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Red Hood's Revenge, by Jim C. Hines Genre: Fantasy Publisher: DAW Published: 2010 Review Posted: 7/6/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Red Hood's Revenge, by Jim C. Hines
Book Review by Joshua Palmatier
Have you read this book?
Red Hood's Revenge is the third book in Jim C. Hines' Princess series and I have to say that it is by far the best. In fact, I think it's the best book Jim has written to date.
The main idea is that Little Red Riding Hood isn't as innocent as you
might think and has become the Lady of the Red Hood, one of the
kingdom's best assassins. She has been bested in the past only once by
Talia (Sleeping Beauty) when she made an attempt on Queen Bea's life.
Now, Red Hood had returned to the kingdom of Lorindar, ostensibly in an
attempt to kill Danielle (Cinderella) but with perhaps the added benefit
that she'll get to face off against Talia again. Who has hired her and
why is a mystery that must be solved, even as they attempt to keep
Danielle and Talia alive.
If I say anything more, I'll ruin one of the twists and turns that the
plot takes throughout the novel, so I'll shut up now. Suffice it say
that the plot centers more around Red Hood and Talia--and specifically
Talia--and that it is the most solid and focused plot that Jim Hines has
written to date, which is why I enjoyed the book so much. The main
idea was clear, the plotting and characters strong and focused, and we
delved into a different part of this world that was both interesting and
different and brought out a tremendous amount of Talia's past and the
"real" story behind Sleeping Beauty. And this is why I think I liked
this book better than the first two: it's focus was on one of the three
main characters. The first book, The Stepsister Scheme, was focused on Danielle, but wasn't really that in depth about her back story. And the second book, The Mermaid's Madness,
wasn't really about any of the three characters. But this book not
only involved Talia, but the main plot was also deeply entwined with
Talia's back story, and THAT is what hooked me and kept me interested.
It was well thought out, and the twists came at the perfect moments.
The issues I had with the book were incredibly small. First, I'm not sure it should have been called Red Hood's Revenge,
since the focus was so much on Talia instead of the Lady of the Red
Hood. The Red Hood was the catalyst for the events revolving around
Talia, and she certainly had a significant role to play in those events,
but in the end the book was more about Talia than her or her revenge.
So the title is slightly misleading. Again, a minor quibble that didn't
detract from the book at all.
My second extremely minor quibble is with the one chapter that dealt
with the battle before the castle. I simply wanted the battle to have
been more . . . visceral I guess. More emotionally involving. There is
a lot of heightening of tensions leading up to the battle, with
attempts to forestall it and such, so when the battle inevitably began I
felt it didn't have quite the weight that it we'd been lead to believe
it would have. I think this is because the three main characters
weren't involved in the battle itself much (except for Talia at the
beginning), so Hines kept the focus on them instead, but I still felt
the battle was glossed over a little too much. An extremely minor
quibble that only affected that one chapter.
Overall, an excellent book, interesting and involving and with a strong,
tight plot that kept me reading. Bravo, Jim! I look forward to the
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