The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

the shadow queen

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. (Goodreads)

I love fairytales and retellings are also pretty awesome – as long as they are done right. So, obviously, this made my TBR list as soon as I saw it! So, to say that I am disappointed is upsetting. I didn’t really care about the book and I practically dragged my way through it! Albeit putting it down fairly often to do other stuff!!

There was no world building. We are chucked into the author’s imagination with the expectation to understand what is going on and what the author is trying to convey. I didn’t care about Ravenspire or Eldr or the people within it – all because I no idea what I was being thrown into and what was normal.

The same can be said for the characters. I think Leo was the only one I really cared about because he was someone who I could easily relate to and also someone who I could easily imagine being friends with. The rest didn’t even make a dent in my imaginary characters list. I didn’t care a monkey’s fart about what happened to them – they could have been killed and I literally wouldn’t care. There was no depth to any of the characters. There was also no noticeable difference between the characters even with the swapping of POV’s. In short, they were boring.

I am hoping the the rest of the books in this series of short stories will be better! This book took forever to read based on the fact that I was just bored. I didn’t care about the land or the characters and I found it way too easy to put this book down – which is just wrong on so many levels!! I gave this book 2/5 stars.