Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

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Title: The Shadow Queen

Author: C.J. Redwine

Series: Ravenspire #1

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Goodreads 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.


I absolutely adored this book!!

I love (am obsessed with) retellings and this is a great one!! 🙂

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most powerful of them all?”

A kick ass Princess, Dragons, a Dragon King, Ogres, Magic, an Evil Witch Stepmother. Seriously what more could you ask for!! A jokester Prince. Bad ass fight scenes. Maybe some love? Well this book has it all.

The Shadow Queen takes an old fairytale, puts some amazing twists in it. Yet still manages to stay true to the original. The Queen is darker, Snow White is more bad ass!

A warrior doesn’t focus on the odds stacked against her. She focuses on her heart, on her will to face the evil in her world and defeat it, and then she finds a way to do it.

The characters were well developed and easy to love. Lorelai is fierce, kind and determined to take her Kingdom back. Kol is the dreamy Dragon King, who of course is gorgeous. He’s determined to make his father proud and save his Kingdom from the Ogres. Through their determination to save their respective kingdoms, Lorelai and Kol are thrown together. What I really enjoyed about this story… No insta-love!!! Yes they were attracted to each other. But they are both focused on saving their Kingdoms.

The minor characters in this book really make the story! My favourite would have to be Sasha, Lorelai’s ‘pet’ bird and Kol’s dragon friends, Trugg and Jyn. They are loyal, hilarious and just fun to read about.

That brings us to the Evil Witch Stepmother, Irina, who is intent on ruling the Kingdom that was ‘stolen’ from under her. I loved seeing Irina’s POV, what drove her to use dark magic and why she chose the Kingdom she did. She is a dark and complex character that I hated and felt pity for at the same time. Seeing what had driven her to her actions really makes you feel for her, but then you hate her because she really just is the evilest witch around, haha.

The author has developed an amazing world within this book. This was definitely a crazy ride, that was hard to put down! This book is fresh, fun and fascinating. I honestly can not wait to see what is next in this series.

“He stared at the way her skin glowed in the moonlight and admitted that, skies help him, he was drawn to her in ways he couldn’t think about while she was awake and inside his head. There was nothing casual or ordinary about Lorelai, and there was nothing casual or ordinary about the way she made him feel. She was iron and fire, a warrior’s spirit with a lion’s heart”


The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2)

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

Expected publication: February 14th 2017



About the author…

C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at






20 thoughts on “Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

  1. Five pandas 🐼 ! I’m looking forward to this!
    Umm, SocialBookCo isn’t working for me…am I supposed to pick one of the books first? Or do they contact me? Bc I have a list of books on there but I haven’t heard from them (this one is on there). Did you have to review one of their default books first?

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  2. Fantastic review! It really does sound like it has absolutely everything one could ask for. Retellings sure are ruling the YA world nowadays, aren’t they? 😀 I’m glad to hear you really enjoyed this one. Seeing that the sequel will be inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin sounds very promising too! 😛

    – Lashaan


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