The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

ShadowQueenTitle: The Shadow Queen

Author: C.J. Redwine

Publisher: Balzer &  Bray

Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

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.


Holy frickin crap. I knew I loved this author from the first moment I read her Defiance series. This book is better than that series.  I don’t know where this depth of imagination came from, but I want more. And guys, GUYS. We get more!!! The Ravenspire series is going to be “a series of stand alone companion novels, each an epic fantasy fairy tale retelling set in adjoining kingdoms.” Stand alone novels? CHECK!

Epic Fantasy? CHECK

Retelling? CHECK!


So what made this novel so wonderful are the characters. Each of them feel separate and distinct from the main character. There are no Mary-Sue’s here. These are flawed individuals who are doing the best with what they’ve been given.

Lorelai is one strong lady and she never falters. Not really. Not when it counts, even when she has lost everything. Kol was handed an unbelievable burden, and his life of carefree whimsy came crashing down around him. Both of these people handled these challenges with maturity and grace, and far better than I think I would have. This book was full of action from beginning to end, and it sucked me in. Even Irina as the villain still drew me in, and while I understood her motivations, I certainly didn’t agree with them. If you like Fantasy this is the book for you, because quite frankly the storytelling is beyond thrilling and imaginative. It is a masterful and visionary work, and I’ve never been so happy to have an entire story wrapped up in one book. A full 5 out of 5 stars.




**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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