as I did for book 1. It started out a bit slow, but by the end I was completely hooked. There is a lot of secrecy, and you don't always know who to trust or not, and I kept trying to figure things out as Gemma was trying to figure them out. That makes for an intriguing read for me. I think the beginning just got a little bogged down by descriptions but once you get past that, I enjoyed trying to figure out the evil plot. I'm no longer wondering where I have a lot of the same feelings about book 2 as I did for book 1. It started out a bit slow, but by the end I was completely hooked. There is a lot of secrecy, and you don't always know who to trust or not, and I kept trying to figure things out as Gemma was trying to figure them out. That makes for an intriguing read for me. I think the beginning just got a little bogged down by descriptions but once you get past that, I enjoyed trying to figure out the evil plot. I'm no longer wondering where Leo's loyalties lie. I believe he has truly proven himself at this point and I'm now pretty excited to see him and Gemma together. I'm super curious what the next step for his sister entails. Their queen mother, Maeven, has admitted to plans where she is concerned. Maeven is also completely unpredictable, and I like that. I like that she isn't as evil as I thought but she also isn't that good. She's a mix of both and that makes her unpredictable. This series has my attention and I look forward to seeing how it all ends.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher & Author for Giveaway *Genre* Epic Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Tear Down the Throne, by author Jennifer Estep, is the second installment in the authors The Gargoyle Queen trilogy. This is a spin-off of the authors bestselling Crown of Shards trilogy, set 15 years later. It features a lot of the same characters, not Everleigh, but focuses on a Crown Princess Gemma Ripley of Andvari, who moonlights as a spy, as well as a powerful mind magier who can hear each and every secret. A *Source* Publisher & Author for Giveaway *Genre* Epic Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Tear Down the Throne, by author Jennifer Estep, is the second installment in the authors The Gargoyle Queen trilogy. This is a spin-off of the authors bestselling Crown of Shards trilogy, set 15 years later. It features a lot of the same characters, not Everleigh, but focuses on a Crown Princess Gemma Ripley of Andvari, who moonlights as a spy, as well as a powerful mind magier who can hear each and every secret. As you know, the author loves to fill her stories with murder, magic, and mayhem. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  8. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    The Gargoyle Queen series is set in the same world as the Crown of Shards series and I am having a blast reading them. They are filled with suspense, traditions, magic, creatures, royalty, kingdoms and forbidden romance. This is a trilogy, so the romance is a slow-burn and worth every page. This trilogy should be read in the order of its release. Gemma Ripley of Andvari is a powerful mind magier and in attendance at the trade Summit, with her father, King of Andvari. Queen Maeven Morricone of Mor The Gargoyle Queen series is set in the same world as the Crown of Shards series and I am having a blast reading them. They are filled with suspense, traditions, magic, creatures, royalty, kingdoms and forbidden romance. This is a trilogy, so the romance is a slow-burn and worth every page. This trilogy should be read in the order of its release. Gemma Ripley of Andvari is a powerful mind magier and in attendance at the trade Summit, with her father, King of Andvari. Queen Maeven Morricone of Morta is in attendance. Also in attendance are her sons; Milo, who is always plotting and badly injured Gemma in the first book, along with Prince Leonidas, another mind magier like Gemma. The two have a history and some heated moments. When these royal kingdoms get together, you get political intrigue, assassination attempts, plotting and more! Queen Maeven invokes an arcane tradition known as the Gauntlet. It causes quite the commotions. Without spoilers, I will say it involves the house of Morricone and the house of Andvari. There are tasks to be completed that will end in death or a marriage. Eep! I love the world, the creatures like the gargoyles and secondary characters like Reiko, Dominic, and Rhea. The villains are delightfully wicked and you’ll want to throttle them. Milo and his fiancée are despicable. Maeven has blood on her hands but is quite clever. The romance was swoon-worthy even if Gemma drove me nuts with her concerns over the houses. We see progress as events force growth and realizations. The events helped establish trust and see beyond the house colors. Suspense, battles, action and plotting kept me engaged and the characters make these tales memorable. I look forward to the next book in the series. