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Exclusive Sneak Peek at THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine + Giveaway (International)

Exclusive Sneak Peek at THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine + Giveaway (International)

YABC is super excited to host the exclusive sneak peek of C.J. Redwine's upcoming THE SHADOW QUEEN (Balzer + Bray 2/23/16), and epic fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. The cover was first revealed on EPIC READS, along with 4 other EPIC covers. (Check those out HERE)

 

First, let's hear from C.J. about the inspiration behind writing this book. 

 

Hi YABCers! I'm so excited about this book (about the series, really). I was raised on fairy tales. Every week I checked out another volume of Grimm's fairy tales from the library. (Anyone remember the white book, yellow book, red book etc?) I get excited every time another live action or animated fairy tale hits the big screen because there's nothing I love more than a good retelling. However ... not all retellings are created equal. :) The inspiration for THE SHADOW QUEEN actually came from the incredible disappointment I felt after seeing Snow White and the Huntsman. I ranted for the 45 minute drive home, and finally my husband looked at me and said, "Why don't you write the story how you want it to be told?"

And so I did. 

I wanted Snow White to be an epic battle between two equally powerful females. I wanted the huntsman to have compelling reasons for obeying the queen and to be deeply conflicted. I wanted the prince to fall in love with the princess because of her courage, her intelligence, and her heart, not because he stumbled upon a random corpse in the woods and decided to kiss it. (I mean really.) 

So that's what I wrote. And I'm so very grateful to Sarah Kaufman, my cover designer at Balzer + Bray, for giving me such a captivating cover! I hope you love the cover and the story as much as I do.

CJ

 

Are you ready to meet THE SHADOW QUEEN? Scroll to see the cover and read an exclusive excerpt, and be sure the enter the giveaway for the first advanced review copy!

 

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About the book:

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.

 

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

“You cannot outrun me.” Irina’s voice echoed down the street. “You cannot hide from me. You can either surrender or die.”

“Your Highness, the dragon needs a scent to follow,” a man said.

“I don’t need a hunter to follow a scent when my prey is so close. I can find them myself.”

“Ready?” Leo whispered as he nodded toward a narrow iron catwalk that bridged the distance between the alley-side corner of the smithy and the brewery next door.

 “Ready.” Taking a deep breath, she found her balance and ran lightly down the sloping roof, onto the iron catwalk, and across to the brewery’s roof in seconds.

Irina’s voice rose. “You have chosen death.”

The catwalk creaked behind her, and then Leo was behind her. Moving quickly across the brewery’s roof, staying low and hugging the chimneys for cover. Lorelai followed, her stomach churning as Irina’s voice echoed across the alley below them.

            “Nakhgor. Kaz`prin.”

            A light as brilliant as fire shot into the air, arced, and then plunged deep beneath the alley’s cobblestones.

            Lorelai’s palms blazed with heat in response. She grabbed Leo’s hand and yanked him forward, their boots sliding dangerously against the brewery’s shingles as they fought to get to the next catwalk.

            “Nakhgor,” Irina shouted as the cobblestones shook violently. “Find the ones I seek.”

            Lorelai and her brother reached the catwalk that led to the harness maker’s workshop as long jagged cracks split the cobblestones beneath them.

Sprinting across the catwalk, Lorelai scrambled up the harness maker’s roof and half-slid down to the other side, Leo right at her heels.

            “Kaz`prin.” Irina’s voice filled the air. The cobblestones cracked and crumbled as her spell gained strength. “Bring them to me to face their punishment.”

Lorelai was halfway across the catwalk that led from the harness maker’s to the weaponsmith’s when a score of thick black vines exploded out of the ground.

 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an ARC of THE SHADOW QUEEN (when available).

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Comments 120

rebecca on Saturday, 18 July 2015 16:45

so prettyyyyy

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so prettyyyyy
Guest - Crystal on Sunday, 19 July 2015 21:19

This cover looks amazing!

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This cover looks amazing!
Maranda Hymes on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:43

The cover is stunning, beautifully designed. I need this book in my hands like yesterday please :p

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The cover is stunning, beautifully designed. I need this book in my hands like yesterday please :p
Guest - Voosen on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:24

IM SO EXITED :D and an international Giveaway, hor rare THANK YOU *__*

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IM SO EXITED :D and an international Giveaway, hor rare THANK YOU *__*
Michelle on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 18:25

I'm So Excited!!!!

