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.
Review: 4.5 Stars
This is a book that has been at the top of my wish-list since Christmas, so I had pretty high expectations for this book and I am so pleased that it didn’t disappoint. The Shadow Queen is a fast paced story set in a fascinating world and filled with great characters. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. I have read a lot of re-tellings and books influenced by mythology, but this one is probably my favorite out of all of them.
Right away this book shocked me with its fast pace. Things happened very quickly and The Shadow Queen took off right away. While the plot was based off of Snow White, the story remained original with a whole new cast of characters whose actions were much different than from what I remembered of Snow White. This was more of a huntsman story rather than a Disney version with seven dwarves, but I found that to be way more enjoyable as it made for a much darker tale.
Lorelai made for a badass Snow White. She was fierce, powerful, loyal and extremely determined. I absolutely loved her. Kol was also an interesting character to read about. He was a bit less serious than Lorelai and offered a bit of levity to the story. While the romance was a bit like insta-love, this was a fairy tale re-telling, so it was fitting. While Irina made for a great evil queen and I was impressed with how dark some of her magic was, I would have liked a little bit more depth to her as a villain.
The Shadow Queen is a super fast paced re-telling of Snow White that is filled with lovable characters. I also really loved the world that it was set in and can’t wait to see more of it. When I first picked this book up I thought the entire series was about the same characters, but actually each book can be read as a stand alone. They are each re-tellings of fairy tales set in the same world. After finishing this book I find that design of the series to be fitting and can’t wait to read C.J. Redwine’s dark twists on some of the tales that I know and love.