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2022/05/06/... I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I’m so glad I discovered Jennifer Estep through her Crown of Shards series. For accessible epic fantasy with a strong dose of magic and just dash of romance, and books that are just plain fun to read, you really can’t ask for more. And with her new series Gargoyle Queen which is set in the same world, Estep continues to bring more of that same goodness. In Tear Down the Throne, which is t 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2022/05/06/... I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I’m so glad I discovered Jennifer Estep through her Crown of Shards series. For accessible epic fantasy with a strong dose of magic and just dash of romance, and books that are just plain fun to read, you really can’t ask for more. And with her new series Gargoyle Queen which is set in the same world, Estep continues to bring more of that same goodness. In Tear Down the Throne, which is the second volume, we once again join protagonist Gemma Ripley of Andvari on her quest to save her kingdom and discover the mystery behind why their rivals are collecting large amounts of tearstone, a material that can be used to make powerful weapons. While Gemma maybe the crown princess, there is also more to her than meets the eye. Being a mind magier, she is able to sense magic and read people’s thoughts, making her the perfect spy. However, all her plans are about to be derailed when Queen Maeven of Morta suddenly declares a challenge during the Summit, when all the leaders of the world are gathered. Enter the Gauntlet, an old and obscure tradition which would require a contender to overcome a series of difficult and sometimes deadly tasks to win the grand prize. The only problem? Gemma’s hand in marriage is the grand prize. And Queen Maeven has arranged for her own son and Gemma’s sworn nemesis Prince Leonidas to compete in the Gauntlet, no doubt as part of her grand scheme to one day to take Andvari for herself. Furious at this turn of events, Gemma knows she must not let Maeven’s plan come to fruition, yet at the same time, she’s dealing with some very conflicted emotions where the diabolical queen’s youngest son is concerned. The worst part is, Leo seems truly sincere when he vows that he will conquer the Gauntlet and win Gemma’s heart, and in spite of herself, our protagonist can’t deny her growing feelings for him either. I mean, how do resist such a tantalizing premise? If you’re a fantasy reader who enjoys some romance in your stories but aren’t really a fan of the romance genre itself, the Gargoyle Queen series would be perfect. The hate-turns-to-love romance between Gemma and Leo is a good example of one that strikes a good balance, giving prominent focus to their relationship development yet being careful not to overdo the cloying or cheesy elements. It was also paced exactly right, and the novel was a compelling and addictive read all around, thanks to a solid plotline which acted as a foundation for everything else to be built upon it. In fact, I feel Tear Down the Throne was a huge improvement over its predecessor, Capture the Crown. Being the second book has its advantages, of course, since the groundwork has already been laid and we’re able to jump right into things without preamble. Capture the Crown was also heavy on the court intrigue, whereas this one had a lot more action, though many highlights from the first book returned as well, including the magical aspects and Grimley the gargoyle. World-building remains a strong point for this series and it’s further developed in this sequel, revealing more details behind the inner workings of Gemma’s abilities. Speaking of which, Gemma as a protagonist really came into her own in Tear Down the Throne. I felt she didn’t really have much of a personality when we first met her in Capture the Crown, yet here she has a lot more agency and we’re starting to see what she’s capable of. Her voice has also abandoned that younger, “YA tone” which was such a distraction in the first book, as she’s no longer trying to cultivate the “pampered, inexperienced princess” reputation. This gave the book an overall more mature vibe. As a result, I was also able to take her romance with Leonidas a lot more seriously, and so the change is definitely a win any way you look at it. My takeaway? No middle book syndrome here. For all the reasons discussed above, Tear Down the Throne improved upon the weaknesses from Capture the Crown while taking everything that worked and made them even better. The ending also wrapped up the novel’s main story arc nicely while leaving plenty of look forward to in the next book, which I shall now await with great enthusiasm and impatience!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews

