Red Hood's Revenge (Princess Novels Series #3)

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Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.

Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairies stands the woman Roudette ...

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Overview

Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.

Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairies stands the woman Roudette has been hired to kill, the only human ever to have fought the Lady of the Red Hood and survived-the princess known as Sleeping Beauty.

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The third of Hines's reimagined princess tales (after The Stepsister Scheme and The Mermaid's Madness) transcends its predecessors with exciting combat scenes and emotionally complex characters. Warrior princess Talia (Sleeping Beauty) killed the prince who raped her while she slept, and then fled the desert land of Arathea. When the prince's mother sends infamous shape-shifting assassin Roudette (Red Riding Hood) after her, Roudette, Talia, and fellow princess-adventurers Danielle (Cinderella) and Snow (Snow White) make an uncomfortable alliance against the real enemies: the capricious fairy powers who have kept Arathea under their control for over a hundred years. Far more than a modernized retelling, Hines's work is a real synthesis of cultural tropes into a unique world that is worth visiting again and again. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406080
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Princess Novels Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 516,814
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    Love it

    I bought this book.

    With this book I'm finally caught up on this series (until March at least) and it's this one that has the most complex, detailed world building of the three, which is saying something. Hines' Princess books follow the further adventures of Snow White (Snow, a talented sorceress), Cinderella (Danielle, happily married princess and mother) and Talia (Sleeping Beauty whose tale is possibly the most vicious of all), fairy tale princesses whose stories didn't quite turn out as legend would have you believe.

    In Red Hood's Revenge Danielle receives a letter from Red Riding Hood (who is now a widely feared assassin), a bold proclamation of her intent to kill Danielle for no other reason than she's been paid to. But like in all of Hines' books the plot (and the emotional story) is not so simple. When Snow and Talia come to Danielle's aid, the three of them find themselves magically transported to the exotic desert land where Talia's legend began-and where the Queen has put a death sentence on Talia's head.

    Talia must save old friends, defeat (again) the insidious fairy plot that was put in place when she was first "gifted" as a child, and save her kingdom from the Wild Hunt, which savages towns from dusk to dawn. Hines spins out the well-known fairy tale into a semi-religious and definitely political plot to destroy the human rulers of Talia's land and bring the world under fairy rule. Likewise the subplot of Talia facing up to her own rage over what really happened to her (I'll give you a hint if you haven't read any of these books yet-it wasn't the prince's kiss that awoke her) makes for a satisfying read on many levels.

    Readers won't be able to help but become personally involved with these princesses. They're brave, bold, strong and anything but helpless women waiting to be rescued. But Hines also holds respect for the classic feel of fairy tales, creating something strong enough, and interesting enough to stand on its own in the weight of the classic art of storytelling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

    Great Lighthearted Fantasy

    Mr. Hines takes us back to our childhood and lets our adult minds re-experience and re-enjoy past fairy tales as if they were just that, fairy tales. What if those stories had been told and retold so many times that seemingly innocuous details took on a life of their own? What if the story of Cinderella stealing her stepmother's carriage to sneak away to a royal ball was twisted into a tale of fancy, a fairy godmother and an enchanted onion?

    This is the world Jim Hines weaves, where the outrageous of the fairy tale is reduced to the mundane, but is replaced by an altogether enjoyable fantasy setting where Snow White is a bit of a flirt and Sleeping Beauty refuses to shut her eyes again. A feel-good romp through the memories of past years, mixed with some traditional fantasy and some refreshing heroine-driven adventures is certainly a recipe for a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Exciting story

    More brutal than the last one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Great book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesomeness

    I love this series <3

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Amazing!

    "The Stepsister Scheme" captivated me.
    "The Mermaid's Madness" had me brooding
    with a sweet delicious melancholy.
    "Red Hood's Revenge," completely blew me away.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    When your past comes back to get you . . .

    Jim C. Hines continues to surprise me. While the first two books in his Princess series were strong, this one was even better.

    Having created the scenario whereby Talia, Snow, and Danielle work for Queen Beatrice as her equivalent of Charlie's Angels in The Stepsister Scheme and complicated their relationship in The Mermaid's Madness, Hines sets out to settle some of their history in book three.

    As the book opens, things have been stable for about a year, but that stability won't last long. A package is delivered for Danielle (aka Cinderella). It contains a note and a toe--the note is from Roudette (the noted assassin also known as Little Red Riding Hood) and the toe belonged to Charlotte, one of Danielle's stepsisters. Roudette wants to meet with Danielle, alone, or Charlotte will die. Talia--and everyone else--knows this is a trap. Roudette must have a contract on Danielle, and there's no way that they're going to allow the meeting. Talia has tangled with Roudette before, and she knows exactly how dangerous this assassin can be.

    And, that, in a nutshell, is precisely the problem. Roudette doesn't want Danielle; she wants Talia. Talia's (former) in-laws have finally decided to take action against her, and it will take all three princesses to save the life of their friend and her former kingdom from the return of her curse . . .

    This is an excellent series, and I recommend it highly for those interested in fairy tales and those that like adventure fantasy in general

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    terrific fantasy

    As a child, Roudette witnessed the Hunt murder her grandmother. That was the impetus into turning her into the cold calculating assassin, Little Lady of the Red Hood.

    Roudette's current kill is Princess Talia better known as Sleeping Beauty. However, the trail to the royal leads Red to Talia's two regal pals, Princesses Danielle (Cinderella) and Snow (White). The three royals have come a long way but each vows one for all and all for one as they unite to find the individual who hired Red Hood. Their quest takes them to Arathea where Talia remaines wanted for murdering the prince who awakened her from her slumber.

    The latest Hines' royal treatment of female stars of fairy tale classics (see The Stepsister Scheme and The Mermaid's Madness) is a terrific fantasy that contains plenty of action and adventure, but also a much deeper look at the desires, motives and mental barriers of the lead trio than previously. Fast-paced, the somewhat thin plot focuses on Roudette's hunting of Talia who prefers to take the fight to the queen of assassins. Readers will enjoy the latest escapades while wondering who will sleep with whom; as the four ladies know for ever after is found exclusively in fairy tales.

    Harriet Klausner

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