Jaime Reviews ~ The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine

By C.J. Redwine
Published on February 16, 2016
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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.

The Shadow Queen...

 This book was fantastic! It was my first book by this author, but I can guarantee it won't be my last. CJ Redwine knows how to bring a character, a kingdom, to life... and make you fall in love with it all!

 Lorelai has been running for years, making plans to take back the throne from Irina, the mardushka who stole the throne and is poisoning the land with her foul magic. Ravenspire is dying, and it's people, and Lorelai is the only one who can save them. Kol is the new king of Eldr, a position he never expected or wanted. But now he is responsible for Eldr, and desperate to save his people from an invasion of ogres who have somehow gained magic of their own. He and his people may be able to shift in to dragons, but they aren't able to stand up to the ogres. These royals are both getting ready to face the battles of their lives, and they both might not make it to the end.
 Lorelai is a breath of fresh air. She is an incredibly real character. From the beginning of the story, I could understand her every action. I knew and understood her motivations. She was fierce and brave and loyal. She was unsure of herself, but she never gave up. Kol had the position of King thrust at him in the worst possible way, and instead of pitching a fit and fighting it, he decided to do his best for his kingdom. The romance between them is sweet and innocent, but borne of something they both understand. I loved them together from the beginning. There are several other characters that play important roles that deserve a mention, and they are all fantastically written. Gabril and Leo, Trugg and Jyn! Y'all are awesome! 

 Irina is the villain in this story, and she is a dang good one. A lot of times, there is something about the villain that I can relate to. An underlining reason for the thing they have become that I can understand and sympathize with. Not so much with Irina. She became who she was out of pure spite ad jealousy, and I can't sympathize with that. But man, she was a dang good villain!

 The Shadow Queen was just a good book, through and through. The characters are beautifully written, and the world-building was done very well. The use of magic, and how the magic is achieved was an interesting aspect of the story. And the dragons are awesome! Now I can say that I finally understand the CJ Redwine love! What a great story!

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