    Y’all I can’t. I just can’t! It has been a lengthy amount of time since I’ve dived into a fantasy series. It's one of my favorite genres and practically the only thing I would read. I took a break and diversified my reading but my heart just belongs in fantasy, action, and adventure. Jennifer Estep is one of the most prolific voices in this genre. Being able to dive back into this world and having her be the captain of that ship? Chefs kiss. I finished book one, Capture the Crown, and I’m halfwa Y’all I can’t. I just can’t! It has been a lengthy amount of time since I’ve dived into a fantasy series. It's one of my favorite genres and practically the only thing I would read. I took a break and diversified my reading but my heart just belongs in fantasy, action, and adventure. Jennifer Estep is one of the most prolific voices in this genre. Being able to dive back into this world and having her be the captain of that ship? Chefs kiss. I finished book one, Capture the Crown, and I’m halfway through the second book, Tear Down the Throne, and I’m still flabbergasted by how much I love it all. Tear Down the Throne comes out tomorrow!!! Order your copy ASAP. ~Tanja *ARC gifted by publisher Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿TikTok

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Jennifer Estep returns with the second installment of the Gargoyle Queen series. This is an epic fantasy series about magic, a crown princess and lots of twists and turns. Since I’m a fan of Estep’s writing, I was very much looking forward to this book. But for me, Gemma is a unique character that required some warming up to. While I think she is a strong and vibrant personality, I sometimes struggle with relating to her. Or perhaps it’s just the narration that made me struggle with this book. Ne Jennifer Estep returns with the second installment of the Gargoyle Queen series. This is an epic fantasy series about magic, a crown princess and lots of twists and turns. Since I’m a fan of Estep’s writing, I was very much looking forward to this book. But for me, Gemma is a unique character that required some warming up to. While I think she is a strong and vibrant personality, I sometimes struggle with relating to her. Or perhaps it’s just the narration that made me struggle with this book. Nevertheless, I noticed that Estep had been flexing her Fantasy muscles lately. I do like it, however, her other books seem to be more my style. Sometimes, I feel like the story struggles with consistency, which throws me off. However, if you’re looking for a Fantasy novel that’s more of the light side then this one might be a good fit for you. There are many elements that remind me of her Young Adult books, which is always a bonus.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    My Thoughts Tear Down The Throne, the second book in a part fantasy/part politics/part romance series that follows Andvaris heir Princess Gemma Ripley. A young woman who has her own Gargoyle who is not only her friend but her arial transport as well. This story picks up where first left off and soon reveals Gemma once again neck deep in her next adventure. You see this Princess is also a royal spy and her latest mission continues to be a priority for the sake of all Andvarians. There are My Thoughts Tear Down The Throne, the second book in a part fantasy/part politics/part romance series that follows Andvaris heir Princess Gemma Ripley. A young woman who has her own Gargoyle who is not only her friend but her arial transport as well. This story picks up where first left off and soon reveals Gemma once again neck deep in her next adventure. You see this Princess is also a royal spy and her latest mission continues to be a priority for the sake of all Andvarians. There are of course multiple threads to follow as the story progresses, each one building on the last as Gemma tries to discover each of her foes endgame before it is too late. No one can be trusted and everyone is a suspect as our Princess battles what her heart wants rather than what her head dictates must be done. This second book has more revelations in store but also more secrets to uncover the truth of as well. Sacrifices are necessary to make certain desires come true. However for Gemma her greatest sacrifice is born of love which overcomes past hatreds. There are moments in this tale where all seems lost for Gemma Ripley, moments that turn defeat into triumphs instead. As with first book we are left an ending that leads to another adventure, one that should prove to be even more intense than the two before it. What tangled webs are woven within this story and at long last a new future beckons for Gemma and Leo. I am looking forward to what comes next! [EArc from Netgalley]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    As I said about the first book in this series/trilogy (I have no clue which it will be, but my money is on trilogy), this reads more like a book for teens and pre-teens who are a bit more sophisticated. There is swearing, sexual innuendo, and one full-on sex scene. Yes, this is an adult novel, but it just doesn't read that way. Gemma Ripley - Princess - is just too naive and whiney to be and just plain acts like a child throughout most of this book. The first half of this book is mainly a re-hash As I said about the first book in this series/trilogy (I have no clue which it will be, but my money is on trilogy), this reads more like a book for teens and pre-teens who are a bit more sophisticated. There is swearing, sexual innuendo, and one full-on sex scene. Yes, this is an adult novel, but it just doesn't read that way. Gemma Ripley - Princess - is just too naive and whiney to be and just plain acts like a child throughout most of this book. The first half of this book is mainly a re-hashing of the first novel. The second half of this book does get better, and Gemma does grow. She doesn't grow as much as I would have liked, but I am not the author, and I don't know what's coming with the next novel. There is plenty of excitement, bloodshed, and love in the second half of the story to keep one entertained-that is, if you can get through the bland first half. *ARC proved by the publisher Harper Voyager, the author Jennifer Estep, and NetGalley.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

