Review: ‘The Shadow Queen’ by C.J. Redwine

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Shadow Queen’ by C.J. RedwineThe Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 16th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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.

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This one was a pretty great read! Although the bad thing about retellings is that my mind ends up comparing it to the original story and that’s completely unfair. This is mostly like Snow White and the Huntsman and all I could picture were the cast from the movie lol sooo that probably spoiled some enjoyment from my reading.

I liked it enough, especially with how strong our main character is. She is fierce and loyal and brave..a real positive role model. I love that she does the rescuing so much. Also the magic is downright terrific. Each spell cast had a saying and I didn’t know it was at the back until the end, but it was a nice added bonus.

There were certain parts like the mental dialogue that bored me a little or the convos with her pet. Also some of the romance was a bit too cheesy for me, but overall, a great retelling fantasy with a certain spin on the classic that will get refers clamouring for more. I know there was an excerpt in the back of the book but I’m not sure if it’s a sequel or a companion because this ends like a stand-a-lone so I was a little confused. Also can I say I love this cover? Pretty much why I picked it up in the first place on Edelweiss and it’s by C.J. Redwine 🙂

book quotes

Never assume that because you sometimes share my bed, you also share my throne.
A warrior doesn’t focus on the odds stacked against her. She focuses on her heart, on her will to face the evil in her world and defeat it, and then she finds a way to do it.
You don’t need magic to be loved.

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