The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1)
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 Rating: 5 Stars
For a long time, I stayed away from fairy tale retellings. I guess I just didn't want to see my favorites butchered or messed up in any way. But at the start of the year I decided to try my hand at clean romance that center around princesses, princes, kings, queens, and etc. In order to do that, I had to do some research and that included reading clean romances about royal people and set in the time I thought I would write my story in. This led me to Melanie Dickerson who writes stories loosely based on the classics such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, and a few more. I really enjoyed these books and it opened me up to being willing to read others. Enter The Shadow Queen.
I think I was notified of this book because I get emails for discounted ebooks and this was one of them. This gorgeous cover really pulled me in and the synopsis made me want to read it. I bought it and decided to read it. This is a retelling of Snow White and I really enjoyed it.
The story follows Lorelai Diederich who is an exiled queen after her evil stepmother forced her and her brother to run for their lives. They are on the run with Gabril who was the head of the palace guard and saved the children. Lorelei has been training and running for nine years so she can go up against the Queen Irina and take back what is rightfully hers. She is the only one who can defeat the queen since she also has magic and it is up to her to do what it takes to save Ravenspire which is a land dying because of the strain Irina is putting on it with her magic and in turn the people are suffering.
This book also follows Prince Kol of Eldr who has been thrust into the role of king when his father, older brother, and mother are all killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres. He now has to figure out how to save his country from these ogres and since he doesn't have magic, resorts to going to Ravenspire and asking for Queen Irina's help. She agrees to help him if he will go after Lorelei and bring back her heart. For his country, he is willing to do anything and agrees to the queen's terms.
I loved this book so much. It was so hard to put down. I was falling asleep last night trying to finish it and when I woke up this morning it was the first thing I did even before really checking my phone. I loved the characters and the different points of view so I could get a clear, overall picture of what was going on. I love the authors writing style and how she pulls you into the action and world of the characters. This book was fast paced from the beginning and moved quickly. I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tale retellings as well as a good YA book that has romance, action, and the fate of the world on the shoulders of teenagers.