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The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire) (vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: C. J. Redwine (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Ravenspire (1)

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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 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.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:NerdyHousewifey
Teoksen nimi:The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire)
Kirjailijat:C. J. Redwine (Tekijä)
Info:Balzer Bray (2016), 400 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:book-bf, kick-ass-females, shifters

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The Shadow Queen (tekijä: C. J. Redwine)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 32) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Loved the world building in this book and from what I know although this is a series, they can be read as stand alone novels. Have to say the Queen is an awesome villain in this one. She's nasty as they come but I love how she's portrayed. (The apples!!!)

Two things I didn't really like much. Leo. That wasn't cool and what was the point in that? Was it to give Lorelai that special push to finally get her to do something about it? I thought he would have made a great addition to the cast as he was the comic/witty relief. Oh well.

Next thing. The romance. Wow. Sappy. Too sweet for my tastes. I would rather have my characters have that nice chemistry and bonding but this just didn't feel right. We knew where it was going but the way it was executed just didn't sit well with the novel. Did Lorelai really need someone though? seriously? she was fine on her own and I liked her personality. Why is it that we need the main character have to have a romance in it? it puts a monkey wrench in quests and distracts from everything. Gets annoying after a while.

I did like Kol though, this idea about a shape shifting race of dragons with two hearts was a clever one. Definitely unique from the other books I have read in the fantasy genre. So well done.

Loved the plot overall. The magic aspect was good and it stayed true to fairy tale elements and characteristics. ( )
  sensitivemuse | Jan 31, 2021 |
Meh. I couldn't be bothered to finish this one. Too goofy and trope-y to be taken seriously, but it took itself too seriously (and had too much gore) to be fun.
  AnnaWaffles | Aug 28, 2020 |
This was totally action packed and tons of wicked magic spells and horrible ending to people. Real cool. The romance was too much. It's like just get on with it , but the action moved really fast , like a hamster free on the run around a bedroom fast. ( )
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
Another fantastic retelling of a much loved fairy tale.
This book has surpassed my expectations. I've heard mixed things about it so I was a bit wary of starting it but I'm happy to say I had no reason to be worried.
The Shadow Queen is a magical adventure with a kick-ass princess, dragons (one of which is the swoon worthy huntsman..who also happens to be a king) and some nice world building. Can't wait to see what's next in the Ravenspire series.
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  maebri | Mar 10, 2020 |
And so breaks my streak of excellent reads for 2020.

I had a lot of fundamental problems with The Shadow Queen – from tired tropes to convenient magic to an awkward retelling in general… I just couldn’t get into this one at all.

As The Shadow Queen is a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, some of the tropes are expected and thus need to be excused. For example – a fugitive princess? You really can’t have a Snow White retelling (one that includes a Snow White character, anyway) without a fugitive young royal. You also have an evil step-parent, and while I personally would love to see less of these in YA fantasy, the Evil Queen is also a Snow White staple. So those two characters are excused in that way. The tropes are exhausting, but expected, so there you are.

Things that really drove me crazy? C.J. Redwine based her entire world around magic and dragons and used them only as was convenient. The rules of magic are basically just “if you need it, it’s there, and you’ll maybe sleep for half the day as a result”. But okay, I’m talking “sleep half the day” for controlling an entire river. We have Lorelai, who is a fugitive on the run, but she has as much magical knowledge as Irina who has been trained in the craft her entire life. I know nobody wants the Evil Queen to win, but it drives me absolutely crazy when the underdog heroine has just as many “magically acquired” skills as anyone else. Give me some struggle. Make me root for her. In a single sentiment… make her worthy. Nothing about Lorelai was worthy of my love as the reader. A little sympathy in regards to how badly her original coup went, but otherwise? She did not impress.

Outside of our hero and villain, I felt like we had another cast of cookie cutter characters that failed to win my heart. At the beginning, there was hope for Leo and Gabriel, but that went out the window as soon as it became clear that they, like the world building, were just a means to an end. Every character should serve his purpose in the story, but to be just an instrument to move the plot forward does not necessarily create purpose. I could write a whole blog post on this topic. Even Kol – who is easily the most significant character after Irina and Lorelai – does not make sense in his role. His whole character was a hot mess for me, honestly, and I found it frustrating that he came into the story and played the role he played considering the role he should be playing.

Basically, this is all just an epic rant about my distaste for books that don’t make sense. Even within the constructed limits of fantasy – which is broad – there are still some rules and framework, and when storytelling elements are used haphazardly to get your protagonist from Point A to Point B, those fragile worlds fall apart and the book becomes indulgence rather than storytelling. And I guess that’s a bit cruel, but that’s honestly how I felt about this book. There were so many tools at its disposal at the beginning, and all were tossed to the wind for a more convenient trail ride. I can see many ways in which the author could have took Lorelai on her journey without pulling princes from neighboring kingdoms and the such.

Listen.

The Shadow Queen can be entertaining enough if you like Snow White, and don’t mind a little simplistic fantasy. It has a beautiful cover (I’m also disappointed that the apples didn’t play a bigger role) and could work if you’re in the mood for a love story that doesn’t make sense, but does include healing kisses and cheesy one-liners. The Shadow Queen has its audience… but it’s not me. ( )
  Morteana | Jan 6, 2020 |
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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 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.

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