The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine


*I read this January 2017. I reviewed it in April. I read it as a paperback. As always, this is my honest opinion.

I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings. Scratch that, I’m a sucker for any kind of retelling. However, I am not a fan of Snow White (at all), so I was hesitant to go into this one, but seriously enjoyed it.


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

This is a retelling, so obviously, the plot is pretty predictable. It’s a story we’ve all heard and seen before (except, maybe me, because I’m not sure I’ve been able to sit through the whole Snow White and the Seven Dwarves movie), and yet, the story it tells feels different and new. This book is charming in the fairytale sort of way.

I loved Lorelai and Leo and their fight. I loved Kol and his dragon powers (although, that was a bit weird to begin with…like they turn into dragons…okay). The evil queen was so much fun.

Overall, this book was fun to read. It’s not dark and edgy like some other fantasy retellings, and sometimes, you just want to have fun while you read. This is that kind of book. No angst or pain and suffering, just a lot of fun.



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