February 11, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine
Book one in the series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 16th, 2016
Source: eArc from the publisher through edelweiss
Rating: Evil Love
Synopsis (from goodreads)
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 story is a retelling of Snow White, Lorelei is fugitive, and her father was killed nine years ago by Irina, her step-mother. She’s on the run with her brother Leo and their guard Gabril. Lorelei and Irina are mardushka, they can use magic, Irina use magic for taking control over the Ravenspire people and Lorelei wants to take her land back. The magic can be used for good or evil and Irina doesn’t use it well, and that cost her. Kol is a dragon and his lands are under attacked, he needs a mardushka to help him, he goes to Ravenspire seeking help from Irina, but she will trick him and force him to kill Lorelai.
Lorelei is a character I like a lot, she’s brave, strong and she wants to help her people even if it means die for them. She’s afraid too, she doesn’t know if she’s stronger than Irina and if she can beat her. I like the way she thinks, she analyses everything and make great plans. I also like that when she need to be strong and to order people what to do, she can. I would love to be her if I was a book heroine.
I love this book; the characters are amazing, strong, fierce and so brave. I didn’t know at first that there will be dragons in this book and I love dragons. Kol is very impressive, he’s king but not by choice and he will do everything to protect the people of Eldr, even if it means dying for them. He’s strong, he always fights Irina, he doesn’t want to kill Lorelei, and he wants her help. I love Kol, not only because he’s a dragon but also because he’s strong enough to fight for what’s right even bespelled by a magical queen.
The relation between Kol and Lorelai builds up itself and thorough throughout the book. It’s a beautiful relation based on trust, bravery and love. I love their story and I love the fact that they can ear each other mind.
Irina is a real bad woman, she wants power and uses the lands and the people to have it, and she kills people and destroys the lands. I don’t like her but she’s a great villain and I like great villain.
Redwine has done an amazing job with this retelling; I’m in love with the story, the characters and the world. It’s the first of her book I read and I love it, now I must see her others books because I like her writing style.
More I approached the end, less I read fast because I did not want to finish him. I recommend this book to all the people who love fantasy, retelling and dragons.
There are so many things to say on this book but I’m stopping here and let you read it by yourself. And I definitely will buy it in Hardcover.
“You don’t go into battle because you’re sure of the victory. You go into battle because it’s the right thing to do.”
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. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com
This book is part of the Fairy Retelling Challenge.