The Shadow Queen by: C.J. Redwine

Summary

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

The Review

I actually liked this book. It does seem a little biased, because I love fairy tale retelling, and this was a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, without the dwarfs. While this premise is almost the small as other high fantasy premises I did enjoy it.

Lorelai, is a good character. I liked her relationships with her brother; Leo, Gabriel and Sasha, her bird. I also like her relationship with Kol. While it was almost the insta-love you see in most YA novels there was at least a chance for them to build a bond between them and you actually cared about what happened to them. The romance didn’t distract us from the actual plot

Irina, the evil Queen was a great villain, sort of like Regina from Once Upon a Time and Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones. I would have liked to see a bit more development from her though.

While the story was great and compelling for beginning to end, I think some parts were a bit rushed and I would have liked to have some moments for the story to slow down so I could catch up with what it going on. It did a good job at retelling the story of Snow White, with a twist. I also would have liked some of the side characters to have some development, and since I think this is an ongoing series than maybe we could see some more development.

Also I felt the world building was okay. I would have liked to have seen other kingdoms, but hopefully future books will further develop them.

I think this book was great, and I really enjoyed. Hopefully some of the problems can be fixed in future books, which I will be excited about reading.

Grade: 3.3/5

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4 thoughts on “The Shadow Queen by: C.J. Redwine

  1. I’m always a bit wary of re-tellings—sometimes because I’m not a huge fan of the original tales—but ever since watching OUAT, I’ve become more open-minded. I’m yet to read a re-telling (unless ACOTAR counts; sort of compared to Beauty and the Beast, which I abandoned sadly), but I think I’d give this one a try too. Stunning cover.

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