The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) by C.J. Redwine

Synopsis

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.


Review

The Shadow Queen is the beautiful  retelling of Snow White with a twist.

The book begins with a “once upon a time” backstory that very quickly explains how the evil Queen Irina came to rule Ravenspire by killing the king and how Princess Lorelai and her brother prince leo  became Fugitives. The story then juumps forward to pick the story up 9 years later.

Lorelai has seen what has become of her kingdom and she is determined to take it back. She hasn’t forgotten about her people who are suffering under Irina’s reign. With her brother prince Leo, and Gabril help her to steal food, to the starving people of Ravenspire.

Then there is our huntsman another  Prince Kol, the second born prince of Eldr. The kingdom is experiencing an invasion of ogres that their own army can’t defeat. When Kol’s father, mother and brother are killed the kingdomfalls to Kol. Left with no choice Kol decides to go to Ravenspire in an attempt to solve the ogre invasion by asking Irina for help. But nothing comes for free and what Irina wants in return leads to Kol becoming the huntsman. She wants Kol to find Lorelai and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

When Lorelai  and Kol’s path cross there worlds will be changed forever.

If you are a fan of fairy tale retellings or just really love Snow White, you will enjoy The Shadow Queen.

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