Title: The Shadow Queen
Author: C. J. Redwine
Date Started: October 10
Date Finished: October 12
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Well, that was pretty much one of the best retellings of Snow White that I’ve ever read or seen (and mind you, I still need to read Winter – shush, no judgement I’m getting to it). Once I got over the fact that this version of Snow White’s name was Lorelai – and her last name was not Gilmore – and that she had magic, this story was very easy to fall into. Irina was the perfect evil stepmother and her intentions almost reminded me of Charlize Theron’s version in Snow White and the Huntsman. In fact, every time Irina talked I pictured Charlize saying the words. I loved Lorelai’s brother Leo, he was perfect. I also loved Kol to death. In fact, that whole twist on the huntsman thing with the dragons and Irina controlling him through his heart, was actually quite inspired.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I could go on forever about how much I loved this retelling, but I’m going to try not to spoil it all. Everything was wonderfully done. To the characters and the descriptions of the land. To the interesting way that magic is used in Ravenspire. I’m curious to see what the next book has in store.
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