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For the Wolf (The Wilderwood, 1) (edición 2021)

por Hannah Whitten (Autor)

Series: The Wilderwood (1)

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The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood. 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.… (más)
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Título:For the Wolf (The Wilderwood, 1)
Autores:Hannah Whitten (Autor)
Info:Orbit (2021), 480 pages
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One Sentence Summary: As the Second Daughter, Red is for the Wolf of the darkly magical Wilderwood, but she quickly learns the stories are not quite accurate, and her older sister is desperate to do anything to get her back.

Overall

The best way I can describe For the Wolf is "Little Red Riding Hood" wanders into Disney's Beauty and the Beast, but Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs doesn't want to be eclipsed and "The Snow Queen" is desperate to dig her claws in. For anyone looking for an easy fantasy read that scrambles fairy tales together, this is a magical read. Otherwise, for those looking for a "Little Red Riding Hood" retelling, this isn't it. I loved how easy it was to fly through the story. As fantasy, it's probably one of the least complicated plots with just a couple of major ones running through it. It's really more of a love story, which was sweet, and about the bond between twin sisters, which was powerful. In reality, as the first in a trilogy, For the Wolf is almost entirely set up, so it felt like only the first major plot point in the overall story was hit.

Extended Thoughts

Valleyda is the only country that borders the Wilderwood, where the Five Kings have been imprisoned for centuries. It's cold and frozen, but holds power over the rest of the world as it's sacrifice to the Wolf may one day bring back the Five Kings. The sacrifice? Any second daughter born to the queen. There have only been three, and Red is about to be the fourth.

Neve, as the older twin, is for the throne. Red, the younger twin, is for the Wolf, to be sent to the Wilderwood on her twentieth birthday if the Mark doesn't appear on her arm beforehand and pulls her to the Wilderwood. Four years before, Neve and Red tried to destroy the woods, but Red instead ended up with a splinter of magic she's had to work hard to suppress since. It doesn't stop Neve and her intended Arick, who loves Red more, from trying to keep Red from the Wilderwood. But Red is ready to go, ready to protect her loved ones from the strange magic she now possesses.

In the Wilderwood, the Wolf only wants to send Red away, to release her from the duties his parents doomed him to, even if it means bleeding himself dry. He holds her at a distance, but Red is determined to stay, just as, back in the capital, Neve is determined to somehow free her sister, quickly becoming tangled in a priestess's scramble for power. The Wilderwood, though, wants something, needs something.

For the Wolf is a satisfying read to fairy tale lovers. It's an interesting blend of multiple tales that end up working well together. The world is detailed, especially the Wilderwood, and the characters have motivations that run deep. However, it's all completely world building and set up. The main story in this first book almost felt like an afterthought, but was certainly twisted in a darkly fun kind of way.

I flew through this book, constantly surprised with just how easy it was to read. I usually expect fantasy to be more on the cumbersome and complex side, but this one is, pleasantly, not. It's almost quick and easy and the story flows really well. But, by the time I was nearing the end, I realized most of the book was set up and world building. The world and its history is neatly laid out and makes thorough sense and the Wilderwood is describe in aching detail. Since most of the story is set in the Wilderwood, it pays close attention to detail and works hard to bring it to life. It's dark and creepy and full of monsters lurking just below the surface. I would definitely not want to go into it. Other than one sister trying to free the other and the other trying to get the Wolf to let her stay, there wasn't actually a ton going on.

Most of For the Wolf is wrapped up in the love story between Red and the Wolf. It's expected, predictable, but they take a long time to get there. Red is determined to do her duty, to aid the Wolf in his, while the Wolf is desperate to get Red out of there, to protect her at all costs until he has no choice because she's that stubborn. I loved Red and the Wolf. Their hurts and pains run deep, rivaled only by their stubbornness. It was fun to read about the Wolf trying to sidestep her all the time, but I wish to have gotten some of the story from his perspective, to make the romance just a little stronger because reading his feelings was really hard. He's scarred and hurting and is desperate to protect.

