The Shadow Queen
by C.J. Redwine
Book: Ravenspire #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: February 16, 2016
Genre: Young Adult
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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.
My Review: Can you imagine my excitement when I got this ARC?! It was such perfect timing since I just finished reading her Defiance series.
Anywho, I can tell you her writing is just getting more amazing. I was hooked right from the first chapter!
Lorelai was taught magic by the now queen. The queen had used her magic to make the king and guards do what she wanted. So Lorelai used the magic against her. It made her dad see the truth, however, she was not thrilled and killed the king. Now its Lorelai, her brother, and the guy who helped them get out of the castle that day.
Now its been a few years later. Irina is still a wicked queen. But now Lorelai is nearly strong enough take back what is hers and get rid of Irina for good. But as they make their way to her, things aaren’t looking so well for the kingdom. The need for food is stronger than she thought. So bad, that she saw a family die before her. It was then she really couldn’t stand it anymore and moved her plan way up.
You also get to read about Kol. He really just wanted to relax, and got kicked out of another school. But he will deal with his punishment once he is drunk enough. Though what happens is something he never expected.
His parents and brother were killed. And now its just Kol and his sister left. Quickly there is a funeral, and then Kol is crowned king. Things are about to really start moving. Kol gets an idea on how he can take care of his kingdom, and that would mean going into Irina’s kingdom for some help. But that kingdom doesn’t fancy dragons.
You can tell once Kol and Lorelai meet, that things are just going to get even better! The story keeps flowing, you stay glued to the pages right up until the last word!
This has to be my favorite read of the year so far!
The Shadow Queen