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Publisher's Summary

The first daughter is for the throne. The second daughter is for the wolf.

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose - to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in order to save her kingdom. 

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood - and her world - will be lost forever.

Hannah Whitten's New York Times best-selling debut is a sweeping tale of love, legends and the secrets that hide beyond the trees.

©2021 Hannah Whitten (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Dazzling.... This is sure to enchant." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A glorious journey through woods deep and so very dark. A stunning debut." (Erin Craig, author of House of Salt and Sorrow)

"A must read." (Emily A. Duncan, author of Wicked Saints)

"I loved it! I was completely swept away by the world-building, the characters, and the delicate gorgeousness of the writing! A brilliant dark fantasy debut." (Jodi Picoult)

"An unputdownable fairy tale that traces the boundaries of duty, love, and loss. A masterful debut from a must-read new voice in fantasy." (Kirkus

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Not what I expected

From the cover I thought I was in for a rehash of a a fairytale - but not so.
I became engrossed in the story and the characters.
The twin sisters had very different ideas of the truth of the story due to their futures.
History became myth and legend, mangled by religion.
Just enough magic and mayhem…

I will be looking forward to the next book.

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Addictive and imaginative

Loved this story and look forward to the next installment - it was easy to listen to and hard to stop. Really enjoyed the depiction of the wilderwood, a very original take on a forest. Plot maybe didnt have as much depth or intricacy as some stories, but worth a listen if you want a nice easy story.

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  • Katrin Duraie
  • 02-08-2021

Mediocre at best

The whole story was as cliche as it could be.

First and foremost, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, not a Little Red Riding Hood as the cover, title and synopsis might lead you to believe. I, for one, think we already have more than enough retellings of Beauty and the Beast, so it is extremely difficult to create a story based on that fairy-tale that stands out in a good way. For me, misleading readers as to what the story is going to be is just poor choice on the author's part and harms the story more than it does any good.

Disregarding that, the story is bland - we have a princess, bearing the very original name Red (we're continuing with the Red Riding Hood allusions) who has been overlooked by her mother her whole life because she will be sacrificed to the Wolf, a mythical figure residing in the nearby forest and keeping the monsters in it at bay. Red has a sister, called Neverah (nevera means fridge in Spanish, which I simply couldn't get out of my head every time her name was mentioned) with whom she's really close. On her dunnowhich birthday Red is sent to the forest to be sacrificed to the Wolf so an ancient bargain can be uphold. From then on we have all of the following:

* an attempt at creating a creepy atmosphere in the forest, which didn't really work. That was quite unfortunate, because if it had worked, then this might have been something original and intriguing in the story. As it is, the mediocre writing didn't really succeed in creating the atmosphere the author clearly intended;
* an insta-lovey relationship with a romantic interest, whose whole personality could be described by the words tortured and self-sacrificing. He had absolutely no other defining characteristics beyond that.
* mediocre to non-existent character development;
* bland heroine, who managed to invoke absolutely no interest or sympathy in me;
* evil masterminds, whose motivation was simply being evil.


I couldn't wait for this book to end.

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