The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.
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.
For The Wolf is an imaginative and intelligent tale, a real sense of a classic fairytale retold, I absolutely loved it and the world created.
Two sisters, one destined to be Queen one destined for sacrifice to the Wilderwood and the wolf who lies within. What Red finds when she faces her fate is unexpected and terrifying and the ties that bind her to her sister will set off an out of control set of events..
The descriptive sense of the prose is absolutely gorgeous, immersing the reader straight into this strange, unknown world, where dark things lurk and magic is hiding around every corner. The sisters are both utterly intriguing, the mythology created is both nuanced and clever.
The ending is pitch perfect, making you desperate for book two. For The Wolf is no Disney world of happy endings but one viewed through a glass darkly, it is thrilling, romantic and complex, totally gripping from first page to last.
If you are a reader who prefers your fairytales Grimm, this one is for you. The inspirations and roots of For The Wolf are plain to see and Hanbah Whitten runs with it all the way down the proverbial rabbit hole.
Bound to be one of my favourites of the year. Highly recommended.