The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella - Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant - vows to escape the usual pitfalls.
Anxious to avoid the “traditional” path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with "Granny," the local wisewoman.
But on the way home she's attacked by a wolf - who turns out to be a cursed nobleman! Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh - when he isn't howling at the moon.
Breaking spells is never easy. But a determined beauty, a wizard (after all, he's only an occasional werewolf) and a little godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending.
©2011 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print
Book 1, 5 and 6 are the best of this series to date.
The villain is pretty easy to pick out from the get go but aside from that the story still holds the readers interest with good character and world building.
If you were expecting to read a copy of Red Riding Hood you have the wrong book. The story does however doe include a female lead, Isabella who wears a red cloak, a "Granny", a wise old woman, who she visits who lives in the woods out side town, a game keeper and well a were wolf and even a step mother and step sisters thrown into the mix along with sorcerers, invisible servants, curses, spells and well i guess you need to read it to find out how all this comes together and of course the romance and life threatening encounters . . .
It's a good read and well worth adding to your library
Mercedes Lackey dropped the ball a bit after the first book but picked it up again with books 5 and 6
although each story is separate in its own right characters do appear from previous books but in the main aside from the godmother Elena and her household non of the previous books main chracters are a common thread though out this series.
Unlike the Tradition . . .
I would recommend this book and series bearing in mind the above comments on some of the books in the series which don't match up to the quality of books 1, 5 and 6 but are still readable.
Comments made above are obviously a reflection of my current taste and opinions.
Yes. Because I love the series as a whole.
I'm still in the process of listening to the story but so far it is when Belle discovers the Invisibles can communicate, followed by the music room scene.
Having the cameo appearance by Godmother Elena.
The extreme reaction I had to this book was negative and involved having an uncomfortable feeling that Lackey was starting to cross her streams when she started discussing ELEMENTALS as part of the 500 Kingdoms Universe. I really like her Elementals Series, though I must say that I like the 5K series better. I really, really would appreciate them being kept SEPARATE and DISTINCT.
Gabra Zackman, per usual, EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE. Thank you!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
our hero Sabastian sweetness and our lady Belle is just so very clever
I buy Ms Zackmans recording and I only can hope the story is good. Even the huntsman has a sexy sounding voice
when our wolf finds our lady and does not hurt her when he realizes who she is
the 2 stories beauty and dragon, are a bit dark and not funny, but if you want a clever story line these are it. Very little or no smoking scenes, but again very clever story telling
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