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The Shadow Queen

Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Ravenspire Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Publisher's Summary

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and her father's life. 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 of his own - 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.

©2016 C. J. Redwine (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Redwine uses Snow White as a framework to create her own fantasy filled with complex characters, imaginative and horrible consequences, and sharp twists, all of which give this novel a place among other clever, contemporary romantic fantasies." ( Booklist)

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I wish a had read the book.

The story was really good, but it was so hard to get into it over the narrators voice. There was WAY too much... "feeling"? Put into EVERY sentence, which made the sweet, romantic moments sound super cheesy, and the dramatic/action moments sound like they were being made fun of. I had to grimace through most of the story and many times thought of just turning it off and buying the book.

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

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An Excellent Redux

What made the experience of listening to The Shadow Queen the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great! The story was great but the narrator kept the redux from becoming dull and lackluster.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself was amazing. Just when I grew weary of Snow White, AGAIN, C. J. Redwine but a nice little twist into it.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I'm aware of, but I loved listening!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither reactions- it was just a good story. I was surprised another version of Snow White could come out so interesting.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Oh No Another Retelling

This was actually really really good. Right out of the shoot, graphic violence and action in chapter 1!! And it doesn't stop, too much romance and you just want the two livers to hurry up and just do it, but it was really emotionally consumming.

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Loved it from start to finish

I loved how there was one book that told an amazing story from start to finish. This beautiful spin off of snow white had dragons, magic, courage, love, adventure, heartache and triumph. Each character was unique and we'll written.

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trying too hard

great story line, but the relationships between the characters are too.... fake? too much like a nickelodeon show? sappy?

it was alright

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Actually really enjoyed this

Not typically my type of book, but I did enjoy the characters and the twist on the story. Somewhat predictable, yet it manages to surprise you.

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Just an Average Retelling

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Overall, this book was pretty average so the time I spent on it wasn't wasted, but wasn't treasured either.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

While it was a retelling, it lack anything new that makes retellings compelling to read.

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Alright

Alright pretty much sums it up. The narrator was okay and the story was the same. I expected more but it fell short.

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A beach read

It was a fun, easy read. A different take on Snow White that fills in gaps left from the Disney movie I saw as a child. Still. People who turn into dragons, people with magic, people with 2 hearts, people who can't speak when one of their hearts is missing.... If all that makes sense and resonates with you, you will enjoy this book.

I liked it more while reading it than after I had time to think about the things that didn't quite work. A good beach read.

Glad I bought it on sale.

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  • 11-04-19

Enthralling story and telling

I love reimagining of fairytales especially when they build up on a larger world. Most people know the story, evil queen takes over kingdom and goes after Snow White because she feels threatened by her for whatever reason and that obsession leads to evil queens demise. There is a lot of room for development in this basic storyline and this book does a good job at exposing some of these. I really enjoyed the take on the huntsman, though believe there was still room for further development, that sadly doesn’t seem to have a chance to happen because books in the series are intended to be stand alone. In fact, his kingdom’s plight could have been its own book, possibly focusing on the sister of the huntsman. I also felt that there was a missed opportunity with the character of the prince (brother), though he played a particular role, in terms of motivation, he could have been more. Also, there is some allusion to the fact that the princess was very advanced with her magic, and the strength of her power is well explained, but her mastery isn’t. They could have explored that a bit more.

The reason why I love retellings is that most of the classic princesses are docile, sleeping, or helpless and these new stories give a chance to give them depth and voice, be more than victims, and possibly even save themselves. This gave Snow White a real name, power, intelligence, and strength, and it was empowering without a feeling of trying to be, it was a natural narrative and made the character more realistic. It was also some interesting takes on some classic elements, like how they got the poisoned apples. The queen made me think of the Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time, when she too had a moment when she could have picked a different path, and a look at her own internal conflict, though in truth she was a bit flat in comparison to some of the other characters.

The narrator however, really made this exciting. She didn’t just take on characters, she built suspense and excitement, took on the needed tones, and made it possible to get lost in the world of the story. I look forward to reading other books in this series.