The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

This book was so difficult to read in the beginning, I just couldn’t get into it enough to actually want to read it. I had to stop reading after about 80 or so pages and pick up another book because this book wasn’t doing anything for me in the reading department. I thought I was in a reading slump but it turned out to just be this book. It started to pick up about 125ish pages in and after the 15o page mark it became a really good book.

Goodreads 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.


I wish it hadn’t taken this book 150 pages to get me invested in the story because I was tempted to just stop reading it all together. I didn’t, obviously, and I’m happy that was the case because this book actually turned out to be pretty good (besides the whole slow beginning part).

To me, this book was a pretty decent retelling of Snow White and if retellings aren’t your style of book then this may not be the best read. This is the sort of book that a person reads when they really don’t have anything else of interest (at the time) on their shelf. Don’t get me wrong, though, the ending was great but if your time is limited and you want a book that will pull you in straight away, this book isn’t for you.

To be honest, I read this book a few months ago, wrote half a review and forgot about it till now so I can’t really remember much about the book. I hate when this happens and this normally tells me that the book wasn’t that good or memorable. I think the only time I would recommend this book to a friend would be if they really loved all Snow White retellings and could look past the fact that they may forget the book a few months after reading it.

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