The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine | Book Review #111


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 went into this story not really knowing anything, and that’s probably why I enjoyed it as much as I did. The Shadow Queen has a lot of things a girl could ask for: dragons, magic, evil queens, and retribution. However….


The Shadow Queen has a very strong beginning. No joke. The story starts off as an fairy tale and fairy tale retelling should: with “Once upon a time . . .” the story itself goes onto tell what the beginning of Lorelai’s life was like before her world was changed upside down.

I laughed so many times during this book, friends. I’m not even joking about that. I love when a book can make me laugh. There were actually quite a few times that I laughed uncontrollably because a certain scene was just so funny to me. Aside from The Shadow Queen being funny, and playful, there are many other emotions in this book. There’s agony, and anger, and sadness mixed in with grief. These characters go through so much.

In The Shadow Queen, I thought there would only be one point of view. But then there were two, and I was happy with that, because I liked the two characters’ views I was reading from. They are very entertaining and are very caring. Then a third point of view was introduced, and that’s when the story started going downhill for me. It always bothers me when there’s a point of view that just seem like it doesn’t belong. In The Shadow Queen though, this point of view was important to the story — and I understand that. This point of view was so imperative to how the story would play out, and while I didn’t particularly like this person’s view of things, I’m super, super glad that there were only a few chapters for this person.

Lorelai is the kind of character who assess  everything around her, and looks for ways to use her surroundings to her advantage. Lorelai is strong hearted, fights like a warrior, and is very, very smart. She’s cunning, and very powerful in her own right. The words that come to my mind don’t even begin to describe Lorelai. Lorelai is a person who sticks to her word.

Kol is a prankster, and loves to fool around and joke. With that, he’s a natural leader. He, too, cares for his people and once he has his mind set on something, there’s no stopping him.

As separate people they’re great individuals. Together the two bring a pretty mighty strong-suit.

If this review wasn’t enough to persuade you to read this book then here’s my last resort. The Shadow Queen has dragon’s! And Magic! Some heartwarming romance! An evil queen and a princess who is the rightful queen. Who is just (knows her morals) and whose kind, and doesn’t want to hurt anyone.

The Shadow Queen really pulled at my heartstrings. If you’re not sure about buying this book, remember that there’s always the option of borrowing this book from a library!! Or a friend who may have this!

That’s all for my review of The Shadow Queen!

Thank you for reading!

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