The rest of the story was that of sisters. As twins, Neve and Red are close. Neve is willing to do anything to get her sister back, while Red seems to choose the Wolf over her sister, though she'll be there for Neve as much as she can. Neve has no idea just how wrong the stories can be, so is easily lured into a priestess's trap. Kiri wants power and is willing to manipulate everyone around her, using their desires to twist them into doing what she wants. It's a dark, delicious plot and I really want more of Kiri and her deviousness.

For the Wolf is a bloodthirsty book. It's stark and works hard to make the Wilderwood a forbidding place. It's strength is in the world building, though I couldn't really say how exactly the magic works, and the deep characterizations. Every character wants something, and those somethings often clash as some have the real stories and others have what the world wants to believe, and they're all willing to bleed. There was so much bleeding I was almost nauseous. Initially, everything seemed quite black and white: save the Five Kings and the world will be set right. Except the stories twisted the truth.

For the Wolf delivers as a book of fairy tales. It's dark and romantic with a detailed world and incredible characters. I do wish it had pulled back on the "Little Red Riding Hood" a bit as it felt a little confining and like it was trying too hard to tie into the title, but, overall, I liked that it's a relatively uncomplicated fantasy and focuses on romantic and sisterly love.

Thank you to Angela Man at Orbit for a review copy. All opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  The_Lily_Cafe | May 29, 2022 |
Another case of a book with a misleading blurb. This was not like the Bird and the Nightingale.

So for one this was may more Beauty and the Beast than Red Riding Hood. But dark. And edgy.

One issue was with the presentation of the world building. Everybody was talking about an event that was obviously plot-relevant and they all knew about, but the reader doesn't. This did not interest me in the story, it only pissed me off.

I also just could not vibe with the characters from Red's side. I couldn't buy why anybody liked her when Red clearly did absolutely nothing to reciprocate those feelings (possibly with the exception of her sister). This would have been okay if it was only the setup to the story, but we kept switching back to them and I just did not care.

So - nope. Don't need it for bingo so I'm dropping it. ( )
  Tikimoof | Feb 17, 2022 |
Oh this was GREAT--Whitten has written this incredible blend of great worldbuilidng and compelling characters, which I think is a much harder balance to strike than folks know. There's so much incredible tension building that made me want to keep reading, and I think the motivations and conflicts between characters are so compelling without being like very frustrating, which--frustrating isn't bad in the storytelling, but here I think it makes the story all the more heart-rending, because there aren't really easy answers to solving the conflicts.

Also can we just say: that SLOW BURN. The SEXUAL TENSION. We love that for us all. What a book, and ooo what a wait we now have for the sequel! ( )
  aijmiller | Oct 25, 2021 |
With For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten, the cover gives off such a Red Riding Hood vibe, that I knew I had to read it. Thankfully, I was not disappointed in the slightest. Red is every bit as strong as you would expect, and the Wolf is, well, pretty damn intimidating and frustrating and tragic and good and complex and…

For the Wolf isn’t just Red’s story, however. We also get to meet her twin sister, who is the exact opposite of Red in almost every way. This means that her portions of the story, while important for building the main conflict of the series, are less…impressive…than Red’s. Neve is insipid and uninspiring, and you want to just roll your eyes and groan at the ease with which others manipulate her.

Thankfully, Neve’s scenes are small interludes from Red’s adventures. Red has such a passion for life and for duty that it is infectious. Plus, she can differentiate between the few versus the many, something Neve is wholly incapable of doing, which means she fights for what is right for all and not just for her. She is willing to sacrifice her own happiness if it means that her country will be better for it. Better yet, she does not back down from fear or intimidation. In other words, she is my kind of girl.

With a supporting cast of memorable characters, lots of action, and plenty of romance, For the Wolf exceeded my expectations in every way. So much so that I am now going to be stalking Ms. Whitten for information about the sequel because, as is always the case in series, the wait is going to be a long one! ( )
  jmchshannon | Oct 9, 2021 |
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The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood. 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.

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