A dark epic fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White, from C. J. Redwine, the author of the Defiance series. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cinder.
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.
"I really enjoyed [Khristine Hvam's] narration. I thought she did a great job with both the male and female characters. . . . she really brought out the tone of the scene and I had no problem figuring out each character." ---Hot Listens
"A brilliant twist on the classic Snow White and the Huntsman fairytale." ---Nick and Nereydas Infinite Book List
"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
"[F]antasy fun." ---Kirkus
"Redwine's writing is fluid and...she has created a fully imagined fairy tale landscape." ---Publishers Weekly
"Great fun, and a first purchase where dark fantasy or fairy tale retellings are popular." ---School Library Journal
"Fans of Mari Mancusi's Scorched series and Julie Kagawa's Talon Saga will be pleased with the introduction of the Draconi into the fairy tale." ---RT Book Reviews
"Narrator Khristine Hvam captures the suspenseful moments and complex emotions of main character Lorelai in this adventure-filled "Snow White" adaptation." ---AudioFile
"Khristine Hvam as the narrator for The Shadow Queen, and the fact that there were dragons . . . really sold this story for me." ---Literary Treasure Chest
"[Khristine Hvam] was wonderful. She had a very poetic voice, but the story was full of emotion and written in vivid detail, so the performance was amazingly entertaining." ---Obsessive Book Nerd
"The combination of author C.J. Redwine’s writing and Khristine Hvam’s performance had me captivated." ---My Nook Books and More