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Blood Red (Elemental Masters #9)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,885 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
Rosamund is an Earth Master in the Schwarzwald, the ancient Black Forest of Germany. Since the age of ten, she has lived with her teacher, the Hunt Master and Earth Magician of the Schwarzwald Foresters, a man she calls “Papa.” Her adoptive Papa rescued her after her original Earth Master teacher, an old woman who lived alone in a small cottage in the forest, was brutally ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by DAW (first published January 1st 2014)
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Althea Ann
Aug 11, 2014 Althea Ann rated it did not like it
DNF page 235 of 312

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters? No, it's 'Little Red Riding Hood: Werewolf Hunter.'
Honestly, they're both ideas with plenty of potential. But I admit that I fell asleep on the movie, and well, Mercedes Lackey phoned this one in. I really liked her other recent release (House of the Four Winds) but this book completely lacks any kind of plot structure or dramatic tension. It doesn't even have much action... it's a lot of blah blah blah about what people wore, ate, etc.
Sep 29, 2014 Kara rated it it was ok

The main character, Rosa-not-Mary-Sue, is awesome at everything, most especially magic and hand-to-hand combat.

Both activities burn a lot of calories, which is lucky, because when she’s not being 100% awesome with her ability to do anything, especially take down monsters, she’s constantly eating the dense cuisine of Eastern Europe.

But using magic and hunting down bad guys quickly burns up what she eats, so she has no trouble fitting into her either her fighting-time leather corset or party-tim
Aug 11, 2015 Nan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nan by: Kate
I found this to be a good, refreshing entry in Lackey's long-running Elemental Masters series. Like all of Lackey's books, this series is "hit or miss." I can't quite decide yet if this book was a strong "hit" for me, but it felt a little too slow. It takes a long while for the major plot to get started, but all of the character building that comes before it is also necessary. I honestly didn't know where the novel was going to go in several places. Since Lackey is occasionally terribly predicta ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Blood Red is probably my second favorite book in the Elemental Masters series so far (second only to Phoenix and Ashes). Little Red Riding Hood grows up and hunts werewolves (and the occasional vampir) in Transylvania and Romania. There is also (of course) a romantic element, but the book ends with (view spoiler)

Somewhat predictable at times, and I would also mention a tr
Jun 06, 2014 Viccy rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Turns out Little Red Riding Hood was an Elemental Earth Master, who managed to call out to other Masters who came and rescued her and, in turn, taught her how to hunt the bogeyman. Now, Rosa leads hunts herself, against the evil creatures. She has been called to Romania to kill a vampire and also finds a werewolf who is unlike any she has ever seen. After dispatching the, she returns to Germany and meets the Master of the White Lodge who asks her to join his group. Her first task is to travel ba ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Miranda rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have not read any of the other books in this series. This book did just fine as a standalone, balancing between explaining the rules of the world and moving forward with the story. I very much enjoyed it and plan on picking up some of the other books in the series now.

Rosa shares an origin story with Little Red Riding Hood, but that's all these two really have in common. Rosa is an Earth Master in a world where all magic is connected to one of the four elements. When she finds the woman who is
Mar 19, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
I liked this retelling of Red Riding Hood. I believe it's just as dark as the original. Add some magic and you have this book.
Blood Red has good bones. That is to say, it has a decent plot, fairly good characters, and a nice original setting. What it suffers from is a distinct overabundance of narration. WAY TOO MUCH explaining, over-analyzing, navel-gazing, dead-horse beating, info-dumping, you name it, this book has it. Which is too bad, because premise-wise this was one of the better Elemental series entries lately.

If you trimmed out all the endless explanations of what every character had done, was doing, and was
Apr 21, 2016 J.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2016
It's always fun to return to one of my favorite series, and it's even better when that series manages to consistently surprise you. Though there have been some departures, Lackey's formula for her Elemental Masters series has been "Traditional fairy tale retold in historical (mostly British) urban fantasy setting and concludes with female elemental master living happily ever with male elemental master of appropriate opposing element."

