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Wolves and Daggers

(Steampunk Red Riding Hood #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Who’s afraid of the big, bad werewolf?

When London’s brightest tinkers and alchemists come up missing, Red Cape Society Agent Clemeny Louvel is on the case.

To help her get the problem in hand, Queen Victoria assigns her a temporary partner—a werewolf with a knightly history and a tendency to be far too flirtatious for either of their good. Can she trust him to help her
Kindle Edition, 124 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Carter & Bradley Publishing
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Violet Stone
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't have much to say about this book. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting but it kept my interest and I may read the rest of the series one day.

There were only two real issues I had with the book and that was length and the relationship with Little Red and Lionheart.


Gosh darn. I just want a pretty romance okay? While there are no sex scenes in this book it's clear that there's only one thing they want from each recommendations.


In all seriousness it made me curl my
~Cyanide Latte~
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of steampunk, urban fantasy & fairy tale retellings
Melanie Karsak's books have been recommended to me via Amazon before, so when I saw this and another for purchase at a booth in Gem City Comic Con, I opted to snatch up copies to read. This is technically a novella and the first in Karsak's "Steampunk Red Riding Hood" series (and I think the gent at the booth also said it was the first in her Steampunk Fairy Tale retellings universe overall?) I'm weak for the fairy tale retellings of any stripe, and steampunk has always interested me, so I was ...more
Not bad but I feel like I jumped in in the middle of it. Obviously all steampunk fairy tales are connected and should be read in order for full effect. Must read the first one and see if it will fill in the blanks...
Maria Mitchell
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Not quite as good as her other steampunk books, but still fun.
Lene Blackthorn
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A steampunk spinoff on another classical fairytale, set up in the victorian London full of paranormal activity.
Little Red, the werewolf hunter Red Cape member Clemeny, works together with her partner Quinn on a mission that holds far too many secrets. Why are the London werewolf packs uniting and abducting various scientists? What is their goal? And who is the mastermind behind the plan? The wolves are impulsive and violent, but not smart enough to come up with something so intricate.. and
A very enjoyable read. I thought it lurched around disjointedly a bit but the way in which this alternate London was brought to life was awesome. The plot was good, really enticed me to stick with the Steampunk Red Riding Hood series, can't wait to see where it goes! (Don't worry, this one wraps up neatly, I suffer no cliffhangers)
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first introduction to steam punk, and boy was it amazing. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started this series, but I was blown away! This has been one of my favorite series of 2018.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This is just so interesting. I can't wait to read the next one!
Stephani Austin
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. I haven’t really read much steampunk, but this was fun. It was definitely an introductory story. I’m hoping to read more from this universe and definitely hope there’s more to the Little Red, Lionheart storyline!
3.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this re-telling.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk, historical
This was good fun, I liked the world and the characters. I struggled a bit with the repetition of words - there's a LOT of grinning, smirking, winking, sighing and eye rolling - but I was still invested enough to want to know how it would all end. I would have preferred a longer book, but there are sequels to be read and I may well take the plunge.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new and interesting twist on an old classic that left me wanting to read more. I really liked this!
Becky Stephens
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, fairy_tale
I am in love with Melanie Karsak’s steampunk fairy tales. And her “Little Red” books may be my favorites. Her steampunk world is alive and breathing; the realm full of the unhuman, not just werewolves. Clemeny Louvel, an agent for the Red Cape Society, is a strong female character, and it is her job to keep these creatures in check.

Other than Clemeny herself, my favorite character is Sir Richard Spencer and the Knights Templar. What an interesting group to include in this fairy tale. Sir
Agent Clemeny Louvel, "Little Red" of the secret supernatural-hunting Red Cape Society sets out on an action packed adventure aided by her mentor and partner, Quinn, and a dangerously attractive Knights Templar werewolf nicknamed Lionheart, Clemeny tries to unravel the mysterious cooperation of the packs as they race against the clockwork to rescue missing scholars abducted by werewolf packs operating out of 1899 London in this self-proclaimed "penny dreadful meets supernatural" retelling of the ...more
In my experience novellas are always either really good or really bad. I’ve read so many bombs lately that I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this little re-telling. So imagine my surprise when I started reading and quickly realized the story is awesome!

Now it doesn’t really follow much of the original story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ The only similarities between the original and the re-telling is that it contains wolves, or werewolves to be more exact, and has red capes. That’s it!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't like this nearly half as much as I wanted to and I have a ? What was that I just read ?
I mean, We know it's NOT A ROMANCE,not even in the slightest,I mean Clemy wants to have a special someone and thinks of it more than once bur this isn't romantic at all.....
At least not yet..... Then what was it ? I don't know.. Steampunk is the genre but what was this ?
We have a heroine who is out to save the day aaaaaaaaaand the kinda does, Baddies are defeated, at least temporarily
and ppl are saved
In a smoggy, steampunk London, trouble's a-brewing. Werewolves. Vampires. Goblins. If it goes bump in the night, it's probably around somewhere. Thankfully, the Red Cloaks are there to prevent these preternatural beings from causing too much damage. But the werewolves packs are making plans, and it's up to Clemmy aka "Little Red" and her partner to find out what. She's also a tad distracted by a certain well-behaved werwolf who is far too dashing for his own good, and when they're thrown ...more
Lauren Brown
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book is awesome, the problem if the fact that it’s way too fast paced. A book with 105 pages, you’re not expecting a whole lot of character development because there’s no time, I think that’s one of the downsides to this book.