    So, I reread my review of Capture the Crown, which is book one. There isn't any mention of thinking this is YA (Young Adult), but Tear Down the Throne read like so many YA fantasy romances I have read in the past. It seems every character pasted on their 'blank' faces while there's an obvious physical tell, which made the plot seemed 'dumbed down.' It's like the publisher told the author that YA isn't hot anymore, change the age, throw in a sexy time and a couple of F bombs and we'll label it fo So, I reread my review of Capture the Crown, which is book one. There isn't any mention of thinking this is YA (Young Adult), but Tear Down the Throne read like so many YA fantasy romances I have read in the past. It seems every character pasted on their 'blank' faces while there's an obvious physical tell, which made the plot seemed 'dumbed down.' It's like the publisher told the author that YA isn't hot anymore, change the age, throw in a sexy time and a couple of F bombs and we'll label it for adults. I like the story, but I would have enjoyed it more if the characters showed more sophistication for their age or if the publisher would have left it as YA, if that's the case. I still plan on reading what the conclusion of the Gargoyle Queen series, and I feel as if there will be another spin-off. library eloan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    3.5 stars...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Unbridled

    Gemma has matured and become an outstanding heroine. She has grown more comfortable with her power, adept at her spycraft, and improved her fighting skills. The last thing left to master will be her emotions, particularly where her feelings of adequacy and Leonidas are concerned. I'm a sucker for a forbidden or enemies-to-lovers romance, and Gemma and Leonidas couldn't be any more at odds. Though Leo does seem to have a greater grasp on his feelings for Gemma. This installment brings us to anothe Gemma has matured and become an outstanding heroine. She has grown more comfortable with her power, adept at her spycraft, and improved her fighting skills. The last thing left to master will be her emotions, particularly where her feelings of adequacy and Leonidas are concerned. I'm a sucker for a forbidden or enemies-to-lovers romance, and Gemma and Leonidas couldn't be any more at odds. Though Leo does seem to have a greater grasp on his feelings for Gemma. This installment brings us to another summit, and I was very interested to see all the royals gathering again. (Although I did miss Everleigh and am curious why she didn't attend). I absolutely loved the idea of the Gauntlet, and couldn't wait to see how it would effect everyone. There was SO much action and drama in this one, I felt like the book flew by and was sorry to see it end. I especially enjoyed the introduction of Otto and Violet, and I hope they continue to play a part in future stories. I also have an inkling of where our next spinoff will occur, and who that heroine may be. 😉

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monica Hills

    How can you not love a book that has gargoyles, a baby strix, and a heroine who will do anything to protect those she loves. This is the second book in the Gargoyle Queen series. Gemma is recovering from everything that happened in Morta. She is still determined to find out what Milo has planned. Gemma returns to her spying but has to attend a Summit for royals. There she comes face to face with Leonidas, Milo, and Queen Maeven. Gemma has to find out what they're planning before someone she care How can you not love a book that has gargoyles, a baby strix, and a heroine who will do anything to protect those she loves. This is the second book in the Gargoyle Queen series. Gemma is recovering from everything that happened in Morta. She is still determined to find out what Milo has planned. Gemma returns to her spying but has to attend a Summit for royals. There she comes face to face with Leonidas, Milo, and Queen Maeven. Gemma has to find out what they're planning before someone she cares about gets killed. I am a huge fan of Jennifer Estep. All of her books contain tons of action, romance, and a little mystery. Plus really great descriptions of food. This book was no exception. I loved reading about Gemma and Leo, and I can't wait to see what happens. Another great installment to this series! Thank you to Francesca Carlo and Harper Collins Publishers for the advanced copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars -- An HJ Top Pick! See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie Guaranteed to thrill readers with intrigue, political machinations, battles, and a thread of romance, Tear Down the Throne made me love Jennifer Estep’s work–and epic fantasy romances–even more. It’s a sign of a great book when you hate to see it end. And as I turned the last page of Tear Down the Throne, I actually felt sad that we have to wait another year to get the third book, Conquer the Kingdom. I have f Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars -- An HJ Top Pick! See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie Guaranteed to thrill readers with intrigue, political machinations, battles, and a thread of romance, Tear Down the Throne made me love Jennifer Estep’s work–and epic fantasy romances–even more. It’s a sign of a great book when you hate to see it end. And as I turned the last page of Tear Down the Throne, I actually felt sad that we have to wait another year to get the third book, Conquer the Kingdom. I have fallen hard and fast in love with Gemma, Leo, Grimley, Reiko, Xenia and the rest. And it’s no wonder. Jennifer Estep has the wonderful ability–no matter the genre–to weave complicated situations... Read More