Blood Red, though it happily exists in the same world as the r
Kristin Taggart
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“Rosamund is an Earth Master in the Schwarzwald, the ancient Black Forest of Germany. Since the age of ten, she has lived with her teacher, the Hunt Master and Earth Magician of the Schwarzwald Foresters, a man she calls “Papa.” Her adoptive Papa rescued her after her original Earth Master teacher, an old woman who lived alone in a small cottage in the forest, was brutally murdered by werewolves. Rosa hersel
Heather Wickett
Feb 05, 2015 Heather Wickett rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Contrary to most of Lackey's works, there isn't a nicely wrapped up romantic ending (spoiler?). Even though it is pretty implied - you know who is going to end up together - it was nice that story ended on a more independent note. Still, I think I'll be taking a break from Lackey. Sometimes I admire her ability to just churn respectably written books out, like Terry Brooks, but lack of editing and continuity gets a little ridiculous
May 07, 2015 TheCosyDragon rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Rosamund is the first female Hunt Master. When her first elemental teacher is killed by a werewolf, Rosa is spirited away to a Hunt Lodge where she will make her fame and fortune hunting down others like it. She doesn’t expect to met anyone friendly who might ever have been a werewolf, and holds this prejudice against all werewolves – even cute o
I ran into the word picaresque the other day and looked up it's meaning: an episodic style prose of the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero. I thought Mercedes Lackey's story and main character, elemental Earth Master Rosamund, sort of fell into this category. While Rosa is not dishonest per se, she is "cheating" the social norms and behaving in the more accepted male role. She's a bit of a rogue in her career as a Hunt Master, and a good one, chasing down vampires and werewol ...more
Abbey Marie
Dec 12, 2015 Abbey Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-reading
This might be my second favorite book of the Elemental Masters series that I've read, second only to "Home from the Sea". I really like Rosa's character- all of the heroines in this series have grit, but Rosa REALLY steps it up a notch. A word to those who have overactive imaginations like myself: do not read the last few chapters before bed. This is a much darker tale than most of the others in the series, and I stayed up later than usual thinking about what I just read!

As always Lackey does a
Pepper Thorn
Jun 22, 2015 Pepper Thorn rated it really liked it
First off, let me say that I really like the Elemental Masters series. The world that Mercedes Lackey has built for these books fascinates me. When I saw this one in the new paperbacks section of my local bookstore, I bought it immediately. I didn't even read the back, because I knew I wanted to read it regardless of the blurb text. And I wasn't wrong.

Each of the books in the series borrows heavily from a fairy tale. They aren't retellings exactly. But they do take a premise or a character or t
Feb 08, 2015 Annette rated it liked it
Lackey is an almost ridiculously prolific author, and as is hardly surprising given her sheer volume, there is a certain sameness to it all after a while.

This book, which I now see is #10 in the series, was pretty underwhelming. I considered putting it down before I'd finished the first couple of chapters, but stuck with it due to a current shortage of replacement books ready to hand. It got better, but only a little.
Like most of her series, it was fairly easy to start reading a random book in
Jan 19, 2015 notyourmonkey rated it liked it
A vast, vast improvement on earlier books in the series, though that is faint praise, indeed. (And yet, and yet I still read them all.) The pacing is still weird, but Lackey went with the bold choice of actually having things happen at multiple points during the story. In fact, I somewhat wonder if this is the start of another sub-arc in the overall Elemental Masters series, as otherwise there are large swathes of the book that seem disconnected from each other. The training montage/lavish house ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 13, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
Tenth in the Elemental Masters paranormal fantasy series and revolving around some version of a fairy tale. The focus here is on Rosa von Schwarzwald.

My Take
It starts with a slight twist on the Red Riding Hood tale.

Just reading Rosa's thoughts of the trials of the journey back is enough to make me grateful for airplanes — even if they do come with all this excess security. Certainly Rosa appreciates the comforts provided by the treasure that Gheorghe and Matei give her. Rosa's thoughts on the go
Aug 11, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book in the ongoing Elemental Masters series was the little tastes of folklore, especially the Romanian parts that popped up. Also, I enjoyed the way that the story came full circle thematically, which I can't explain without giving away part of the story.
Like the other books in this series, it has some connection or parallel to a classic folktale, in this case the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Much better than the recent film adaptations, this on
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omar

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This is the tenth book in the Elemental Masters series and the story gives a new portrayal to the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Like the story of Little Red Riding Hood, Rosamund or Rosa goes to see her teacher Grossmutter Helga (Grandmother in German) to find her dead by the hand of a werewolf. She is able to call for help and is saved by the Hunt of the Bruderschaft (Brotherhood in German) of Master Elementals. They se
The woman who helped me at Barnes and Noble told me she was a huge Lackey fan but this book was different and while she really enjoyed it, it had a different feel to it than some of her other Elemental Masters. I had asked if this would be another book I should wait and buy in paperback so I can read it over and over again on long trips. I ended up getting the hardcover since I wasn't sure what I'd think of the story.

