Audiobook Review – The Shadow Queen

Posted June 13, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review – The Shadow QueenThe Shadow Queen Series: Ravenspire #1
by CJ Redwine
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Published by Tantor Audio on May 24, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 11 hours
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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.

My Review


The Shadow Queen is an exciting fairytale retelling and I loved this!

I’m not a fan of Snow White but author C.J. Redwine’s retelling involves a strong female character who I fell in love with. Lorelai Diederich is the crown princess of Ravenspire. When her father is murdered by her evil stepmother, the wicked queen, Lorelai is forced into hiding. During the years in hiding Lorelai learns to master the magic she inherited from her mother’s people. Even with the years of practice Lorelai fears she will not be strong enough to fight the wicked queen. But after a devastating tragedy Lorelai faces her fears in order to save her kingdom. I loved that Lorelai fights to save her people instead of waiting for her prince charming to rescue her. Of course every fairytale has to have a handsome prince and in The Shadow Queen it is Kol. Kol is the newly crowned King of Eldr, a neighboring kingdom in need of magic to fight against the ogres. Kol and Lorelai forge an alliance to save each other’s kingdoms. Their relationship slowly builds from being allies into a swoon worthy romance that had me giddy. I’m a hopeless romantic so with all the tragedy that Lorelai and Kol endured I wanted a happily ever after ending for these two. And the author did not disappoint me! Lorelai and Kol have been added to my favorite couples list.

This is my first book from author C.J. Redwine and I loved her writing. The characters were well-developed and the story was exciting. I love her creativity and how she added unique twists to this classic tale. I plan to read more from this author.

Audiobook Review

I enjoyed Khristine Hvam narration of The Shadow Queen. I’ve heard her other narrations and she always brings a clear and entertaining performance. I love that she is able to create distinct voices for each character and brings to life the emotions of each scene. The combination of author C.J. Redwine’s writing and Khristine Hvam’s performance had me captivated. I had a hard time putting this down and also didn’t want the story to end.

Thank you to Tantor Audio for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: five-stars

About CJ Redwine

C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge


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2 responses to “Audiobook Review – The Shadow Queen

  1. This book has been on my radar because I love the cover but I wasn’t sure about the actual book since I’m not a huge Snow White fan either. This sounds like a great read! It’s definitely going on my TBR. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Hvam’s narration but I like that this is a good choice for audio. That definitely increases my chances of getting to it.

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    • Kathy

      Hi Katherine! I’m not a huge Snow White fan too so I liked how the author added her personal touch to this book. I’m glad I took a chance on this. Hopefully you will enjoy this too!