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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.
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.
"A brilliant dark fantasy debut!" —Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author
Whitten debuts with a dark, dazzling reimagining of "Little Red Riding Hood." The kingdom of Valleyda sits on the edge of the Wilderwood, a magic forest that holds the monsters of the Shadowlands at bay but for a price. Every Second Daughter of the Valleydan royal family must be sacrificed to the Wolf of the Wilderwood in exchange for the kingdom's safety. Second Daughter Redarys has had 20 years to come to terms with her fate, even coming to embrace it. Upon entering the woods, she's immediately endangered by the bloodthirsty trees, but she escapes the trees by entering the Wolf's Keep. There she meets Eammon, the Wolf, who surprises her by giving her the option to return home. Afraid of hurting those she loves if she denies her destiny, Red chooses to stay. But the sentinel trees are dying, and if Red and Eammon can't stop the decay, the Shadowlands will break free. Whitten lovingly weaves in elements from other fairy tales, including "Beauty and the Beast" and "Snow White," while crafting a story that is all her own. With clever, immersive prose and a subtle touch of horror, this is sure to enchant. \n
Lovely fairy tale story & romance
I’ve had my eye on this book for a while before it came out, and I wasn’t disappointed! As you might guess, the story takes elements from the classic Red Riding Hood fairy tale, but it also combines bits and pieces of other stories like Beauty & the Beast and Snow White. Lovers of fables & fairy tales will definitely love this book.
The romance was really well done, building up the attraction and tension between the characters slowly to make it worth it. I give 4 stars instead of 5 because I felt like the characters were a bit melodramatic and cliche in some cases, acting a little too much like teen heroes instead of adults. Overall though I’m looking forward to the next book!
Plodding and circuitous. I finally gave up out of boredom the last quarter of the story and leafed through the conclusion without reading it.
Rich, verdant and beautiful
This is a wonderful rewrite of an old tale. Hannah has taken and created a complex and beautiful story. I love the descriptions of the forest especially.