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Blood Red

(Elemental Masters #9)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,065 ratings  ·  291 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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Jessica Hollo Nope, not a bit. Although this is marked as a series, it is more in the sense that it all takes place in the same world, same rules. This books stands…moreNope, not a bit. Although this is marked as a series, it is more in the sense that it all takes place in the same world, same rules. This books stands alone nicely from the others. Hope you enjoy!(less)

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Althea Ann
Aug 04, 2014 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.
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Kara
Sep 28, 2014 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
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Amy Bradley
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another in the Elemental Masters series. The first chapter was included in the Elementary collection.

Rosa is an Earth Master and Hunt Master. Having been rescued from a half-form werewolf as a young girl, she was recruited into a brotherhood of forester magicians, who protect those who live in, near, or travel through their forest.

She has traveled to Transylvania, to deal with a vampire preying on small villages with one of her fellow hunters. He decides to stay and she travels back. On her way,
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Nan
Aug 10, 2015 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
Viccy
Mar 17, 2014 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
Kate
Aug 08, 2015 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 t
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Becky
Jun 21, 2014 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.
Kristin Taggart
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(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“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 herself ba
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OpenBookSociety.com
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omar
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar

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
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J.L.
Apr 21, 2016 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
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Pepper Thorn
Jun 22, 2015 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
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Miss
Aug 13, 2014 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
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Nicole
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
BLOOD RED is a retelling of Little Red Ridinghood. However, the Little Red fairy tale part is essentially over in the first chapter or two of the book. (In my favorites, the fairy tale spans the entire story.) This is fine for the worldbuilding and background, but after that, the entire story depended on a new plot. And the plot that was provided was amusing, but not fantastic.

It was a fun read, don’t get me wrong. But I saw few to no flaws in the main character, and that makes for a boring stor
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Minna
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
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
A new way to look at little red riding hood, that's for sure! I enjoyed this story as it incorporates what I like most about the Grimm Fairy Tales. Rosanna is no shy little girl. She's an Earth Master who will become a threat to those who are corrupt. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The training, fighting and suspense all worked for me. Not an overly complicated book, but a well developed world. This is a bit different than the other books in this series and I liked this direction. I l ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I really enjoyed this book, it was a definite step up from the previous book, 'Steadfast'. The previous books have happened mainly in England (aside the Fire Rose) and it is refreshing that the author shifted the narrative to Germany, exploring more dimensions of Elemental Magic along the way, this book felt fresh compared to the last few.

It's also a really fun and creative take on Little Red Riding Hood, and how Rosamund is a Master in a different way, defying gender roles and being overall a t
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TheCosyDragon
Apr 19, 2015 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
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Heather Wickett
Feb 01, 2015 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
Nibrock
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Straight forward read. Not enough magic. Lots of violence & gore. Not much romance, some mild flirting. ...more
Erica Hernandez
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great story. The tone was significantly different from the other books in the series, which was surprising at first.
Katherine Smith
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Like many of Lackey's more recent books, I found it rather dull and pedestrian. Much time is spent on exposition. A little action at the beginning, a bit in the middle, and a fair bit at the end, but lots of nothing happening in between. The main character underwent few changes or development. There just wasn't enough challenge and trouble. There was little need for pressured decision making, risk taking, or sacrifice. I didn't see much change from how the involved characters lived their lives o ...more
Erika
Enjoyable read, since it compelled me to finish it once I started.

Some let downs though.

- The feminist agenda really shines through, even though it's set in pre-automobiles Europe. It wasn't really subtle at all. (view spoiler)

- The whole stay at the Graf's house was a bit blah, made up of food and clothes. Sure, there was a touch of acti
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Margaret
Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood. But who knows what happened after she grew up?

Blood Red is the story of how Little Red Riding Hood was nearly killed during that Big Bad Wolf incident but then grew up to be Red Cloak, Hunt Master. [Even though hunt leaders were supposedly all men Red Cloak was so obviously competent that she was allowed to assume this leadership position.]

Hunt Masters called [organized] a Hunt when it was time to go put down various beasties/terrible creature
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Judy Hall
Rosa is an unconventional young woman, even among Elemental Magicians. Most Earth Masters, particularly women, are healers. Rosa is a warrior. She is the first woman ever named Hunt Master. As a child, her teacher was killed by a werewolf who was also a witch hunter and now her life is dedicated to hunting, and destroying, evil.

She has never met a good shape-shifter, though her adopted father and Hunt Master, Gunther, says there is such a thing. After one hunt, in Transylvania, she becomes drawn
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D.L. Morrese
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This one starts like the Red Riding Hood story, except that Red (Rosa for this version) is a budding elemental magician, and it's a werewolf that kills her granny. She is noticed by a group that makes it their business to hunt down and eliminate monsters such as these, and she joins them, gets trained, grows to adulthood, and goes out monster hunting. Her reputation for success grows, and she ends up in a situation in which she must work alongside a "good" werewolf, although she has some difficu ...more
Fahasa
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 herself barely escaped, and this terrifying incident molded the course of her future.

For like her
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Iffah
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Silvio Curtis
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book reuses the Little Red Riding Hood story from Elementary as its prologue. In the story proper, the Little Red Riding Hood figure has grown up to be Rosamund von Schwartzwald, a Master in the Bruderschaft of monster hunters who patrol the forest for werewolves like the one they rescued her from as a child and other evil sorcerers. On the way back from her first mission further afield, called in by a struggling local brotherhood in Romania to deal with a vampire, she gets introduced to th ...more
RayJay
Jan 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
This entire book just felt like a misfire. Lackey had concept (BA werewolf-huntress!!!) and a cool magic system on her side. But her characters are incomplete and her plot is indecisive. I held on for the romance... and that too ended inconclusively.

Rosa had no flaws, got along with everyone, and would have been as boring as sliced bread if she hadn’t been a werewolf huntress.

Also, what the heck was going on with that plot? It was like a rambling travel journal punctuated with fights and good f
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Laura
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I've been binge-reading Mercedes Lackey, especially her Elemental Masters series. Finally, after some disappointment, I found the kind of book I wanted from my library. It's a return to the stand-alone books in the series.

We have a strong (very strong!) female protagonist who sets the males aflutter because she doesn't conform. We have evil-doers who need justice brought to them. We have a love triangle which really isn't because everyone involved is more interested in justice than romance. We h
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