One Thing She Still Has | The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Title: The Shadow Queen
By: C.J. Redwine
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling 
Pages: 387
Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Summary 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.

Review: I have to say that I had no idea this was a Snow White retelling when I pick up this book, but I was wonderfully surprised. The magic twist and wonderful characters, really brought the story to life. I loved that the huntsman turned into a dragon and that the Snow White character wielded a really fantastic form of magic. The author really did a great job explaining how the magic works and the tole it takes on the wielder. This is usually skipped in books, but it really worked here. A great read.

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