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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

Trisha Mazzei on Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:42

I absolutely love the cover and synopsis. The apple being black adds so much evil and mystery. Fairy tale retellings are my favorite genre, I can't wait to be able to read this book it sounds amazing!

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I absolutely love the cover and synopsis. The apple being black adds so much evil and mystery. Fairy tale retellings are my favorite genre, I can't wait to be able to read this book it sounds amazing!
Guest - denes ivett on Saturday, 04 July 2015 17:54

This cover is absolutely stunning and perfect.I really love how much it relates to the original fairy tale with the cover. It reminds me so much of the scene in Disney's Snow White. It also stands out against the snowy backdrop. I'm excited for this twisty love story!

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This cover is absolutely stunning and perfect.I really love how much it relates to the original fairy tale with the cover. It reminds me so much of the scene in Disney's Snow White. It also stands out against the snowy backdrop. I'm excited for this twisty love story!
Shannon Mizikoski on Saturday, 04 July 2015 22:20

The cover is GORGEOUS. Like, I do not have enough words. But the more I read about the book, the more I NEED it- it just sounds spectacular!

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The cover is GORGEOUS. Like, I do not have enough words. But the more I read about the book, the more I NEED it- it just sounds spectacular!
Hannah on Sunday, 05 July 2015 11:42

The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis is exciting.

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The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis is exciting.
Hannah on Sunday, 05 July 2015 11:42

The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis is exciting.

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The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis is exciting.
Chloe on Monday, 06 July 2015 15:21

This cover is gorgeous taking a gothic twist on the red apple by painting it black and having it dripping is scrumptious!

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This cover is gorgeous taking a gothic twist on the red apple by painting it black and having it dripping is scrumptious!
BookFanatic on Monday, 06 July 2015 19:35

WOW. Is the only thing I can say.

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WOW. Is the only thing I can say.
Audrey on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 12:56

The cover is stunning and the synopsis is incredible! I can't wait to read this one.

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The cover is stunning and the synopsis is incredible! I can't wait to read this one.
Guest - Lara on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:48

I love the cover, I think it looks amazing! And synopsis sounds great, ti will be a good read!

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I love the cover, I think it looks amazing! And synopsis sounds great, ti will be a good read!
Samantha Bautista on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 18:28

The cover looks so cool! I also immediately connected it to the Snow White story. The synopsis is very intriguing and I'm actually really excited to get my hands on this book!

Also, thanks for the exclusive excerpt.

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The cover looks so cool! I also immediately connected it to the Snow White story. The synopsis is very intriguing and I'm actually really excited to get my hands on this book! Also, thanks for the exclusive excerpt.
Guest - Rachel Patrick on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 23:52

Fairy tale kind of stuff is kind of hard to resist and oh my gosh WAAANT. And this COVER? A black apple, YESSS.

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Fairy tale kind of stuff is kind of hard to resist and oh my gosh WAAANT. And this COVER? A black apple, YESSS.
Heather Cover on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:40

I, too, always checked out the Andrew Lang colored fairy books, and have never been quite satisfied at the Disney-fied versions that end up on screen. I love the cover of The Shadow Queen and look forward to reading this reimagined tale!

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I, too, always checked out the Andrew Lang colored fairy books, and have never been quite satisfied at the Disney-fied versions that end up on screen. I love the cover of The Shadow Queen and look forward to reading this reimagined tale!
Guest - Jessica Surgett on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:08

It sounds amazing and the cover is GORGEOUS! Can't wait to read it!!!

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It sounds amazing and the cover is GORGEOUS! Can't wait to read it!!!
Guest - Emily S on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 13:10

Oh wow...WOW!! That cover is STUNNING and the synopsis gives me the shivers. I can't wait to read the whole thing!

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Oh wow...WOW!! That cover is STUNNING and the synopsis gives me the shivers. I can't wait to read the whole thing!
Guest - Isabella Plummer on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 13:57

Ooooo this is such a cool cover! I always enjoy simple covers, like the one for Red Queen. And I haven't read a Snow WHite retelling in a while so this should be interesting!

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Ooooo this is such a cool cover! I always enjoy simple covers, like the one for Red Queen. And I haven't read a Snow WHite retelling in a while so this should be interesting!
Guest - Jessica on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 21:09

I love it! I'm so excited!!!!

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I love it! I'm so excited!!!!
Susan T. on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 22:03

I love the black apple on the cover! Fairy tale re-tellings are my favorite so I'm pretty excited about this one!

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I love the black apple on the cover! Fairy tale re-tellings are my favorite so I'm pretty excited about this one!
Sui Generis on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 22:57

Oh my gosh! Both are very very beautiful!

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Oh my gosh! Both are very very beautiful!
Rosario Valadez on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 23:52

I can tell you you had me as soon as I seen this cover its lovely

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I can tell you you had me as soon as I seen this cover its lovely
Guest - Ana on Thursday, 09 July 2015 19:53

WOOOOOW! THAT COVER :| !!!
I need to read this book, seriously!
The synopsis catched my attention!!!

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WOOOOOW! THAT COVER :| !!! I need to read this book, seriously! The synopsis catched my attention!!!

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