Wednesday, 22 January 2020

It's Wednesday! Let's talk books... Hood & Kill The Queen


Happy Wednesday you lovely bookish people!
I've found a new (to me) meme called Shelf Control and It merges beautifully with Can't Wait Wednesday! Celebrating the books already on my bookshelf alongside highlighting the books I'm looking forward to in the future!
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Ooooh, yes! The cover had me on the hook and the blurb reeled me in! 
The wait until June will be a bit annoying but I'm still excited!


You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call.

Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John's ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle's father, Robin Hood.

As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf's clutches and find the father she's never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?

In Hood, author Jenny Elder Moke reimagines the world of Robin Hood in lush, historical detail and imbues her story with more breathless action than has ever come out of Sherwood Forest before. This novel is a must-read for historical-fiction fans, adventure lovers, and reluctant readers alike!

What are you waiting on this week?




Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

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.


I bought the ebook on Amazon last year when it was on sale.


I'm an Urban Fantasy / Fantasy lover, I love history and mythology, and with a description like "Game of Thrones meets Gladiator" I am here for it!

The only reason it hasn't been read already is that I hate waiting and it's part of a series so I've been snapping them up and hoarding them until I could binge. 
Now that I have an arc for book three in the series, I'm kinda backed into a corner and need to read all three by March! 😆

Have you read Kill The Queen? What do you think?

30 comments:

  1. Ooo Hood is new to me but now I feel like I need it too LOL! Great picks!

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  2. Gorgeous cover on Hood!
    Even though I’m not a fantasy reader (even urban fantasy) I’ve been so intrigued by Kill the Queen. I think I’ll wait and let you read and review all three before I decide. LOL

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    1. I can't wait for Hood!
      I've heard nothing but good things about Kill The Queen so I'm looking forward to starting. As per my usual, my mood flipped so I pivoted onto something else instead of start it. *aigh*

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  3. I haven't read them but I'm liking the reviews for Kill The Queen.

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  4. I like when authors extend the original source. Like how Splintered was a continuation of Alice in Wonderland, this is giving us Robin's next generation. Cool concept

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    1. Oooh, I haven't heard of Splintered but I'm intrigued!

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  5. Kill the Queen is on my TBR but who knows when I'll get to it! I'm a bit unsure if it is my kind of thing but I'll give it a try.

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    1. I'm positive it'll be one I'll love but I just need to settle down to read it! :/

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  6. I haven't heard of either of these, but they do sound good! Funny, another author I really like has a Robin Hood retelling coming out this year too.

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    1. I haven't seen other Robin Hood stories so I'm curious about the other one too! Robin Hood is a hidden favourite.

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  7. I haven't heard of Hood but it looks interesting! And I completely understand waiting to read a series until all the books are out!

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  8. Hood sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I haven't read either one. They look good and I love the covers of both of them.

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  10. Hood sounds awesome! I also got Kill the Queen when it was on sale last year. Still need to read it too. I hope we both love it when we get to it. :)

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    1. I've heard only good things so fingers crossed!

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  11. Oh nice! I've been seeing a lot of Hood lately! I feel like we had a rush of Robin Hood retellings. After the one I read didn't go so well, I wasn't really eager to return to Sherwood. Lol. I hope you will love this one once you read it!

    Kill the Queen was really good! I'm hoping to read the final book in this series soon. Maybe 2-3 books? I gotta check my review pile first! LOL!

    Thanks for visiting my WoW!

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    1. I haven't seen many Robin Hood retellings but I'm excited for them! I love that premise!

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  12. I've always wanted to start Kill the Queen, I can't believe book three is already coming out! I hope you love it:-)

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  13. I do that sometimes too--collect a series before starting it so I don't have to wait until the "next" book to come out. :-) I have yet to read Jennifer Estep yet, but she's an author I want to try. Hood really interests me. It sounds like a good one! I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them!

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  14. That Robin Hood retelling sounds fantastic!

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  15. Hood is new to me and sounds really good. Hope you enjoy it! I haven't read Kill the Queen, but I've read other series by the same author and enjoyed them.

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    1. I've yet to read anything by Estep but I hear lots of good things.

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