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Red Hood's Revenge (Princess #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,912 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
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

ebook, 352 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (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 22, 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 30, 2010 Joshua Palmatier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2016 Tani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2011 Algernon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 03, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 09, 2014 Felix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good read. It did not hold my interest as the prior 2 did.
Nov 01, 2015 Rayna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 17, 2011 Kayt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2010 Nan rated it really liked it
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
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.
Blodeuedd Finland
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
Jul 26, 2015 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I continue to really love this series. You can tell I like it, because I actually can finish the book without throwing it up against the wall several times. This time, the princesses are trying to prevent one of Danielle's stepsisters from being murdered by the notorious Lady of the Red Hood, only to be transported to Arathea, Talia's old country. The characters were especially well developed in this book. I loved Red Hood's character and how she's an assassin. Rumpelstiltskin also makes a brief ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, not as much as the previous book the mermaids madness, didn't have as many twist and turns. All in all a very enjoyable read, love that it was more centered on talia she is the most secretive and mysterious one of them and loved to see her character mature and grow through out this book.
Little red riding hoods story wasn't as fun or exciting as I would have wanted and what I was expecting. Definitely different to the original and good over all, would have liked for her
Maria Shuffit
Nov 15, 2015 Maria Shuffit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ian Cockerill
Mar 09, 2015 Ian Cockerill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed this take on Princesses and "happy ever after" - positive strong role models that are genuinely likeable Now, there is a danger that such a description makes the series sound like a PC feminist tract, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The books are enjoyable, fun and entertaining, but they do have strong women who are not just there to sprain their ankle so they can be saved by the men in their lives. The last, so far, in the series is no exception. Perhaps a lit ...more
Jun 09, 2014 T-Dub rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sandra Guerfi
Jan 08, 2016 Sandra Guerfi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is book 3 in the Princess series by Hines but it definitely can be read as a standalone. This book revolves around the true story behind Sleeping Beauty and a past she has felt watching her from the shadows. After facing Rumpelstiltskin and bringing countless children back to their families, Snow, Danielle and Talia are ready to relax. What they wind up facing is one of the most feared assassins they've ever known. Little Red Riding Hood is on the hunt for Danielle but why would Roudette ha ...more
Aug 06, 2010 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 02, 2010 Lindig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Abandoned about 1/3 through. Not a bad conceit but too "chick-lit" for me; not enough real grit.
Jul 09, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful...dark and fun....much love for Jim and these perfect books!
Jun 07, 2013 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the twist on traditional fairy tales!

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
Red Hood's Revenge, by Jim C. Hines

Synopsis: 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
Sep 27, 2011 Viridian5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erica M. Frey
Jan 24, 2011 Erica M. Frey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Warren Rochelle
Transform the passive and predictable fairytale heroines we all know and love--Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood--into capable, tough women who know their way around swords and magic, and we have the heroines of this novel, which is not only a retelling and a reimagining of these old stories,but an expansion: what happened after happily ever after. Talia, Princess of Arathea (Sleeping Beauty), killed the prince who raped her while she slept. For years, Talia has bee ...more
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