  19. 5 out of 5

    William Bentrim

    Tear Down The Throne by Jennifer Estep This was a little more romance than I expected. Gemma and Leo are stuck circling their internal wagons. Morta and Andvari are still mortal rivals. Treachery continues to abound. An annual summit for trade provides the setting for the tale. Being of advanced age and occasional user of the f-word, I was still not thrilled to see it used in the book, at least three different times. It doesn’t seem necessary and despite widespread use, still grated on me. Gemma’ Tear Down The Throne by Jennifer Estep This was a little more romance than I expected. Gemma and Leo are stuck circling their internal wagons. Morta and Andvari are still mortal rivals. Treachery continues to abound. An annual summit for trade provides the setting for the tale. Being of advanced age and occasional user of the f-word, I was still not thrilled to see it used in the book, at least three different times. It doesn’t seem necessary and despite widespread use, still grated on me. Gemma’s continuous denial of affection and caustic introspection became tiresome and seemed more like just adding to the word count. I enjoyed the addition of the baby strix and how Grimley reacted. The book was entertaining despite my normal reserve about romantic novels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5 ☆ Gemma Ripley & Andvari are facing Morta and Maven's plots again. This time her hand in marriage is on the line and also her life. But how much can she really trust Leonidas after he has betrayed her twice. At the trade summit she shall really see who she can trust. All the royals gather together and all of them have a long game to play. I am a huge fan of this series. I have a major soft spot for Gargoyles especially Grimley, Fern and Otto. Of Gemma & Leonidas and all they have to face to g 3.5 ☆ Gemma Ripley & Andvari are facing Morta and Maven's plots again. This time her hand in marriage is on the line and also her life. But how much can she really trust Leonidas after he has betrayed her twice. At the trade summit she shall really see who she can trust. All the royals gather together and all of them have a long game to play. I am a huge fan of this series. I have a major soft spot for Gargoyles especially Grimley, Fern and Otto. Of Gemma & Leonidas and all they have to face to get their happily ever after. The final installment is in 2023 so the wait is real.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Romance Schmomance (Malia)

    Oh the satisfaction of finally getting this book into my hands. I absolutely loved Capture the Queen and was eagerly awaiting book 2 of this fantastic series. I didn't do a re-read before jumping into this one, but was able to remember enough to keep going without getting lost. Much like the Capture the Queen, the pacing was just perfect, I couldn't put this one down and be completely taken away into this story. And the romance was so, so good! After craving more of it in book 1, I was quite sati Oh the satisfaction of finally getting this book into my hands. I absolutely loved Capture the Queen and was eagerly awaiting book 2 of this fantastic series. I didn't do a re-read before jumping into this one, but was able to remember enough to keep going without getting lost. Much like the Capture the Queen, the pacing was just perfect, I couldn't put this one down and be completely taken away into this story. And the romance was so, so good! After craving more of it in book 1, I was quite satisfied on that front. Although, Gemma did frustrate me as she kept fighting the pull towards Leonidas. I'm quickly becoming an instant fan of Estep, from the perfect amount of world-building, a romance that'll have you asking for more, and some pretty well-rounded secondary characters. I did split this read with the audio and definitely would have stuck with the audio, but by nighttime, I just couldn't stop. And off to the ebook I went to keep on devouring. Lauren was such a great choice to narrate, you won't even notice the length of this audio because she does a phenomenal job keeping you fully immersed. This was such a great addition to the Gargoyle Queen series, we have one more to go and I can't wait to get to it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    RetroGirlReads

    Crown Princess Gemma Armina Merilde Ripley of Andvari is bold and brilliant - and she’s determined to use her wits to save her kingdom. The Mortans are determined to use magical tearstone weapons to destroy Andvari, and Gemma is determined not to let that happen. When Gemma’s search for answers leads her to a trade Summit between the kingdoms, she runs into the powerful and deadly Queen Maeven Morricone - and her dangerously charming son, Leonidas. Gemma is determined to ignore them both, but Ma Crown Princess Gemma Armina Merilde Ripley of Andvari is bold and brilliant - and she’s determined to use her wits to save her kingdom. The Mortans are determined to use magical tearstone weapons to destroy Andvari, and Gemma is determined not to let that happen. When Gemma’s search for answers leads her to a trade Summit between the kingdoms, she runs into the powerful and deadly Queen Maeven Morricone - and her dangerously charming son, Leonidas. Gemma is determined to ignore them both, but Maeven’s newest strategy throws that plan completely out the window. Once again, Gemma and Leo are thrown together, and this time, she finds it harder and harder to ignore her growing feelings for the enemy prince. As Maevan’s plan begins to destroy the fragile peace between the kingdoms, Gemma realizes that Maevan is not her only enemy - and that this other threat may destroy them all. Holy. Freaking. Cow. This book was even better than the first one!!! I was drawn in from the very first page, and I found myself unable to put it down. I loved everything about it - the drama, the politics, the angst. The action was exhilarating, and the romance agonizingly slow burn. I loved the whole idea of the trade Summit, and I think it was brilliantly executed. I also loved how Gemma and Leonidas’ relationship changed, grew, and developed over the course of this novel. Gemma. She’s so strong, and smart, and capable. I loved how she was able to use her wits to learn things that helped protect and save her kingdom, and I loved that she wasn’t some kind of delicate wallflower. I also loved her banter with Leonidas!!! Leo. Oh my gosh, what a whirlwind of emotions I have about this man!!! He is so much more than he appears to be. I loved his strength, his kindness, his compassion. Completely, totally swoonworthy. This book was everything I could’ve wished for and more. Without giving too much away, I think you’ll be very satisfied with what happens in this book!!! Estep’s writing is highly addicting, and I can’t wait to see how Gemma’s story ends in book three. If you love books with a strong heroine that are full of political intrigue, intense action, and painfully beautiful romance, then the Gargoyle Queen series is definitely the one for you!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Madison Jane

