Friday, 19 February 2016

Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen
by C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
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.

As a big fan of C.J. Redwine's Defiance series, I was eager to get my hands on The Shadow Queen, her latest and first in her Ravenspire series.

"You don't go into battle because you're sure of victory ... you go into battle because it's the right thing to do."

Unfortunately, there isn't much I can divulge about The Shadow Queen without completely being spoilery, so I'll keep it brief. The Shadow Queen was, in no comparison, similar to the Defiance series. Lorelai Diederich was a completely different character than Rachel, and I regrettably felt no connection with her or her quest. Although, with that said, I did enjoy C.J. Redwine's world building and the retelling aspect of The Shadow Queen. However, regrettably, The Shadow Queen failed to leave an impression on me and I unfortunately have little faith I'll pick up it's companion.

Filled with adventure, unique characters, and an exciting new world, I feel The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine is a great book for readers looking for a refreshing adventure. Although it wasn't quite my read, that's no reason you shouldn't give it a try.

3 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Thank you, Wendy, for sharing your thoughts on The Shadow Queen in a positive light despite not loving it completely. Also, for encouraging others to still try it :)

  2. I had issues falling in love with The Shadow Queen, too. Even though I adored her other series, I had issues with this one. Great review, by the way.

  3. Wonderful and brief review

  4. Katherine Pinacho19 February 2016 at 10:41

    The Shadow Queen enticed me with it's cover but I had the same feelings as you did.

  5. Sorry to hear it wasn't what you expected.

  6. I haven't heard great things about this book, so I think I'll skip it....

    Oh, I love that th ending has a twist! How fuN!

  7. I was turned down for a review copy of this one but I still want to read it anyway! I love the fact that there is a big plot twist... surprises always have me happy and shocked when reading :D