Whenever Mercedes Lackey comes out with a new Elemental Masters I am usually fi
Sep 18, 2014 Silvia rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
This is officially the first book of Mercedes Lackey I haven't finished. In fact, I never made it past the first quarter and I kept asking me why I didn't like it. It's got magic, it's set (partly) in Germany, I'm familiar enough with the Black Forest to conjure up images, and it's a re-telling of Little Red Ridinghood. Sure bet, huh. Weeeell... nope. Not this time. I must have some 40 of her books (the ones I listed here aren't all I have, I was merely too lazy to get up and go through the shel ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Hmm. This is the second book by Ms. Lackey recently that I've not enjoyed nearly as much as past books. Blood Red was ok, but it was slooooooooooooooooow and way too heavy on description with very little action. And really, we understood that "normal" village girls wear skirts, not pants. You didn't have to tell us multiple times!

And somewhere along the way, there were a few inconsistencies that bugged the crap out of me. Rosa & Markos have the same conversations twice, mere pages apart, wit
Feb 08, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
I have very much enjoyed this entire series and seeing how Lackey takes the inspiration of a fairy tale and turns it into something else.

I liked this one, especially, because throughout the entire story, the heroine has to face prejudices that were common and expected in the time period. I liked that she mentions the scandalous looks Rosa receives when she walks through town in her hunting leathers - pants- and not the socially accepted skirts of the time. I like how she has to deal with her own
Apr 26, 2015 Wednesday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately the Elemental Masters books have been a bit formulaic (and I'm okay with that). This book breaks out of the "sweet damsel in need who doesn't know she's magical comes upon the man/men who will save her and teach her about her magic and love while fixing all the problems". I'm okay with the formula, but this book really stands out to me because it's not that same formula.

The leading lady in this book takes care of herself, isn't explicitly involved in a love story, rescues a guy friend (ac
Sarah Wynde
Jan 23, 2015 Sarah Wynde added it
Shelves: 2015
I grabbed this book at the library on Tuesday, because I remembered enjoying previous books by the author. None of them survived the purge before my last cross-country move, though, so it had been a while. This one, I did not enjoy. The heroine is super-competent, judgmental, and absolutely boring. I kept thinking the story would get better, but I never had a moment where I cared whether she lived or died (or, in fact, doubted that anything except triumph for her was in the cards). She had a bad ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
This addition to the elemental masters series is leaps and bounds better than last years' offering. The story moved along, and, thank god, the main character actually had a good deal of agency.

As with all of Lackey's more recent books, it suffers from the lack of a editing. Minor inconsistencies remain, though none that undermine the story. A good editor could also correct inevitable typos and a tendency toward redundancy.

I would have enjoyed reading more about Rosa's early training and how sh
Brian Palmer
Oct 19, 2014 Brian Palmer rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This series is (intentionally?) somewhat formulaic, but this struck me as even more formulaic than most of the others. On the other hand, I might have been somewhat sensitive to the formula, as I am in the midst of a novel book dry spell.

This is tweaking Little Red Riding Hood to fit into the Elemental Masters series; it also is moving outside of England into Germany and even parts of Eastern Europe (Romania, Hungary), which provides some refreshing novelty. (And, in an addition to the world bu
Rosa is forever changed the day a shifter kills her grandmother, in the exciting opening chapter of this latest in the Elemental Masters series. Fast forward an unspecified number of years, and Rosa is now an Earth Master and a Hunt Master, one who is skilled at hunting and killing monsters in the forested realms of Germany and Austria. She is good at what she does because she doesn't use much magic, she uses silver weapons and her own fighting prowess. And she is terrified of shifters. Finishin ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it
“Blood Red” is part of the Elemental Masters series and the book combines bits of old fairy tales, and adds in a touch of horror to create a book that is hard to put down. Rosamund is an Earth Master and as a child, she and her parents have to leave the city to live in a small village so that Rosamund is not exposed to the poisoned earth, that is the result of too many people and improper care of noxious chemicals and such. There is an older Earth Master in the area and when Rosamund goes to vis ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Elemental Masters (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters, #0)
  • The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters, #1)
  • The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters, #2)
  • Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters, #3)
  • The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters, #4)
  • Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters, #5)
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  • Home from the Sea (Elemental Masters, #7)
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