    “Sometimes, enemies make the most interesting suitors— and especially the best lovers.” and to that I say, “it’s worth the risk.” This book turned up the heat! I loved the first book but I dare say I loved this second one even more. It was everything I was waiting on the edge of my seat for and I can not wait for the next one (seriously I can not wait, March 2023 please get here faster). Gemma Armina Merilde Ripley is the crown princess of and spy for Andvari, her kingdom. She just survived her t “Sometimes, enemies make the most interesting suitors— and especially the best lovers.” and to that I say, “it’s worth the risk.” This book turned up the heat! I loved the first book but I dare say I loved this second one even more. It was everything I was waiting on the edge of my seat for and I can not wait for the next one (seriously I can not wait, March 2023 please get here faster). Gemma Armina Merilde Ripley is the crown princess of and spy for Andvari, her kingdom. She just survived her time in enemy territory, the kingdom of Morta, and is braving her way through uncovering more of their schemes. After living through prince Leonidas betrayal and his brother Milo’s torture she is finally embracing her true strength in her mind magier magic. Which is the ability to hear peoples thoughts and feel their emotions, among other abilities. Amidst rising tension between Andvari and Morta the Summit is approaching. The Summit is a yearly meeting where the royals, merchants, nobles, etc from various kingdoms come together to discuss trade agreements. Gemma must navigate plots and politics to survive the Summit and her traitorous feelings for Leonidas. This becomes difficult when Maeven, the ruthless queen of Morta invokes an old tradition that puts Gemma in a difficult position and Leonidas’ life in danger. Prince Leonidas Luther Andor Morricone is the second in line for the Mortan throne. Leo is also a mind magier like Gemma. After unknowingly betraying Gemma in Morta, Leonidas uses his mothers newest scheme to earn Gemma’s trust and hopefully her heart. That’s if he can survive the grueling tasks among other dangers. Things I LOVED: •Gemma’s confidence boost. She no longer thinks of herself as a weak coward and it only makes her stronger throughout this second book. •GRIMLEY the gargoyle is still the best and he’s still grouchy if he doesn’t get his naps. “Hunting, eating, and napping are what truly matter.” Give him a cozy fireplace and he’s happy. •there is no crazy scene jumping, you get every moment and the world/scene building is *chefs kiss* •the tension between Gemma and Leo is just perfect. I ate up every scene with them together and only wanted more. •the side characters add to the story and are as likable as the lead characters. •All the details and whispers (even from the first book) all come full circle. •the ending had me practically sweating, I was laying down reading and actually had to sit up because my heart was racing. This is such a great fantasy romance. Its a Romeo and Juliet love story with lots of magic and scheming. This second book turns up the heat in the slow burn enemies to lovers. You will not be disappointed. Like I said, I can not wait for the second book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts I loved the Crown of Shards trilogy.   As with any urban fantasy or even other types of series, I prefer to read in order and have the full world building and character backgrounds.  The first trilogy had the main character of Everleigh Blair, this next trilogy (?) is about Gemma Ripley.  Some of the things This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts I loved the Crown of Shards trilogy.   As with any urban fantasy or even other types of series, I prefer to read in order and have the full world building and character backgrounds.  The first trilogy had the main character of Everleigh Blair, this next trilogy (?) is about Gemma Ripley.  Some of the things I said in my review of  Capture the Crown are still true. The  Gargoyle Queen is a continuation, but a full 16 years later.  Gemma Ripley is now grown.  However, Gemma still has fears and doesn't know how to control or use her power effectively.   She still feels very young. I tired of her repeating her past, her guilt, her shoving down her power and being a little too daring. Gemma continued to annoy me a bit.  She is learning, and does develop in Tear Down the Throne.  I still feel like she is immature for her age, takes many risks without the preparation in skills and strategy.  Why does she not learn to better use her magic and power?  She also doesn't seem to realize that any rumors and leads may be a trap and chasing the bad guys may mean running into a larger group of bad guys. The setting here is in a border town, where all the kingdoms have come for the Summit.  The event is a regular trade negotiation meeting.  There are rules to keep it safe for participants but of course, there are those who don't follow the rules. Morta is a key example, so the Morricones are not well liked or trusted. I wanted to love this book and I did enjoy reading it.  Leo continued to be an upstanding guy and in spite of his horrid family, he made every effort to prove himself to Gemma.  His mother is a piece of work. His brother and fiance are disgusting.  I do like Delmira though. Gemma did make some progress in utilizing her powers as she found herself in dire situations.  But best of all, she decided to be honest with herself with how she felt about Leo, and was open about those feelings.  She also showed the maturity to be kind and save others' lives, even if they haven't done the same for her. I do look forward to Conquer the Kingdom next year. I am excited to see Leo and Gemma working together with a bit more strategy and planning.  I hope Milo gets what he deserves.  I love the gargoyles and strix.  I can't wait to see Violet have the entire gargoyle population in her thrall!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    Another comfort read by a great author. TEAR DOWN THE THRONE continues Gemma's story as she contends with her duties as a spy, but also her feelings for her enemy. The story is full of all the adventure and charm that I expect from Estep novels, as well as some complex scenes and choices that Gemma is forced to make. Gemma herself is as fun as any Estep characters, her drive and personality keeping the scenes engaging. I enjoyed her interactions with most of the cast, especially her father and M Another comfort read by a great author. TEAR DOWN THE THRONE continues Gemma's story as she contends with her duties as a spy, but also her feelings for her enemy. The story is full of all the adventure and charm that I expect from Estep novels, as well as some complex scenes and choices that Gemma is forced to make. Gemma herself is as fun as any Estep characters, her drive and personality keeping the scenes engaging. I enjoyed her interactions with most of the cast, especially her father and Maeven, since they both came with complications. Reiko also had some great moments with Gemma as their friendship became tested. Leonidas remains the strong silent type, looking for redemption and to win back Gemma's trust. The story focused on a series of trials that I thought would be posted to Gemma but were centered around someone else. While Gemma was active in the scenes, she likely could have been more directly involved in the challenges. That said, the final trial was very exciting and written with a cinematic feel to it. There were plenty of mysteries and new elements added to the world to keep it fresh and exciting. The story was at its strongest when the characters were engaging in spycraft. I would have loved more of those scenes and hope there will be additional ones in the future. The romance between Gemma and Leonidas was strong, since both characters had to struggle with the people they had been compared to the people they were. Watching them confront their feelings for each other made for great reading. If you're a long time reader of Jennifer Estep, you know what to expect from her books. But, if you're a long time reader, you'll know that her content is all about fun, charisma, and adventure. Highly recommended to fans of casual fantasy and easy reading!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maridov

