- Series: Ravenspire (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062360248
- ISBN-13: 978-0062360243
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire) Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—An action-packed retelling of "Snow White" with elements of horror and romance. Princess Lorelei fled the Ravenspire castle nine years ago, when her stepmother Irina used dark magic to kill her father and enslave the court. Now the 17-year-old and her younger brother live in hiding, coming out only in disguise to raid royal food storehouses and feed her country's starving people. This princess is smart, a skilled fighter, and a powerful magic user herself, and she has a long-range plan: gain the people's favor and topple the usurper queen. In a parallel plot, teenage king Kol travels to Ravenspire to beg Irina to save nearby country Eldr from invading ogres. In return for her help, the wicked queen compels Kol to hunt down Lorelei and bring back her heart. As the teens' stories come together, the outcome affects both countries. There are some truly cinematic moments here: predatory vines with eyeless heads, Lorelei sprinting up the sides of buildings, and Irina imprisoning an elderly noblewoman inside a tree and forcing her to choke out poisoned apples hour after hour. Kol's Eldrian people can change into dragons, and this novel finally answers the question of where shape-shifters put their clothes while in animal form (dragon-size backpacks!). In a refreshing departure from the original, when Kol inevitably falls in love with Lorelei, it's for her strength and selflessness rather than her beauty. VERDICT Great fun, and a first purchase where dark fantasy or fairy tale retellings are popular.—Beth Wright Redford, Richmond Elementary School Library, VT
“Forget everything you think you know about Snow White. There are no shrinking violets here, just a bold and cunning princess determined to save a kingdom that’s rotting beneath dark magic…. A gripping addition to the retelling genre.” (Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles)
“With poison, fire, and deadly deeds, this tale is hard to put down and even harder to forget. I’ll never look at apples the same way again!” (Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of the Study series)
“A perfect addition to the fractured fairy[tale] genre…the princess does not need any saving in this tale.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Magic, dragons, and royalty in hiding: The Shadow Queen hits all the right notes of an incredible epic fantasy.” (Jodi Meadows, author of the Orphan Queen duology)
“Filled with complex characters, imaginative and horrible consequences, and sharp twists (Booklist)
“An action-packed retelling of “Snow White”...Great fun” (School Library Journal)
“A fully imagined fairy tale landscape.” (Publishers Weekly)
Praise for DELIVERANCE: “A sharp new epic” (Booklist)
Praise for DECEPTION: “An engaging fantasy” (Booklist)
Praise for DEFIANCE: “A well-paced, heart-wrenching tale of loyalty, courage, and love.” (Romantic Times)
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In this retelling of Snow White and The Huntsman we follow Princess Lorelai in the role of Snow White. She’s no damsel in distress though, when she fled her wicked stepmother, she took to learning to fight and defend herself.
The huntsman in this story is Prince Kol. He’s from a neighboring kingdom of dragon shifters and desperate to save his kingdom from the invading ogre army. So desperate he’d do anything, including making a deal with the evil queen. A deal that goes very wrong.
I loved the chemistry between Lorelai and Kol. On their own they’re great, both strong and willing to do anything for their people. But together? *Swoon* Their relationship had a few plot twists that kept things from getting boring.
I loved the magic in this book. The incantations were really interesting and the powers Lorelai and Queen Irina possessed were really cool. Especially Irina’s apples! And everything, including the rivers, trees, and earth, having a ‘heart’ for their magic to call upon for assistance. The authors choice to make Kol from a dragon shifter people was also especially awesome and as soon as I read that I knew I’d be hooked on the story.
There was never a dull moment in this book and I was eager to keep reading (or listening to my Kindle read the book aloud to me at work!)
I think those who love fairy tale retellings will appreciate this rendition. It had all of the staples of Snow White—evil witch, runaway princess, magic, apples, handsome prince, huntsman, hearts—but with the authors own unique magic twists. Plus there are dragon people. How cool is that?
Go buy this book now and read it. Seriously.
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 2016 (Feb 16)
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retellings
**I received a copy of this book free from SocialBookCo in exchange for an honest review**
This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page
First of all, I am a big fan of the concept behind SocialBookCo. If you haven’t heard of it, bloggers can receive a book for review and then others can buy the book cheaper than most places! I love it! And they sent me a beautiful copy of The Shadow Queen, a book I’ve been dying to read for months now.
I should have posted the review days ago, but you all by now know about my move and all the packing I’ve been doing.
Can we take a moment and enjoy this breathtaking cover from Redwine?
That’s the one positive about physical books…you get to touch them and own them and share them on your Bookstagram!
So beautiful. #coverlove.
Anyway, let me tell you about the first book in the Ravenspire world (though with the black apple, you can imagine that it’s a retelling for Snow White right off the bat…and I love me a good retelling!):
Lorelai Diederich, the daughter of the king, has had her world shattered. Her stepmother Irina, her mother’s sister, remarried after Lorelei’s mother died. Unfortunately for her, it was to her own father, the King of Ravenspire. Irina is a mardushka, someone who is in touch with magic, and as Lorelai grows up, she sees the twisted way Irina uses her powers to control the citizens, as well as her own father and brother.
