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Red Hood's Revenge (Princess #3)

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Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.

Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and
Paperback, 337 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by DAW (first published June 9th 2010)
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Oh, man, I loved this one. It’s the best book in the series so far, and it follows the best character in the series. Spoilers for books one and two unavoidable in the paragraphs to follow.

Talia Malak-el-Dahshat, aka Sleeping Beauty, is by far the most conflicted and complicated character in this series, and it’s her fairy-tale past we get to dive into this time. Talia carries around the emotional trauma of her past and wears it like armor. Talia’s time as a fairy-tale princess is a cruel joke–ev
May 14, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls in red hoods, Disney Princesses who can cut a bitch
Jim C. Hines's Princess series is just thoroughly enjoyable light fantasy. Not brilliant or radically inventive, but it's perfect comfort reading. The third book in the series gets a little bit further away from the "Disney Princess" tropes and more into Hines's own world, even if it is a very recognizable medieval fantasy world with all the usual genre staples. But he does a lot more with the different kinds of fairies, and this time Danielle (aka Cinderella), Snow (White), and Talia (aka Sleep ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
A little less compelling than "The Mermaid's Madness," as it's a pretty straightforward "Find bad guy, destroy bad guy" plot, but there were also plenty of points worth praise. First, the plot is entirely Talia-centric, which is cool because she's the most secretive character AND probably my favorite. In this chapter of the princess' adventures, Talia has an open relationship (open as in not hidden, not as in polyamorous) with Faziya, her first love. Also most of the action takes place in her ho ...more
You have many Princesses in literature and movies. There's Princess Leia who got to shot people; there's Belle who got a library; there's Princess Moonbeam, who got to (okay, I can't remember what Moonbeam got, but she got something). There's Eowyn who got Faramir, but more importantly got RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING!

Who wouldn't want to be a princess?

After all,princess get clothes that look heavy, they get to wear shoes that look painful, they get talking animals (so how they eat meat, I don't un
Joshua Palmatier
Jul 26, 2010 Joshua Palmatier rated it really liked it
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 Lori
Apr 03, 2011 Algernon rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
[5/10] : I'm a big fan of Jig the Goblin books, but this series just isn't working for me. The concept of fairytale revisionism is interesting and has potential, but the execution while competent left me cold about all the characters. I would have prefered a comic approach in the style of Christopher Moore instead of this high drama and heroic intensity. I'm also feeling that each book in this Princess series is a little less than its predecessor.
Oct 09, 2014 Felix rated it liked it
This is a good read. It did not hold my interest as the prior 2 did.
While I didn't find 'Red Hood's Revenge' to be as enjoyable as its two previous instalments, it is still very good. Excellent worldbuilding, mythology and history on Arathea, the Arabic-influenced homeland of Princess Talia (Sleeping Beauty). The writing of different perspectives from each of the characters, describing what they are thinking and feeling, is also wonderfully done.

More magical power, more political power, more deceptive and dangerous fae, more fae rules made to be broken, and a lo
May 28, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
You can't see me, but I'm shaking my head at how good this series is. It's so much fun and while reading, I can't help speculating, hoping, shipping, and getting emotional over the characters and events that occur. I've thrown myself into each book of the series so far because I just can't resist them! I think about them all the time. I've literally fallen asleep daydreaming about the characters more than once. They've pulled me away from video games and comic books with how deeply immersive and ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Nan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim C. Hines continues to surprise me. While the first two books in his Princess series were strong, this one was even better.

Having created the scenario whereby Talia, Snow, and Danielle work for Queen Beatrice as her equivalent of Charlie's Angels in The Stepsister Scheme and complicated their relationship in The Mermaid's Madness, Hines sets out to settle some of their history in book three.

As the book opens, things have been stable for about a year, but that stability won't last long. A pack
Sep 26, 2016 Tani rated it really liked it
I think that this was my favorite book of the series so far. The pacing was great. I would pick it up to read a few pages, and find myself simply unable to stop. There was so much happening that I would just get drawn into the story immediately. I read the entire book over the weekend, despite not really spending a ton of time reading at all. It just moved so quickly.

I also really enjoyed the setting of Arathea. This is Talia's home country, and I definitely think it's the most interesting sett
Jun 17, 2011 Kayt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Alluded to in a previous book, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood is definitely not a fairy tale: the Lady of the Red Hood is a powerful assassin, and only Talia--a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty--is known to have faced her and lived. So when they have to work together to face some demons of the past, neither is particularly happy.

As with the other Princess Tales stories, this one takes traditional fairy tales and turns them on their heads. And as with the other stories, this one involves a lot of butt-ki
Feb 27, 2015 Rayna rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The princesses' adventures continue in a new land with lots of new enemies to fight.

The good:

- a deadly assassin whose motives and loyalties are unclear makes things interesting
- further development of Talia, Danielle, and Snow and their relationships to each other
- deeper delving into Talia's backstory
- a lesbian love interest for Talia is introduced (finally!)

The bad:

- wasted opportunity to explore Arathea and see more of Talia's culture and people (the country is largely populated by fairies
Blodeuedd Finland
Jan 31, 2016 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In this one Roudette aka Red Riding comes after . See Red is an assassin, and Talia did have her share of...troubles in the homeland.

So it's up to Talia aka Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White to stop her.

There is dangers, murder and fairies gone bad (but then some would say they are always bad, many would so in fact).

I really meant to make it short, and could have ended it there, but it feels so a few more words?

