Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (30): THE SHADOW QUEEN

WoW is a weekly  meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!

Author: C.J. Redwine
Series: Ravenspire #1
Release date: February 23, 2016

Summary: 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. 

Thoughts: THAT COVER. *drools* But in all seriousness, this is obviously a Snow White retelling, but the fantasy setting and the way the tale is twisted feels so original. And come on, who doesn't love a sexy huntsman? (Chris Hemsworth and Jamie Dornan both come to mind.) I've been on kind of a fantasy slump lately, but it's looking like early 2016 is going to bring up a breath of fresh air in the genre. I haven't read C.J. Redwine's Defiance series yet, but this one is definitely peaking my interest!

Tell me: what are YOU waiting on this Wednesday? Does my choice sound interesting to you? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Oh.. yes. That cover is gorgeous! I'm really enjoying fairytale retellings lately (Sarah J Maas, Marissa Meyer etc,) and from the cover alone let alone the blurb - The Shadow Queen is going on my to-read list. Can't wait for it to be released! Great choice.

    Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

    1. Agreed! I just did a Top Ten Tuesday about fairy tales I would like to see retellings of, and I got some great recommendations for more in the comments. So when I saw this, I immediately knew I had to read it! Thanks!