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 order to save her kingdom. 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 Wilderwood – and her world – will be lost forever.
The first daughter is for the throne. The second daughter is for the wolf. These two sentences reeled me in straight away. Completely intrigued I couldn’t help but read on. This dark fantasy is inspired by Red Riding Hood and we see little glimpses of Beauty and the Beast in there too. The writing is gorgeous, it’s rich and descriptive with lovely detailed imagery. The atmosphere created by author is fabulous and really sets the tone for the novel. The forest scenes are unearthly and eerie and you can sense how wild and powerful this entity is. The world building and magic system are amazing, if somewhat complicated, and I did get a tad confused and had to flick back in the story a few times to clarify a few pointers. However it’s really fascinating and I loved it’s dark gruesomeness.
The characters are brilliant and I really enjoyed them all, particularly our two main characters. Redarys has always known her purpose in life is to be sacrificed to the Wolf, the ‘monster’ living in Wilderwood. She’s pretty calm about this and takes everything in her stride entering the forest with dignity and a strong will to survive. She’s a fighter and her loyalty and bravery shone through. Eammon has some of my favourite lead male character traits, mysterious, dark and brooding, but kind and loyal too, and I enjoyed his character development throughout. The romance is a slow burn, it’s very wholesome and sweet and did not over-shadow the plot. I loved the connection Eammon and Red had with the Wilderwood, that it became part of them and fused and intensified their magic.
For the Wolf is an wonderful fantasy debut and although I’m looking forward to the sequel part of me wishes this had been a standalone. Whilst there is some closure here, a little bit of tweaking at the end was all that was needed to wrap it all up nicely into one book. However, that being said I will definitely be reaching for the next instalment and can confirm this is the perfect read for all dark fantasy lovers.
Publication Date (UK): 1 June 2021
Series: The Wilderwood Book 1
Page Count: 438
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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