Clem is an agent in a steampunk world. Her main job is to fight the werewolves.

The dialogue is a little unnatural, in my opinion. I haven’t read many books that take place in a steampunk world, so maybe it’s normal, I don’t know. Some examples:
Kristen Walker
Action but not much steampunk

Pretty much what you expect from a werewolf Hunter urban fantasy story. Red Riding Hood has a few references, there's also some Alice in Wonderland which seemed out of place until I found out it's a crossover with another book, but mainly it's about hunting werewolves and figuring out what they're plotting. It's short and quick without a lot of extra stuff. There's some hints of side plots, flash backs, and future series teases, but it's mainly focused on action
Rennie James
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
****A solid 4 stars [maybe even 4.5]****

This was my first steampunk book, and it came highly recommended by readers in the FSFRL Facebook group. I’m not particularly interested in steam-powered machines nor overly fond of ‘alternate histories’ so I had avoided any steampunk before this. The lure of a unique spin on a fairy tale sold me on the read though.

I’m not sure what I expected, but I know what I got - a great read with lively characters and action-packed fun in a well-organized, logical
Frank Watson
Steam punk seems to involve stories set in an alternate history in the Victorian era with steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology but could also include fantasy elements such as magic, werewolves, and vampires. WOLVES AND DAGGERS by Melanie Karsak incorporates all of these elements and adds still another twist: a “retelling” of the Little Red Riding Hood folk tale.

Well, the blurb calls it a “retelling,” but it is more like psychedelic jazz improvisation based on the fairy tale,
Saundra Wright
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you met her in Mistletoe and Mistchief you have been waiting as I have to jump deeper into the world of Clemeny Lovel! If not, start now!

Clemeny was an orphan left in a basket outside a church, adopted by a poor elderly church worker, her Gran Mere. Now she's on the verge of a new career in the Red Cloak society.

The Red Cloaks are the police of the supernatural world. Most supernaturals are law abiding members of society, for the most part, but when they break the law it takes a special type
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
Read as part of Two-Step - Vol. 1: Retellings (List Readathon) [May & June 2019] over at Maraya's Cave Of Freaking Wonders

26. Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak

“What’s there to worry about? I’m off to go work with a werewolf to take down a different werewolf. What could possibly go wrong?”
Agent Greystock looked at me, the answer evident in both of our eyes.

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This was a Hot Mess. All over the place. Around The World
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I read Wolves and Daggers after reading Curiouser and Curiouser and really enjoying it. I enjoyed the fast-paced plot of Wolves and Daggers and the main character, Clemeny; however I didn't feel that the world was well enough explained. There seemed to be werewolves, vampires, goblins - and even mentions of dragons and ghouls - but no real explanation of how they emerged in this world or how they all fit together. The story largely focused on werewolves but even then, there was no ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 girls from 2 booktube have organised the "romanceopoly" game to push the readers to read other genre, to diversify their readings. One of the challenge was "steampunk" and since I was "afraid" to read a steampunk book, I choose this book because not only it has no many pages but the story seemed to be interesting … it turns out that I really like it! It’s a mix up between Red Riding Hood tale with Lionheart of Robin Hood and the eternal feud between the werewolves and the vampires all that ...more
Jessica Woods
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wolves and Daggers is a steampunk twist on Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red is a name that strikes fear into the hearts of werewolves as part of the Red Capes. The Red Capes police the things that go bump in the night. The werewolves are cooking up something big and kidnapping humans left and right. Red must team up with a sexy, Templar (yes of THE Knights Templar) werewolf to put an end to the evil scheming. Red is tough and independent (just like I like my heroines) with no real love ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, which is the first of a series of stories about these characters, and they're all collectively a steampunk retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It's VERY different to the original, but I liked it a lot because of that - this is one kickass Little Red, instead of the sappy girl in the original. I appreciated the fact that this had been improved on and expanded slightly (and the editing issues sorted!) since it was first published in the Heroines and Hellions boxset - ...more
Keith Beasley-Topliffe
I've read a fair amount of supernatural steampunk (Gail Carriger, Shelley Adina, Emma Jane Holloway) and wasn't really looking to start a new series. But a while back I read a collection of steampunk novellas called Mistletoe and Mischief which began with a story by Melanie Karsak featuring Clemeny Louvel, a werewolf hunter in London. A note said it was a prequel for a forthcoming series. So when I ran across Wolves and Daggers and realized it was the start of that promised series, I quickly ...more
Gene Turchin
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Karsak is the contemporary mother of the SteamPunk genre. She gets the perfect mix of ambiance and science of the 19th Century, the years where invention and science filled the populace with awe and wonder. This is the era of Jules Verne and HG Wells.
This particular little novel mixes airships, stream driven cars and bikes with other manifestation of that time, werewolves and vampires in the time of Queen Victoria.
Ms Karsak always provides us with feminist heroine, in this case, Clemeny
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
There is certainly some potential here, but also a lot of work to be done. The characters and plot were interesting enough, but it really fell short in the steampunk area. One of the charms of steampunk is keeping within the strictures of the Victorian society (manners, dress, speech, etc). There are so many modern phrases thrown around in this short story that you'd never know when it was taking place except that Queen Victoria is a character.

And speaking of it being short, I didn't realize
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English ...more

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