The Shadow Queen
By: C.J. Redwine
Released: February 16, 2016
Source: ARC from NYCC
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed The Shadow Queen. It was a captivating and exciting retelling of Snow White.
The Shadow Queen is the story of Lorelai, the princess of Ravenspire, who fled her home as a child after the queen took control of the throne and killed her father. To take back the throne that is rightfully hers, Lorelai must use her own magic to defeat the Queen's powerful magic. Then there is Kol who has suddenly become the king after the death of his father and brother. His kingdom is in danger of an invasion by ogres and he will need magic to stop them. In order to save his people, he makes a deal with the wicked queen of Ravenspire and becomes her huntsman.
Lorelai and Kol were interesting characters. I did wish that they were both developed a bit more thoroughly and that their character growth wasn't so rushed too. I liked Lorelai a lot though and she was a character that I was definitely rooting for from the beginning. She's lost so much, but still manages to keep a positive attitude. Kol has also lost so much, but he wants to put the people in his kingdom first as well. However, I did feel like the relationship between Kol and Lorelai developed a bit too quickly and felt too instantaneous. The evil queen, Irina, was such a great villain though. She was so evil and one of the best villains I've read about in a long time.
The plot itself was paced fairly well. It took some time for me to get into this story because there was a lot to set up, but it picked up after a few chapters. All of the action and magic especially kept things exciting. Snow White isn't one of my favorite stories, but I really enjoyed the different twist that Redwine put on the story. She also created a really interesting and at times, terrifying setting. There is so much of this world left unexplored though and it has certainly made me curious about the rest of the kingdoms.
Overall I really enjoyed The Shadow Queen. I definitely recommend picking this one up if you're a fan of retellings.