The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, February 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
The synopsis reminds me of Snow White and the Hunstman movie (the one with Kristen Stewart). Even though the story is based on Snow White, it’s very creative and has other features that’s different from the original.
The author made humans that can transform into dragons. What caught my attention was that the creatures have two hearts: one human heart and one dragon heart. Another unique thing about the book is that Lorelai can communicate with her bird telepathically.
Mardushkas use magic in the story. I think it’s just that there’s a consequence to using too much. The mardushkas would have to recover. Recovery can take up to three days. If magic was used with no consequence, Irina would be more evil and powerful than she already is. From stories and movies I’ve seen, the villains had a lot of power and they used it without getting tired.
I rated this four out of five stars because some parts weren’t interesting and those parts were slow-paced.