Red Hood’s Revenge

This is the third book in Jim C. Hines’ Princess Series, and overall it’s closer to the second book instead of the first.  I’ve enjoyed all of the books, and I look forward to reading the fourth book sometime soon.

Book StatsRed Hood's Revenge

337 pages

Fantasy, Satire

Third book in the series (Sequel to The Stepsister Scheme and The Mermaid’s Madness)

Characters

Much like the first two books, this one centers on the Danielle, Talia, and Snow.  But where the first book centered on Danielle and the second focused on Snow, this book deals more with Talia.  I think that Talia is a very interesting character, possibly the most interesting of the three with a very cool backstory.  But one of the most interesting characters in this book is Roudette, otherwise known as Little Red Riding Hood.  In Hines’ world she is known as The Lady of the Red Hood and is one of the most feared assassins in the world.

Setting

This book takes place in the country of Arathea, where Talia is originally from.

Plot

Early in the book Danielle receives a letter from Roudette saying that she has her sister Charlotte and will only release her if she comes in person to get her.  Obviously this is a trap, so Talia goes in her place to try and kill Roudette (who had come for Beatrice several years before the books take place).  We find out that Danielle was not Roudette’s actual target, but Talia was.  This leads them to travel back to Arathea to foil a plot created by the fairies who try to rule over the humans of the country.

Enjoyment

If that plot synopsis sounds a bit dull, well, it’s kind of hard to summarize the story without giving a lot away.  So instead I’ll talk more about what the book does with the story rather than exactly how it goes about it.  In the first two books, Talia seemed like a very closed person emotionally.  In this book she opens up quite a bit.  We also learn a lot more about her past and exactly why she is so distrustful of people.

Along with having a lot of really interesting fantasy elements wrapped around the stories we’re all familiar with, this book also does a lot with some interesting themes.  The biggest theme of the book is learning to trust again after having been burned in the past.  But while this is the biggest character theme, it’s not my favorite idea that the book deals with.  One of the themes introduced in the book is the use of a religion to try and control people.  It’s a very interesting idea that I don’t think is addressed often enough in our society.

While this book has a lot going for it, it does have a couple of flaws.  I still think that Hines’ use of multiple viewpoints is a little strange from time to time, with some strange scenes that seem to change viewpoints in the middle of the scene.  I think it’s better in this book than it was in The Mermaid’s Madness, but it’s still not as good as in some other books.  I was also a little annoyed with the pacing from time to time, the book was paced a lot like a thriller novel, where it seemed like it ended every chapter on a cliffhanger.  I thought it got a little annoying from time to time, but the book was short so it wasn’t too bad.

Overall Grade

Another really interesting book with a great take on classic fairy tales.

7/10

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2 Comments

  1. I like the look of this author – is this the author who wrote Libriomancer? I must read some of his books soon! Plus I love new takes on classic fairy tales.
    Lynn 😀

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    • Yep, same guy who wrote Libriomancer. I’ll have to pick that book up eventually, I’ve enjoyed all of the books that Hines has written thus far, and the premise for Libriomancer sounds interesting.

      All of these books are fun, although the first book in the Princess series has been my favorite thus far.

      Reply

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