An exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, from the author of Cruel Beauty.
When Rachelle was 15, she was good - apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless - straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
Three years later Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in a vain effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son, Armand - the man she hates most - Rachelle forces Armand to help her hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. Together they navigate the opulent world of the courtly elite, where beauty and power reign, and no one can be trusted. And as the two become unexpected allies, they discover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic... and a love that may be their undoing. Within a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?
©2015 Rosamund Hodge (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
I hesitated to read this because I really loved CRUEL BEAUTY and I'm one of those crazy people who always worries that the next one won't be as good. I shouldn't have worried. This book was pretty much flawless. Amazing characters, amazing world building, and such gorgeous prose. I couldn't put it down.
I should mention that calling this a Little Red Riding Hood retelling is a bit of a stretch. But that was totally fine with me because the story she was telling was way better.
I really enjoyed the lore of this book a lot. It was fantastically original, with a slight tease of the "Little Red Riding Hood" vibe in as well, which was exciting believe it or not (even though it was very small). But the thrill of the lore never died down like some books do. Rosamund Hodge's book are great. I read Cruel Beauty by Hodge and I was highly satisfied. Also, I'm a picky Audible listener. I decide based on the narrator reading the novel whether or not I'm going to Listen or just read the book instead. But Elizabeth Knowelden was surperb and more than enough for this one. Perfect actually. Overall, I think both the author and the narrator did a wonderful job at creating and maintaining a truly unique and grim tale for book lovers.
Rosamund Hodge is a pretty good story teller, her worlds are interesting, dark, and stimulating, but her characters all seem a bit too similar, whether in thought, deed, or dialogue. The worst part of her stories is the constant reminders she gives her readers of what is at stake, what the heroine is fighting for, what she must do, why she must do it and how. Several times during the story I felt like shouting, "Alright, yes, we get it! You've already made it abundantly clear she hates herself and feels guilty and that she must find a way to kill the devourer, you can give us something else now."
Aside from the annoying repetition, her stories ARE gripping and you really do want to see how it all turns out. I would read/listen to another of Rosamund Hodges stories in a heartbeat, but I do hope that in the next one she can find a way to clue the reader in without smacking them in the face with it every few paragraphs.
I loved the broken and imperfect heroes. A story that hints at something familiar, but is also totally new. I think it's a really incentive story with great characters, pacing, and development. I enjoyed it all the way through. Couldn't stop listening!
Wow, the story had many layers, a story within a story. Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, it had a dark element to it but also written with wit and humor. I love the dialogues between Rachelle/ Erec and Rachelle/ Armand. .The story and characters really pulled me in. Worth using my 1 credit.
Elizabeth did a superb job narrating the book, she is now one of my favorite narrators. I love her english accent.The tone and accent she gave to each character was perfect. She really brought the book to life.
Yes, I could listen to this book in one sitting. It was non stop action and intrigue. The writing was beautiful and original.
This is a book that older teen and adult will enjoy. It had all the elements in a book I like in fantasy book: well written, good storyline and plot, strong heroine (Rachelle is deadly with a sword), memorable characters and a little romance. This is definitely one of the best written YA fantasy books I've read/listened to so far. Rachelle reminds me of Katsa in Graceling.
The narrator has such a soothing and almost vintage voice it was easy to listen to the book. Although I didn't expect the whole French world building with a bit of Wiccan aspect it was durable. I wasn't overly impressed but the fact that it was so different from the first book written by the author I give it and them credit for such imaginative plots.
I have lots of kids so I can't sit around anymore and read like I wish I could. So I fold clothes, wash dishes and listen to books.
It entertained me but I needed it to get to the point BAD
I could listen to her read the phonebook
This was a good idea, good story but this author needs to just get to the point. Man she can drag a story out like no other. Coupled with the worlds slowest reader and best annunciator I was itching to just get it done.
If you just need a dull voice with a slow moving story arch, this is perfect.
Red Riding Hood is of German origin, not French; so, that was an artistic twist that almost overshadowed the characters. Had I read the book instead of listening to the audiobook, I would have believed the tone and language to be from the author's own mind and imagination - sadly, the narrator makes it perfectly clear how French this German tale is.
There's a great build up about the Destroyer which is over within a chapter. If you don't mind a lack of character development, dull foreshadowing, and slow tone, then this book is great.
I enjoyed this book but had to go back a bit. Hard to follow sometimes.
Read or listen to this book when you have no or very limited distractions.
Good story though. Gloomy and creepy but in a good way.
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