{Bee Reviews} The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Posted February 9, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 18 Comments

{Bee Reviews} The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen


by C.J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #1
Published on February 16th 2016
by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: The Wish Granter, The Shadow Queen

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

5 Stars

Another great retelling and yet another badass heroine. Can’t ever get enough of that, seriously. Keep ’em coming! The Shadow Queen is full of great world-building, characters you can’t help but love (unless it’s Irina), magic, action, romance and more!

Lorelai is the crown princess of Ravenspire and a fugitive in her own land after the wicked queen took both the throne and her father. Now she’s on the run with her brother Leo and their guard Gabril. In order to take back the throne, Lorelai needs to use the only weapon they have in common, their magic. And Lorelai needs to be stronger if she wants to beat Irina. In the neighboring kindom Eldr, Prince Kol suddenly becomes the king when his parents and older brother die in the war with the magic-wielding ogres. If he wants to save his kingdom he’ll need magic to do so. Their paths cross when he desperately strikes a deal with Irina, promising her to bring Lorelai’s heart in exchange for her help in winning the war.

Gabril’s voice was strong and sure. “I believe in you, and I’ve fought for you, because in a world full of people who crumble before an evil too terrifying to comprehend, you put up your fists and fight.”
Gabril ~ eARC p. 125

This was a fantastic retelling of Snow White! C.J. Redwine took the original fairy tale and gave it her own unique spin. I’ve seen the Disney movie a couple of times now and yes, it’s a classic, but it’s also quite boring. It’s just a standard fairy tale and very predictable because of that. Snow White herself was a bit dull too, to be honest. She didn’t really DO anything. She’s very passive and in the end she gets poisoned by that stupid apple and a prince has to save her. This version was anything but boring. First we have great world-building with a unique sort of magic. You see, Irina and Lorelai’s mother are from a neighboring kingdom called Morcant and they were Mardushka’s. Mardushka’s can subdue the heart of any living thing either by force or with permission. That makes all the action scenes really captivating because I never knew how Lorelai or Irina were going to use their powers. And no fight is the same, they’re all unique. Then there’s fantastic writing that kept me engaged from the first page to the last. Like I already said, there’s a lot of great action and yes, twists that broke my heart. One in particular around the 40% point had me screaming in protest. Honestly, my poor heart couldn’t handle the feels. I could give a bunch of quotes for this, but honestly, I want you all to discover it for yourselves!

“Don’t let the bad leg fool you, son. If you hurt my princess, I will be the nightmare you never see coming.”
Gabril ~ eARC p. 136

Of course there’s also the characters, which I just loved. I loved them all. They were all unique, well-developed and it was very easy to get invested in their lives. Gabril was awesome and I just couldn’t make a review without using two quotes from him. He’s so loyal to Lorelai and Leo and is willing to give his life to protect them. Jyn and Trugg, Kol’s friends, were fun and badass. I mean, they’re basically dragons. They’re Draconi’s, I think everyone in Kol’s kingdom is. They have two hearts, a dragon heart and a human heart and when they give control to the dragon heart, they can shift into dragons. Honestly, do I really have to explain why that is badass? Leo, Lorelai’s brother, was my favorite character ever! I loved him instantly and I still do. He’s funny, sweet, protective, smart,… I loved his bond with Lorelai. I love a great sibling relationship in general really. Kol, poor, strong and brave Kol. He had the weight of the world on his shoulders in this book. He’s brave, strong, kind, stubborn, loyal,… Same with Lorelai. She’s such a badass. There were plenty of times where, if it were me in her place, I would’ve just crawled into a corner to cry. She didn’t. She kept fighting for her kingdom. Honestly, how can you not root for both of them. Plus their romance was very sweet. I loved how the story ended and I’m eager to discover more about this world!

Lorelai smirked at Leo, who raised a brow and then glared up at the sky. “The two of you are conspiring against me again, aren’t you?”
“She just wants to share her lunch with you.”
Leo blanched. “Last time she shared, I got a face full of rabbit guts from above. Tell your bird to keep her victims to herself.”
Leo & Lorelai ~ eARC, p. 21

The Shadow Queen was thrilling, action-packed, full of magic and romance and great characters. Recommended to fans of YA Fantasy and Fairy Tale Retellings!

Bee

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18 responses to “{Bee Reviews} The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

  1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence
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    This sounds fantastic Bee! I love retellings that really add thier own twists and the characters sound like they’re really fascinating too, especially with dragons! Kol sounds so lovely and I can’t wait to get to know Lorelai. Lovely review!

  2. This sounds like a great book! I absolutely ADORE fairy tale retellings, and the heroine sounds awesome 🙂 Can’t wait to read it- but I’m not sure if it’s just me, but does anyone else feel that the official summary sounds a bit cliché?

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