Author: C. J Redwine.
Published: February 16th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Sort: First companion novel in Ravenspire.
Source: an e-ARC from the publisher on Edelweiss, thanks!
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.
Lorelei and Leo, Crown princess and Crown prince of Ravenspire, ran away from their stepmother Queen Irina together with their guard Gabriel. They both have magic and they want to get their kingdom back when the time is right. I liked that they had a plan and that they worked to become strong enough to beat her. They didn't throw themselves in a useless fight, because it was obvious they were not ready yet to battle Irina. I liked their dynamic with Gabriel, who became their father figure after the death of the King.
Kolvanisimir Arsenyevnek, also Kol, is the new King of Eldr. He needs to make a deal with Queen Irina for help in his war against the ogres. He is a Draconia, which means he is able to shapeshift into a Dragon. This was such a cool addition to the story and I liked that this friends were able to shapeshift as well. I always hate the cliche where the main characters are special or more powerful; he is simply one of many. He meets Lorelei and her brother without knowing who they really are and that gives many obstacles later on. Kol must hunt down the princess in order to get Irina's help and he accepts, until he finds out it is Lorelei.
What I loved about this book is how it did not shy away from making brutal choices. I liked the twists and turns in the story. Lorelei is a strong, brave girl who is capable of making intelligent choices. I liked her dynamic with Kol and how they did not immediately fell in love. There is time to build up their character and interest in each other, which made it not hard to ship them together. They both have to endure a lot and that gave them something important in common.
Irina was a powerful, well-crafted villain and she was that type you love to hate. There are parts that feature her and I liked her don't-give-a-crap attitude. She is merciless and the author managed to make her a character instead of a typical caricature villain.