    There’s talking gargoyles and giant flying birds and plants that like to mess with you. Tear down the throne is an entertaining book. I like the story, I like the world it’s set up in. I Actually really liked the main character Princess Gemma. Not only is she in her late 20’s ( GASP!!!) but she’s fairly good at her job and has a family that loves her. That alone in a protagonist is really hard to find lately. I also love Prince Leo but every time they used his full name. My mind would immediatel There’s talking gargoyles and giant flying birds and plants that like to mess with you. Tear down the throne is an entertaining book. I like the story, I like the world it’s set up in. I Actually really liked the main character Princess Gemma. Not only is she in her late 20’s ( GASP!!!) but she’s fairly good at her job and has a family that loves her. That alone in a protagonist is really hard to find lately. I also love Prince Leo but every time they used his full name. My mind would immediately go to the movie 3000 and scream “A beast approaches and was King Leonidas who provoked it!” Having said that their love at times felt very YA. Gemma!! Dear open your eyes!! My one complaint about this book would be that it’s book 2 in a series. Yet everyone kept reciting so much exposition from book 1 I really don’t think it’s necessary to even go read book 1. I mean I will still do it, but I wish someone would had trimmed book 2 a little. Still I definitely recommend the book and I’m going to go find book 1 I was given this book by NetGalley for my honest review so thank you!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    The "enemies to lovers" in this one feels very forced. It is 98% just Gemma getting in her own way. And the side characters were not nearly as present. One of the things that made Capture the Crown so compelling was the complexity of the side characters and how all of their desires and plans overlapped and tangled and countered each other; that wasn't as clear here, and instead we got way too much talk of things that were destiny/fate/prophecy, which felt a little lazy. I also stand by the fact t The "enemies to lovers" in this one feels very forced. It is 98% just Gemma getting in her own way. And the side characters were not nearly as present. One of the things that made Capture the Crown so compelling was the complexity of the side characters and how all of their desires and plans overlapped and tangled and countered each other; that wasn't as clear here, and instead we got way too much talk of things that were destiny/fate/prophecy, which felt a little lazy. I also stand by the fact that Estep's biggest strength in this series is fight scenes, particularly melees and groups fighting, but Gemma isn't much of a fighter so when she is involved she really just uses her magic to cheat. And the thing with magic in this series is that it's just generally convenient and not confined to strict rules. Will I still read book three? Yep, absolutely. {Thank you Harper Voyager for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review; all thoughts are my own}

