“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.”
I’ve been burned on a few retelling books of late. I didn’t even finish a recent one I was trying to read for a review. But this one? Oh my, Redwine knows her fairy tales, and better yet – she completely transformed it! I really liked this book.
It is a retelling of Snow White, but with so much more. For future reference, I love this one more. Kol is quite possibly my favorite character, and I really enjoyed the characters as a whole. Redwine does a good job of building the characters, showing us how they think, and bringing them together. She also shows us various viewpoints, including those who are evil.
Now, it did take a while for the plot to pick, so in the beginning I was rather unsure if I was going to like it. That is my main criticism. No – I take it back – my main criticism is that a character I feared would die, died. …. So I’m still really angry about that. I’ve met C.J. Redwine a few times now (SOKY Bookfest, YA Bookcon – she was on a panel I moderated), and I always love her energy, stories and the way she interacts with others. Oh, and she LOVES Harry Potter, hosted the HP trivia game, and gave away a ton of books…. but I may just have to break out in tears in front of her and halfheartedly yell at her the next time I see her… As a warning… Ahem, sorry – back to what I was saying. The plot would slow down quite a bit here and there, and drag on for a while before picking back up. I loved the overall story enough, and the twists on the fairy tale, that I kept reading, and I’m glad I did.
My main question after reading is about the ogres. What’s their deal? How did they get lose? It kinda references the other kingdom (besides the two we are dealing with) but not enough. I felt like I needed to know more about this, how they worked, if they weren’t intelligent… etc. That would have been good information. As to another point – who takes all three main royals to a war front? Seems like a really bad idea…
Kol, and the shape shifting dragons, were my absolute favorite! The pieces to who they were, how they worked, and all of those details were just amazing. I liked his friends, and the kingdom. Kol was also one of my top two favorite characters – and their interactions with Sasha were even better.
Overall, about a 3.5 on the scale, because of the way Redwine transforms the fairy tale. I look forward to reading the next!