Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) “You need to trust that I know what I’m doing.” Her voice was firm. “If you can’t trust me in this, how can you trust me to face Irina or rule an entire kingdom?”

There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, I just didn’t enjoy it.

I felt quite sorry for both Kol and Lorelai in this story, both were put in difficult positions, and both had to try and make hard decisions for the good of their people.

The storyline in this was about Lorelai trying to find a way to defeat the evil queen and take her kingdom back, and about Kol trying to save his own people by asking the evil queen for help. I just found the story to be really slow though, and for me it dragged and dragged. I think this was probably a case of wrong person, wrong book, but I just didn’t enjoy the book much at all.

The ending to this was a happily ever after, and it was a satisfying ending, I just wish I had enjoyed getting there more than I did.

5 out of 10

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