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Dark, Adult #Fairytale – For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Title:  For the Wolf

Series: Wilderwood #1

Author: Hannah Whitten

Publisher: Orbit Books

Published: June 1st, 2021

Pages: 448

Rating: 3.5* 

My Review:

“The First Daughter is for the throne.
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf.
And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood.”

This is the first book in a new series, loosely based on fairytales, but including blood magic and self harm so definitely only for adults.

Twin sisters Neve and Red are the daughters of the Queen and have been brought up knowing their roles, Neve is to be the future Queen whilst Red is to be sacrificed to the Wolf living in the Wilderwood in an attempt to protect their kingdom and others from the monsters that live there and are kept away from them by the wood and the Wolf.

Red has accepted her fate and is actually quite relieved to go as she’s worried about a power she’s developed and can’t control. Neve, however, doesn’t want her twin to go, trying unsuccessfully to get her to run away instead. Following Red’s journey into the Wilderwood, life changes dramatically for both the twins in ways they’d never have dreamed of, even in their worst nightmares . . . .

This is a dark fantasy and start to a new series. It is a mix of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in parts but there are also other twists involving magic, religious beliefs, romance, legends, manipulative behaviour and murder. It is a battle between good and evil, where trying to save others puts temptation and resistance to the test, with dire consequences. The next book in the series is ‘For the Throne’ and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story develops!

Thank you to Orion Books and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

The author has issued content warnings for this book – you can read them at https://hannahfwhitten.com/2020/09/02/for-the-wolf-content-warnings/

Synopsis:

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.

“A brilliant dark fantasy debut!” —Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author

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