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I'm So Excited!!!!
Guest - Mary on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 22:36

The cover is perfect! A new twist on an old favorite! Cannot wait!! :D :D

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The cover is perfect! A new twist on an old favorite! Cannot wait!! :D :D
Giulia Mancosu on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:57

The cover is just AMAZING!! Maybe this is one of the most beautiful cover I've ever seen for an epic fantasy book! And after reading the synopsis, I'm not able to wait until February 23rd 2016! I am going to die until then!! I cannot wait to read it!

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The cover is just AMAZING!! Maybe this is one of the most beautiful cover I've ever seen for an epic fantasy book! And after reading the synopsis, I'm not able to wait until February 23rd 2016! I am going to die until then!! I cannot wait to read it!
Alica on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:31

The cover is kind of creepy, but in a fun I want to find out what happens way

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The cover is kind of creepy, but in a fun I want to find out what happens way
Stacy on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:27

I absolutely love the poison apple on the cover! I also devoured fairy tales growing up and love them in any and every telling and retelling.

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I absolutely love the poison apple on the cover! I also devoured fairy tales growing up and love them in any and every telling and retelling.
Angelica Mahinay on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:27

It's so fabulous! and it's interesting I love it!:))

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It's so fabulous! and it's interesting I love it!:))
Guest - Erin Arkin on Thursday, 23 July 2015 21:45

I can't wait for this one! The cover is amazing and I want this on my shelves!!

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I can't wait for this one! The cover is amazing and I want this on my shelves!!
Kierra on Thursday, 23 July 2015 22:09

I really enjoy the simple colors, and that it relates with the story! The synopis sounds AWESOME and I need it ASAP!!

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I really enjoy the simple colors, and that it relates with the story! The synopis sounds AWESOME and I need it ASAP!!
Aila Jiang on Friday, 24 July 2015 09:32

I haven't read the author's previous trilogy, but this one seems right up my alley! Can't wait to get it in my hands. Also, that cover is very eye catching.

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I haven't read the author's previous trilogy, but this one seems right up my alley! Can't wait to get it in my hands. Also, that cover is very eye catching.
Alyssa on Friday, 24 July 2015 12:18

I thought that both the cover and synopsis gave just enough to make me want to read it.

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I thought that both the cover and synopsis gave just enough to make me want to read it.
Raquel on Friday, 24 July 2015 17:38

I love the simplicity and badass-ery of the cover (I mean that black apple?!) and the synopsis sounds so very intriguing! I really liked C.J. Redwine's first series, so I have a good feeling about this one.

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I love the simplicity and badass-ery of the cover (I mean that black apple?!) and the synopsis sounds so very intriguing! I really liked C.J. Redwine's first series, so I have a good feeling about this one.
Guest - Meedah on Friday, 24 July 2015 17:39

Omg i love the cover, it's like the poison apple from snow white.

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Omg i love the cover, it's like the poison apple from snow white.
Jaime from Two Chicks On Books on Friday, 24 July 2015 22:10

I love it! Can't wait to read!!!!

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I love it! Can't wait to read!!!!
Guest - Faith McLaughlin on Friday, 24 July 2015 22:47

I saw the cover for this book and immediately knew I had to have it and when I read the synopsis, I wanted it even more! I love fairytale retellings and I absolutely can't wait for this book! :)

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I saw the cover for this book and immediately knew I had to have it and when I read the synopsis, I wanted it even more! I love fairytale retellings and I absolutely can't wait for this book! :)
Guest - Micheala on Friday, 24 July 2015 22:56

The synopsis sounds awesome! Something I'll definitely read. The cover and title are gorgeous and too perfect!

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The synopsis sounds awesome! Something I'll definitely read. The cover and title are gorgeous and too perfect!
Madi Ballenger on Friday, 24 July 2015 23:07

This excerpt gave me a taste of the magic and dragons and action that I crave! Really would love to win.

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This excerpt gave me a taste of the magic and dragons and action that I crave! Really would love to win.

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