Hello! What a wonderful Sunday it is. I got home late in the evening last night, so I was unable to get a post up. This coming week will be a little wonky as I’m getting back into the swing of things after my vacation so bear with me!
I read a lot over my break so get excited for a lot of new reviews in the weeks to come! I decided this month I would read whatever I felt like instead of setting a schedule or choosing a list. It gets a little boxing in for me, so I’m mixing it up a bit.
As the title so states, I’ll be reviewing The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine which was published in January or February (I can’t remember). Here’s a little what it’s about:
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.
If I had to sum this up in one word it would be enthralling. I couldn’t put this book down! I have read many re-tellings and this one was excellent. (Funny thing is, I haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles yet!)
The story starts off right in the thick of things. It gives you a brief background and then you’re thrown right into the action. The best part of that was how I could instantly connect with the characters and Lorelai. (I’m still not sure if I’m pronouncing it wrong in my head or not.)
Lorelai’s character was well developed as well as Kol’s. I liked how the narration bounced back and forth between the two of them so you understood them both really well. I liked how Lorelai was independent, but always knew her duty was to the crown. She also didn’t let that get in the way of who she was and who she wanted to be. Her strength is something I admired the entire way through.
I read some reviews on Goodreads – I like to feel books out a bit, and I am happy to say that despite the negative ones, this book was really good. I promise this is worth the read.
I love how the magic was interspersed throughout the entire book. It made the novel surreal and fantastical. The dragons!!! They were excellent. I like how Redwine took that element of the old story and spun it into something completely different. The dragon became more… human. (Hahaha I’m so funny.)
One of my favorite parts of the book was the world building. It was so descriptive and the names are gorgeous. I love the map on the endcovers. It helped when other nations nearby were referenced. Everything was well thought out and elaborate that I couldn’t get enough of this world!
I think it’s best that this is a standalone. It doesn’t need to be added to, yet it leaves you guessing a little at the end. I think that’s another one of my favorite parts. There will be a second book set in the same world but in a different kingdom and a new fairy tale. I can’t wait!