Title: The Shadow Queen
Author: C.J. Redwine
Genre: Fantasy, Re-tellings, Fairy tale, Romance
Date Read: May 20-25, 2016
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.
Skin as white as snow.
Lips as red as blood.
Hair as black as ebony.
I didn’t need to read other reviews to find that some readers would compare this book to the movie Snow White and the Huntsman featuring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. After all, that movie was by far the best re-telling movie of one of children’s favorite fairy tale, Snow White.
I wouldn’t lie either that there were instances that while I was reading a book, I’d suddenly think, “Oh! Like in that movie..” etc etc.
I get that. Why people would compare the two. Considering they’re both re-tellings of the same fairy tale. Same ol’ brave non-singing snow white, same ol’ honorable huntsman with a kind-heart. And same ol’ evil queen with magical powers that everyone wants to kill but find undeniably beautiful.
But as much as there are similarities with the characters’ personas, there were still a lot of differences between the two. More magic and more dragons! More incantations, more romance and an acrobatic princess! Have I mentioned the dragons? Yes. Tons of dragons!
As much as I love Chris Hemsworth as a hunstman and Charlize Theron as the evil queen, I love the plot from this book much, much more! The characters are just so witty, clever and funny. I love those small hints of sassiness coming from the characters, especially the supporting characters.
Speaking of sassy supporting characters, Trugg is my spirit animal!
“Why does it have to rhyme? Trugg muttered.”
Well, Trugg.. I’ve been asking that same question since I was 5 years old…
Anyway, this book was really addicting and so worth the time. I was so into reading this book that I started reading the incantations out loud my dad started asking, “what the hell are you saying?”
Beats me. They’re catchy.
Anyways, I still wouldn’t compare this to the movie since they’re both good in they’re own way. They deliver that same thrill of fantasy while still holding a tight grip from that Disney fairy tale we’ve been seeing since we were children.
I highly recommend this to people who loves Talon by Julie Kagawa and Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima.
Mostly because they have dragons! And I love those fire-breathing dragons as much as I love eating pizza with a can of cold coca-cola at the middle of the night. And that’s saying a lot.
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