For the Wolf: The Wilderwood Books, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 40 minutes|
|Narrator||Inés del Castillo|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 June 2021|
|Publisher||Hachette Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 17,210 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
275 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
866 in Mythology & Folk Tales
1,129 in Dark Fantasy (Books)
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Oh yes, this one is IT.
If you love fantasy set in a magical forest, a deeply intense love story, layered characters and even more layered themes, give this baby a go!
The atmosphere in this story is INCREDIBLE. I felt completely enamoured with the world and I was constantly getting lost in the descriptions of the Wilderwood - it was such a visceral feeling; like I was plunged into it myself. I was holding my breath for 3/4 of the book.
I loved that the forest became this living thing. It breathed and moved and spoke and it was utterly eery but so wonderfully immersive.
Besides the beautiful ambience that was created with the prose, the slow-burn romance was ELITE. I am a sucker for this kind of intense longing, but damn, Red and the Wolf took it to a whooole other level.
There was also some fantastic commentary on grief, guilt and religion that wove into the story and added a layer of reality in a magical world that could sometimes seem poles apart from our own, and made the characters and their motives feel closer.
Also, I loved exploring the deep connection & bond that exists between siblings. Anyone who has them knows that you would do anything, even defy logic, if it meant protecting your own from any danger, & this was a wonderful element that made me empathetic towards each sisters’ actions (no matter how much I also wanted to scream at them to just stop & think rationally)
Overall, this was a truly stunning read and I am very excited for this series to continue!
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I was intrigued to read this book as soon as I saw comparisons being made to the Winternight Trilogy, which I absolutely loved. Unfortunately, at least for me, this book did not live up to that comparison; though it did remind me of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. That book too has its heroine sacrificed early on in the story so as to keep her village safe, and the Wilderwood here rather reminded me of the Wood in Uprooted too.
For me this book started off well. I was intrigued by the premise of the Second Daughter being for the Wolf, whilst the First is for the Throne, and by the history and lore behind this which was teased from the very beginning, yet at the same time kept shrouded in mystery. I thought there was some decent world building and I liked the bond set up very early on between Red and Neve. Once Red enters the Wilderwood the majority of the book focuses on her, though we get occasional chapters following Neve and events in Valledya, which are more politically based.
The book is probably more reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast rather than Red Riding Hood per say, not that I minded, though certainly the Wilderwood is very much a prominent character almost in its own right. It is a slow-paced book, which again I don't generally tend to mind, however, I did find here that the story became rather repetitive for long stretches in terms of what was going on in the Wilderwood and Shadowlands, with the same threats presenting themselves repeatedly.
I liked Red as a character, she was brave and loyal without having that irritating quality that I quite often find in YA fantasy heroines, though she could be somewhat too stubborn at times. I enjoyed Eammon's (the Wolf's) character too for the most part, my only criticism being that he could be rather too self-sacrificing. Whilst it was apparent fairly on that he was not the villain he was painted to be, I liked that he was actually a gentle and introverted character and not the arrogant hero with a bad-boy persona that seems to have become somewhat overdone in YA fantasy e.g. Rhysand and Casteel (I'm not saying I don't like those particular characters, just that I was glad of something different here). Whilst I liked their characters individually, and whilst the romance was sweet, I can't say I was completely sold on it though.
One of the aspects I enjoyed most here was the use of cult-like religions as power and influence, and also the distortions that arise in stories and legends over time and I liked how these ideas were explored and intertwined.
As I've already mentioned I liked the bond set up between Red and Neve at the start, and I liked the overall concept of Neve's character journey in the book, however I just thought it could have been executed better. Similarly, whilst I liked the idea of the political ambitions and plots related to this in Valledya, I thought the execution could have been more refined. I felt a lot of the secondary characters were a bit underdeveloped e.g whilst Arick's arc was interesting and at the end I had some sympathy for the character, for me he just wasn't developed enough for this to hold real impact. Side characters like Lyra, Fife and Raffe too just didn't make much of an impact or emotional connection. The villains were too one-dimensional for me, and the magic system could be a bit confusing at times. Overall I think a lot of these factors added up as the book went on, such that the latter parts even when the action was notched up a gear, failed to deliver and felt very much as just going through the motions.
Overall the book ended up feeling a bit flat, even though I was intrigued by some of the concepts and ideas. The book was generally quite atmospheric, especially the parts in the Wilderwood, with a dark fairytale feel to it with folklore entwined, and I liked the sibling dynamics, but it was too repetitive, lacking polish and feeling clunky in its execution with poor rendering of a lot of its side characters. There is a planned sequel, but I can't say I'm feeling all that enthused to read it when it comes out. I've given this 3 stars, but possibly that is being a bit generous.
However, as some others have commented, the world building is occasionally laboured and repetitive, and there are times that I felt it was the author, rather than the narrative, that was holding back information. It's something that should have been untangled by a good editor, so it's a shame, as the story is solid, and the reweaving of well-worn tales is clever.
Despite all of this, I am curious about the second instalment, and will read it, though I'd like to see tighter editing on the next volume.
I absolutely have no interest in reading another book about yet more broken trees, twisting vines and green veins and black holes.
The original Little Red Riding Hood is a better read!
The 1st book I have given up on in over 10 years - I’ve ploughed through 64% but enough in enough - reading is supposed to be a pleasure and reading this certainly isn’t for me.