Blood Red [NOOK Book]

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Rosamund is an Earth Master in the Schwarzwald, the ancient Black Forest of Germany. Since the age of ten, she has lived with her teacher, the Hunt Master and Earth Magician of the Schwarzwald Foresters, a man she calls “Papa.” Her adoptive Papa rescued her after her original Earth Master teacher, an old woman who lived alone in a small cottage in the forest, was brutally murdered by werewolves. Rosa herself barely escaped, and this terrifying ...
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Blood Red

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Rosamund is an Earth Master in the Schwarzwald, the ancient Black Forest of Germany. Since the age of ten, she has lived with her teacher, the Hunt Master and Earth Magician of the Schwarzwald Foresters, a man she calls “Papa.” Her adoptive Papa rescued her after her original Earth Master teacher, an old woman who lived alone in a small cottage in the forest, was brutally murdered by werewolves. Rosa herself barely escaped, and this terrifying incident molded the course of her future.

For like her fellow Earth Masters of the Schwarzwald Lodge, Rosa is not a healer. Instead, her talents lead her on the more violent path of protection and defense— “cleansing” the Earth and protecting its gentle fae creatures from those evil beings who seek to do them harm.

And so Rosa becomes the first woman Hunt Master and the scourge of evil creatures, with a deadly specialty in werewolves and all shape­shifters.

While visiting with a Fire Master—a friend of her mentor from the Schwarzwald Lodge— Rosa meets a pair of Elemental Magicians from Hungary who have come looking for help. They suspect that there is a dark power responsible for a string of murders happening in the remote countryside of Transylvania, but they have no proof. Rosa agrees to help them, but there is a catch: one of the two men asking for aid is a hereditary werewolf.

Rosa has been taught that there are three kinds of werewolves. There are those, like the one that had murdered her teacher, who transform themselves by use of dark magic, and also those who have been infected by the bite of these magical werewolves—these poor victims have no control over their transforma­tive powers. Yet, there is a third kind: those who have been born with the ability to trans­form at will. Some insist that certain of these hereditary werewolves are benign. But Rosa has never encountered a benign werewolf!

Can she trust this Hungarian werewolf? Or is the Hunter destined to become the Hunted?
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Rosamund lives with her Earth Magician mentor deep in Germany's Black Forest. As the first woman Hunt Master, she carries a heavy responsibility: She must vanquish the werewolves and shapeshifters who would destroy the fae creatures from the forest. As if her job wasn't dangerous enough, Rosamund's latest assignment has a disconcerting wrinkle: One of the two Elemental Magicians who have come from Hungary to ask her assistance is a werewolf. Having witnessed the savage violence of the species before, she cannot stop worrying even as she pursues her mission. A fantasy novel by a popular genre author whose work perfectly blends suspense and human feeling.

Library Journal
05/15/2014
Little Red Riding Hood grows up to be a dangerous hunter of shape-shifters and magic abusers in this latest series entry (after 2013's Steadfast). Having trained all her life to protect the inhabitants of Germany's forests from rampaging werewolves, Rosa of Schwarzwald is called on by another lodge in England to help eradicate a werewolf pack that might be controlled by a rogue Elemental Master. VERDICT Although she shifts gears between an oddly girlish interest in pretty dresses and hardheaded hunt master, Rosa remains a typical, strong Lackey heroine. The author has an army of fans, and while this series lacks some of the satisfying emotional angst of her Valdemar books, it will be in demand with those who can't get enough Lackey.
Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Lackey’s long-awaited ninth Elemental Masters fairy tale (after Steadfast) will satisfy her eager fans. As a budding Earth mage in 19th-century Europe, young Rosa studied deep in the Schwarzwald forest of Germany under the tutelage of her adopted grandmother, until the day the wolf literally came to her door. Some years later, having come fully into her Mastery of Earth, Rosa is called to hunt the same creatures that haunt her past and who set her on her current path—assuming her training for polite society doesn’t kill her first. The action and dialogue flow freely, mingling with beautiful descriptions of European countryside and just a hint of romance. However, despite a well-developed heroine and engaging story, the novel falls short of its full potential, feeling somewhat like a rewritten role-playing adventure. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101637890
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Series: Elemental Masters , #10
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 6,487
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    I'm torn.

    So much of the author's more current books have been so lackluster & identical, i'm not sure if i WANT to keep reading anything she's written in the past few years, or into the future. Which is a shame, because she WAS my favorite author. Lackey, in case you ever do read this, i beg you, lose the 'script' you've been using for the past few years. I KNOW i am hardly the only one that feels you've lost your way!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2014

    Another Elemental Masters Success!

    I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy the series. Thank you Ms. Lackey VERY VERY much! Please Keep hem coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Great

    She has done it again.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    I just couldn't engage with this book.  Like others I felt the s

    I just couldn't engage with this book.  Like others I felt the story was lackluster.  There was no overall tie in to the larger Elemental Masters series and the characters were trite knock offs.  There are inconsistencies in the story that should have been edited out as well. I'm so gad I got this from the library and didn't actually purchase it.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

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    Mercedes Lackey is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She is

    Mercedes Lackey is one of my all-time favorite authors.  She is incredibly prolific and has a fantastic gift for storytelling.  Blood Red is the latest in Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters series.  These are all stand-alone books connected only by the world they live in and rules of that world.  Ms. Lackey has written her version of a fairy tale in Firebird (Fairy Tales, #1) , The Black Swan (Fairy Tales, #2)  and her Five Hundred Kingdoms series now she writes her twist on the Little Red Riding Hood tale and sets it in the world of her Elemental Masters.  Where the earlier books in this series had a bit of romance in them it is rather lacking in this book.  There is some flirting and a hint of perhaps a future but if you are reading this for romance. Don’t.  If you are reading this for a damn good story by all means you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Very Good Read!

    Blood Red is an excellent, easy to read book in Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Magic series. She handles the female lead character with skill and tact in a world that was very male dominated. In that regard, the female lead did not encounter much opposition to her gender, which was very atypical. The conflicts in the story are very straight forward with very little complexity or setbacks other than the textbook style, tragedy in childhood, and one of her hunting partners does something stupid and needs to be rescued.

    I found the story to be easy and enjoyable, but relatively short. I would like to see an additional story or two written as a sequel. There is so much left open that I'm sure it would be possible. Otherwise, I definitely recommend this book as an easy, enjoyable afternoon read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    For M Lackey fans

    If you like her---she is one of my all-time favorites and I reread her titles weekly---you'll like this. Great treatment of a powerful confident aggressive female character. Almost no romance and a slow story. If you're a fan try it. If new to her try another title in this series--- I loved "The Wizard of London". -

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    It was an interesting story but not as good as most of her other

    It was an interesting story but not as good as most of her other elemental masters books. There's a lot of description of the differences
    of traveling 1st & 3rd class from different locations and the meals that people are eating. There's not a lot of tension between people.
    I think it would have been more interesting if there was more tension between the masters and the people that they're trying to help. 
    A bigger puzzle to solve of the evil that's endangering the towns or a bigger emotional conflict of the main character as she confronts 
    that which attacked her as a child.

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