**Awesome Blog** The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)

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Title:  The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) 

Author: C.J. Redwine

Published Date: February 16th 2016

Genre:  YA Fantasy


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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.

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***Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial’s  Review***
The Shadow Queen is a dark and twisted retelling of the fairy tale Snow White, and I LOVED IT!  It’s perfect for middle-grade tweens, young adults and “new” young adults (ahem) like myself.
In this retelling, the part of the evil queen is Queen Irina who is the aunt and stepmother of Princess Lorelai.  Irina is pure evil and a magic wielder called a Mardushka.  She uses power words to evoke spells from a living thing or a person’s core. She has also used her vast knowledge and power to hold the kingdom once beloved by Lorelai’s parents. 
For all that Irina knows of the world, she doesn’t know two things.  One that Lorelei survived the attack on the castle nine years ago and that Lorelai’s powers as a Mardushka has grown ten folds!!!  With the help of her father’s most trusted captain and her brother, Lorelai plans on taking back her kingdom.  What she didn’t plan on was a Dragon-Shifter King from Elder with two hearts worth their weight in gold. Queen Irina has made a twisted pact with the King of Elder to save his Kingdom to her benefit, but she also was in for a shock!
The Queen of Shadows is excellent and gives you the twists and turns a reader craves in a fairy tale.  You will NOT be disappointed.  The main characters and the secondary characters come alive with each word you read. I wasn’t disappointed at all in this magical rendition.
5 Stars and a tip of my Nerd Girl hat.


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