Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review: The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J Redwine


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.


         I love retellings and when I saw this book in my local bookstore and read that it was a re-telling of Snow White I immediately grab it and devoured it within a day. There was never a dull moment with this book. It is action and romance pack. Plus the characters were very diverse but they have a strong dynamic with one another. 

           Lorelai is a great character. She is sweet and caring but she can also be very though, intelligent, strong, and analytical. She goes out of her way to help others. And Kol at first is seen as someone who is reckless and has this "I don't care" attitude in him. But when a tragedy struck him, his character grew into this responsible mature young man who has a kingdom to run and like Lorelai he also wants to protect his sibling. Plus he is so fetching. I like the relationship between him and Lorelai. I love their conversations with one another and how they banter with each other but especially how loyal they are to one another. Leo on the other hand is a very fun character to read I love his relationship with his sister, Lorelai. And I am still sad over what happened to him. I also like Trugg. He is funny character to read. He is very loyal to Kol, which I find commendable. I love his dialogues and how he banters with the other characters. I laugh a lot during his scenes, especially when he is teasing Lorelai or Kol.  

            What I also about this is despite it being a retelling of Snow White it has its own uniqueness, which I like such as the dragons. And unlike the original fairy tale, it was the princess who saves the king, which is great because it shows females that they can be strong as well. Also in this novel, we see the perspective of the Queen Irina and how wicked and evil she really is. 
             Lastly, I recommend this book to fantasy readers, Snow White fans, and those who are interested in retellings. If you like the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer I suggest that you give this book a go. 

About the Author: 

C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. 

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