Today I am reviewing The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine! If you know me, you know I love a good retelling, and I love retellings of Snow White. The reason I enjoy Snow White retellings is that I don’t like the Disney image of Snow White being so helpless and needing a man to save her. I love Once Upon A Time’s version in which Snow White is a badass that can kick ass.
The Shadow Queen tells the story of Lorelai Diederich, a princess with magic in her blood who is on the run from our wicked Queen Irina after she killed Lorelai’s father. Our huntsman is Prince Kol from the neighboring kingdom of Eldr who needs magic from the Queen of Ravenspire to protect his kingdom from Ogres. He makes a deal with Irina, capture and kills Lorelai in exchange for his countries safety.
This book was pretty much a run of the mill fantasy novel. I thought Lorelai’s character was strong and ambitious but she was also too focused on revenge. I liked the development of her relationship with Kol, especially how they keep saving each other.
It was a good read but not anything to sing praises about. I enjoyed the story but was under the impression there would be more books in the series. I did not know it was a standalone novel. There are other books in the Ravenspire series but I do not think any of them relate to this book.
I give this book
See you all next time!
XOX Shelby Grace
I really liked this one, and I started the second one The Wish Granter which is related to The Shadow Queen but not 100%. They just mention it, at least at the beginning.
That’s so cool! Is it also a retelling?
Yes it is. A Rumplestinski retelling (hope I wrote the name right).