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 neighbouring 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 love fairy-tale retellings. However, it can be hard to find good ones. The Shadow Queen is definitely a good one. This loose retelling of Snow White has gripping action, creepy villains and lovable heroes, which ensure a thrilling read.
Firstly the writing of Redwine is superb. She really delivers a page- turning read. Never did I feel bored or like I was just skimming pages. I really felt immersed in the story and it still felt original even though it was a retelling.
This book had some truly dark and creepy moments but provided the perfect balance for me as I love the slightly more sinister touches like the use of blackened apples and the enchantment of vines.
The characters were all interesting and I liked the heroine Lorelai. She is both brave and smart: she’s kind and sincere but isn’t naïve about the task ahead of her and the threat that the main villain, Irina, poses.
Kol, the other main character really goes through a significant character journey, which I enjoyed reading. He’s funny and honourable and noble and honestly a little sassy which is great. He is the perfect companion character to Lorelai’s sometimes more serious nature and I loved their story together.
There is romance which sometimes I’m adverse to if it’s done poorly however there is no insta-love here and the relationship blossoms over time and trails which is exactly what I’m looking for in a book.
Overall this is a really sastifying take on the story of Snow White and definetly worth a read. I’m excited for other additions to the series however i’m hoping they will be companion novels set within the same universe but with different characters as the story to this book was wrapped up quite nicely to be honest.