When she tries with her own magic to oust Irina and expose her for her dark ways, she loses her father and must take her younger brother and flee.
She hides for the next ten years, planning with her brother Leo a way to retake the throne that rightfully belongs to her.
Kol is a dragon shifter from the kingdom of Eldr. He finds himself facing ogres that are much more powerful than the dragon powers Kol and his people share. He needs help. He needs a mardushka. And the only mardushka he knows that it powerful enough is Queen Irina, a Queen he does not know is actually a usurper to the crown. And not a nice one.
When Kol goes to Irina for help, she agrees with a blood oath: she will take care of the ogres…as long as he takes care of Lorelai. He will become her huntsman though he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. But he needs to say Eldr and its people.
However, Lorelai is different than he expected: she’s strong and sure and the rightful heir of Ravenspire. He doesn’t want to hurt Lorelai.
But soon he realizes he may not have a choice anymore.
Lorelai must deal with loss, magic, and the crumbling decay of her land…as well as a dragon hunter who needs something she isn’t really willing to give him: her heart.
But he may unintentionally already own it.
And unfortunately for Lorelai, Irina is powerful, vengeful, and will do anything to keep what she believes is her rightful throne.
At least she’s determined. Right?
Is It Classroom-Appropriate?
Yes, this is a perfect and fun example of a retelling done well. It’s similar but different enough from Snow White. It has a dynamic of good vs evil, but we also get to see Irina’s POV, and see into the heart and mind of an “evil” Queen…or is she just misunderstood? Lots of discussion with this: compare and contrast, the fantasy elements…and there’s plenty of action for the male readers who aren’t really fairy tale readers. We have Kol’s POV so we can see how this “huntsman” thinks.
There is a lot of repetition, which pushes the point: when Kol is being controlled, he keeps repeating he is “fire, blood, and death.” This line is repeated and the emphasis is important. I can see bringing this into a fairy tale lesson plan. And I’m glad I have a copy I can use for classroom use!
Lexile.com has a suggested age range of 11-13, but I find that very narrow. It’s practically suggesting The Shadow Queen is a MG book. I say yes, it could be used for that purpose and age level, but I also think it has literary merit through 17 (and up of course). The score is 920L, which means that there is no HL designation…and that also means that it’s not inappropriate for younger readers. The score is similar to Harry Potter’s Lexile score of 880L, and Lexile suggested an age range for Sorcerer’s Stone at 9-17! So my determination would be this is a good read for those as young as 11, and through and surpassing 17 years old.
This book moves quickly though is over 300 pages. There is never a dull moment. I enjoyed it and cannot wait to read The Wish Granter, Redwine’s next book in the Ravenspire world. I see other books as well because thr map is quite detailed and there seems to be a whole world waiting to be addressed.
So I can see the Ravenspire novels lasting awhile. And I’m excited to continue the journey with Redwine!
I give The Shadow Queen ★★★★★. I would give it 4.5, but there are no half stars in the current rating Universe. I would rather round up on this one rather than down bc of the creative narrative and the wonderful plot just reminiscent of Snow White.
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Don’t forget to check out The Wish Granter, the next book in the Ravenspire series!**
**This one is based on Rumplestiltskin! Ahhhh!
The Shadow Queen is the retelling of Snow White and while it has all the basics that make it a more traditional fairy tale and has all the concepts of Snow White it also has a nice spin to the traditional story that makes it also seem modern and a refreshingly new story.
You know how the traditional story goes, there is a princess in a castle (Lorealai), a queen who died and left the king a widower and the evil witch (Irina) who marries the king, kills the king and takes the throne. The princess escapes, lives in the forest, huntsman (Kol) comes for her, she defeats the witch and finally gets her throne back. We have all this and more.
Redwine has created a complicated magical world that is beautiful, intriguing and deadly. In this world there are several neighboring kingdoms, some kingdoms have witches (one guess where Irina is from), others have the fae and there is even one with dragon-shifters, in fact the huntsman is an dragon-shifter who needs help to save his own kingdom.
The princess is also a witch (a mardushka) and she fights to help her people and when I say fight I mean fight. She has honed herself to be in physical condition so she can steal from the queen and give to the people in need. She is one hell of a warrior who is constantly planning coming up with strategies to help her people and take back her throne. And beside her is her little brother Leo and Gabril a trusted knight that had helped Lorealai and Leo flee the castle the night the queen killed their father, who raised the children as his own and helps them get stronger everyday so that they can defeat the queen.
I love the magic in this book, it is such a huge part of the story right a long with the action, adventure, romance. There is also betrayal and murder, I mean there's a body count that would put the movie John Wick to shame, yeah Irina is that evil. This is an intricate and complicated world that Redwine has created. The details that went into this story that makes this story seem familiar and new at the same time.
The Shadow Queen is everything I could have wished for and so much more. This book is the first in a series, up next in the series is the Wish Granter and I most defiantly will be purchasing it. The third book in the series is coming out soon and I believe it is called Broken Prince I will be getting that as well. I can't tell you how CJ Redwine did it but she is a fabulous author and I highly suggest that you pickup this book, it's now one of my favorites.