A very light fantasy. Feisty heroines that take matters in their
May 01, 2012 T-Dub rated it did not like it
I couldn't make it through this book. I'd heard good things, but it was worse than the previous two. I got about halfway through, about page 150ish, and had to get a different book. I have high hopes for his goblin series though.
Feb 06, 2016 Mei rated it it was ok
I finished this, but didn't really enjoy it. It wasn't so bad that it stopped me from getting through it, but it wasn't good. I did not enjoy the writing style, and I didn't actually like any of the characters, who came across as two-dimensional without any real warmth.
Jun 07, 2013 Steph rated it it was amazing
Love the twist on traditional fairy tales!
Sep 02, 2010 Lindig rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Abandoned about 1/3 through. Not a bad conceit but too "chick-lit" for me; not enough real grit.
Aug 06, 2010 Victoria rated it did not like it
this is not a book for people younger than 25. i bought it and read it thinking it would be a book i would enjoy. i was sadly disappointed.
Feb 20, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
Wonderful...dark and fun....much love for Jim and these perfect books!

Jim C. Hines ist ein Vorbild. Er ist ein Vorbild, weil er sich aktiv und mutig mit einem Thema auseinander setzt, das am liebsten tot geschwiegen und ignoriert wird: Vergewaltigung. Er ist geschulter Krisenberater, schrieb Artikel und Essays und veranstaltete jahrelang Kurse. Er betrieb Aufklärung und Sensibilisierung, bot Betroffenen Unterstützung, Schutz und Hilfe jeglicher Art an und lernte die Täter kennen. Auf seiner Website können interessierte LeserInnen einige seiner Artikel einsehen
Nov 30, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I was feeling like a could use a good female power / women kicking butt story, so I picked up the third Princess book. It was fun to finally get a back story on Talia. I like her character a lot, especially now that she's more multi-dimensional.

The story was a little unnecessarily long; I sometimes found myself thinking that I didn't really care who picked up the unconscious person's head and who get their feet. I also had a lot of trouble unraveling the governmental / creation details of Arath
Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 31, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
Roudette, infamous assassin, has a new target. Everyone assumes it’s Danielle and rallies to protect her – not suspecting that Talia is her main target

Nor that simple assassination is the last thing on her mind.

Caught up in a complicated, unimaginable scheme, Danielle, Talia and Snow White are transported to Arathea, Talia’s homeland. The land where she is still wanted for murder and a home she hasn’t seen for years.

And a land under threat. It’s a bittersweet homecoming and an extremely difficul
Sep 08, 2010 {erika} rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fairytale enthusiasts
Shelves: princess, own
The third installation in Jim C. Hines’s Princess Novels series, Red Hood’s Revenge is a pleasure to read. The entire series is fabulous, a combination of enchantment and amusement. The characters are all wonderful be it Danielle (Cinderella), Talia (Sleeping Beauty) or Snow (White that is). The idea and basic concept of this series is phenomenal and I can’t get enough!

This book had a great storyline as it introduces the assassin The Lady of the Red Hood (aka Roudette, better known as Red Riding
Dec 21, 2011 Shara rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-longer-own
The premise: ganked from Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.

Roudette's story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairies stands the wo
Nancy O'Toole
Aug 13, 2012 Nancy O'Toole rated it liked it
We tend to censor our fairy tales, preferring the romance and adventure to the darker truths. Most people grow up believing that Sleeping Beauty was awakened by a courtly kiss from a handsome prince, but the truth is that Talia was raped, only awakening to the pangs of childbirth nine months later. Talia later killed the prince for his crimes, but now the prince's mother desires her own revenge, and has hired the dangerous assassin Roudette to take Talia down. Talia, Danielle, and Snow find them ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Viridian5 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't realize when I bought this book at a very discounted price at Border's during its final clearance sale that it was the third in a series but it stands very well on its own.

The Green Man Review blurb on the front cover of Red Hood's Revenge by Jim C. Hines says it "...brilliantly remixes fairy-tale elements with a modern action/adventure sensibility, as if the Brothers Grimm had been allowed to watch a 'Charlie's Angels' marathon." The Charlie's Angels thing is a bit facetious but does
Maria Shuffit
Nov 08, 2015 Maria Shuffit rated it really liked it
I picked up this book from a library sale without realizing that it was the third in a series. Fortunately, it is one that can easily be read independently, and enjoyed every bit as much!

This series is a retelling of some of the old fairy tales - Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty are some of the main characters you'll find, but they're not quite the versions that Disney raised generations on! And while there is some new light shed on the old stories, these books seem to be more interes
Michele Lee
I bought this book.

With this book I'm finally caught up on this series (until March at least) and it's this one that has the most complex, detailed world building of the three, which is saying something. Hines' Princess books follow the further adventures of Snow White (Snow, a talented sorceress), Cinderella (Danielle, happily married princess and mother) and Talia (Sleeping Beauty whose tale is possibly the most vicious of all), fairy tale princesses whose stories didn't quite turn out as leg
Erica M. Frey
Jan 19, 2011 Erica M. Frey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Third book in the Princess series. Book two, The Mermaid's Madness is my favorite by far. Red Hood's Revenge, while quite good, wasn't as... fun as the two previous books. My favorite thing about these books is Hines ability to juggle the girls through adventures that are dangerous, while still maintaining a sense of lightness. This book had a very serious tone.

Red Hood's Revenge focuses more on Talia, known as Sleeping Beauty in the fairy tales. It takes us to Talia's country, which feels more
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Jim C. Hines' latest book is REVISIONARY, the fourth in his modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He's also the author of the PRINCESS series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in BLOOD OF HEROES. His short fiction has ap ...more
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