Author: Hannah Whitten
Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.
For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn’t the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.
“A masterful debut from a must-read new voice in epic fantasy”—Kirkus (starred review)
As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose—to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.
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—whole.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Mini Review: The first book in a duology from debut author Hannah Whitten. This is a dark retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Red is the second daughter of the King and Queen and she has been promised to the wolf. What Red finds is quite unexpected and she finds herself having to choose between the wolf and the woods that he is part of or her connection to her family.
I am not a huge fantasy reader but the premise did intrigue me. However if you have read Uprooted or A Court of Thorns and Roses, this felt eerily similar. I feel like this fairy-tale genre has been done at least in this vane and there is no more intrigue, at least for me, to read these types of stories.
I am sure people will love this book, but for me, if I am going to read this genre, I really want something special.
Thank you NetGalley and Orbit Books for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.