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


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.


23299513I DNFed this book at 30%. I borrowed the audiobook of The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine from my library and I just couldn’t continue listening to it.

The plot is basically the plot of every fantasy YA book ever. The two main characters are put against each other yet against all odds they fall in love. That sounds familiar right? Ya I’m pretty sure I’ve read a bunch of stories with that trope before. Normally it’s not super obvious right at the beginning of the book but in The Shadow Queen it is.

Another overused trope is when the main character is trying to reclaim their kingdom that was stolen from them as a child. I am so sick of this trope. It is way too overused.

At the beginning of the novel you find out that all of Kol’s family is murdered by ogres. You don’t get much information on it. It just tells you that they were murdered by the ogres and nothing else. I want to know how the ogres were able to sneak up on them. It would seem as if they would make a lot of noise. Sure, maybe they heard the ogres and fought but the way it was explained it didn’t seem likely.

Kol is a total fuckboy. He likes to party and drink. He is very arrogant and doesn’t seem to know much. Like he becomes king when his family dies and we didn’t get any information on how he rules. All we know is that he traveled out of his country, which is currently being destroyed by ogres to go get help. Kol decides to go to the most dangerous, killer queen in all the land. The Queen decides that she will help Kol if they make a deal. Anyone with common sense would actually think about the deal before accepting it. The Queen says that she will help him if he kills the lost princess Lorelai. That sounds fishey and I wouldn’t trust her.

Lorelai and her brother Leo were thought to have been killed nine years ago when their father, the King was killed. All this time they have actually been on the run, mastering their magic. Ha ha I think I’ve read this before. Lorelai wasn’t to get revenge on the Queen and take back her kingdom. It doesn’t seem like she is that good at magic by the non-existent explanation of her magic and she will be up against the most powerful person alive (but after a lot of hardwork and teamwork they defeat her and Lorelai falls in love. *Sorry just filling in the trope).

Lorelai and her brother actually have a really good relationship and I love it. The only problem is *Spolier* that her brother Leo is killed by the Queen at the beginning. I like freaked out and that was the last straw before I DNF-ed it.

The Queen is a bitch so far. She just kills people who are loyal to her because they can’t give her the information that she wants. Then she hangs up their bodies on the walls outside. She sounds like fun (jk she sucks).

I don’t normally DNF books but I really couldn’t continue reading this book. It was too clique and information was overlooked. I didn’t want to waste my time anymore and I’m kind of glad that I quit reading it.

Have you read The Shadow Queen?


2 Comments Add yours

  1. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. For me, it was a title that actual redeemed itself as it progressed. It took a bit to grow on me, but by the time I finished I really liked it.

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    1. I’ve read that in a lot of reviews but personally I didn’t feel like putting in the time to get to those good parts. It wasn’t worth it for me. I’m glad that you enjoyed the book though

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