WARNING: This post does contain spoilers, but I will specify before I mention them.
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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.
Okay, for starters I LOVED Redwine’s book Defiance. (I’d rather not talk about Deception and Deliverance) So when I found out Redwine had released another series I excited, and even more excited that it was a retelling of Snow White. I loved the characters in this book. I loved how brave and brilliant Lorelai was, I loved how loyal Kol was to his friends and Lorelai, and I loved how witty and funny Leo was. I also loved the way Redwine executed this book. I loved the tale of different kingdoms, and the Draconi warriors. I loved how the fairytale world fit so nicely with the story, and I didn’t feel like I was reading a children’s book.
This next bit will contain spoilers!!
So, I gave The Shadow Queen five stars, but there were only two things I didn’t really like, and they’re pretty minor. I didn’t like how early Leo died in the book! That part honestly made me so sad. Throughout the entire rest of the book I kept thinking, “No this is fine. Leo isn’t really dead. He’ll come back and everything will be fine. This is fine.” (Another spoiler: It wasn’t fine) I thought it was weird how attached I was to Leo even though he died fairly early, and I wish he would’ve been able to help Lorelai take back the throne.
The other part that I didn’t really like was that Kol and Lorelai didn’t really get to be together. I understand that Kol has to look over Eldr and Lorelai Ravenspire, but I still wished that they would be able to work something out.
So that is all I have to say about The Shadow Queen! Overall it was a great book and I’m glad I’ve read it. I will not be reading The Wish Granter quite yet, because I discovered that it doesn’t involve the same characters, and I’m not sure if I can return to that world without Lorelai and Kol right now. So instead I’ve started Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! If you have any opinions on either of these books let me know in the comments!