‘The Shadow Queen’ spoiler-free review!

I’m on a serious fairytale kick at the moment and I’m also trying to tackle my enormous TBR. That led to me recently picking The Shadow Queen from my shelves! I’m pleased to say that, even though there are mixed reviews for this one, I really enjoyed it! It gave me serious Once Upon A Time vibes (which I’m currently obsessed with so if you’re also a fan, please chat with me); some reviewers have complained about a lack of originality, but it was exactly what I was looking for. I found it to be well-written with some seriously cool elements (hello dragon shapeshifters and telepathic birds?!)


I loved the way the story was twisted and messed with, while still staying true to the original fairytale. The Shadow Queen was fast-paced and action-packed, with some seriously dark moments that I wasn’t expecting! I did feel that it lost its way a little in the middle and slowed down a bit; Kol’s internal battle became a bit repetitive (so much ‘fire, blood and death’) as did the descriptions of Lorelai’s beauty (though the scent of ‘evergreens, snow and sweet burning wood’ does sound like it would make an AMAZING bookish candle). I can see why certain choices were made during the mid-section of the story and how they fit with what needed to happen, I just found it a little less exciting to read.

Even though the plot slowed down a little at times, I loved the connections between the characters and the reasons given for key elements of the fairytale. I’m really excited that this is the first in a series of standalone fairytale retellings, and I can’t wait to read the second instalment, The Wish Granter, to see how the author handles the story of Rumplestiltskin!


Has anyone else read this one or The Wish Granter? Or have you read any other fairytale retellings recently that you loved? I’m on the hunt for more, now that I’ve had a taste!

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