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really enjoyed book 1 - Capture the Crown, and was looking forward to this one. Even though it’s not required, I read the Crown of Shards series since it takes place in the same world and it’s sort of a prequel to this series and having read it, completely boosted my appreciation for the Gargoyle Queen series. I liked seeing the growth Gemma and Leonidas go through from book 1 to the end of book 2. I do have to say that Gemma still annoys me at times but as the story progressed, the annoyance I really enjoyed book 1 - Capture the Crown, and was looking forward to this one. Even though it’s not required, I read the Crown of Shards series since it takes place in the same world and it’s sort of a prequel to this series and having read it, completely boosted my appreciation for the Gargoyle Queen series. I liked seeing the growth Gemma and Leonidas go through from book 1 to the end of book 2. I do have to say that Gemma still annoys me at times but as the story progressed, the annoyance lessened. There’s a lot going on in book 2. Tons of political manipulation going on from every side, even from allies. Revelations about Gemma’s mom and her powers. The latest generation standing up to the old. I would highly suggest reading the Crown of Shards series before the Gargoyle Queen, it’s not necessary but it adds so much to the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This one was so much fun to read, so many political schemes going on in the background and right out in everyone's faces. Everyone knew Queen Maeven was up to something when she invoked a long obscure event, Gemma just had to figure it out while fighting what was going on with the Gauntlet. What made it hard was a part of her wanted what the Guantlet would let her have, but she's been fighting those feelings for so long it was hard to let go. It didn't help that during everything she had reason This one was so much fun to read, so many political schemes going on in the background and right out in everyone's faces. Everyone knew Queen Maeven was up to something when she invoked a long obscure event, Gemma just had to figure it out while fighting what was going on with the Gauntlet. What made it hard was a part of her wanted what the Guantlet would let her have, but she's been fighting those feelings for so long it was hard to let go. It didn't help that during everything she had reason to doubt one of her friends and even called them on it. Things ended in a good way, I liked where Gemma was in her life, like the new additions to it. I just hope she can live in peace and be happy for a while.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber Humphries

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Tear Down the Throne by Jennifer Estep. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for providing an ARC to review. Tear Down the Throne is the second book In the Gargoyle Queen series. Princess Gemma brings all her talents, both as a spy and a magical royal, battling wits with Queen Maeven. Whose son is determined to break barriers and win the hand of the woman he loves The first book of the series wa I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Tear Down the Throne by Jennifer Estep. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon and Harper Voyager for providing an ARC to review. Tear Down the Throne is the second book In the Gargoyle Queen series. Princess Gemma brings all her talents, both as a spy and a magical royal, battling wits with Queen Maeven. Whose son is determined to break barriers and win the hand of the woman he loves The first book of the series was so enjoyable. So I was excited to continue the adventure of Gemma and Leo. Sadly, it didn't hold up to the level I was hoping. Gemma ran hot and cold through, and I wanted to shake her whenever she started bemoaning her feelings. That said, I was happy with the last quarter of the novel and plan to read the third book in the series.

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