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Wolves and Daggers

(Steampunk Red Riding Hood #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  918 ratings  ·  160 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 chas
Paperback, 122 pages
Published April 18th 2018 by Clockpunk Press (first published January 2nd 2018)
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Violet Stone
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
Deanie Nelder
3 1/2 stars

So, Steampunk Red Riding Hood? Very interesting concept, and the author largely pulls it off. This is the first book (novella, really) in her Steampunk Red Riding Hood series, and as such it's a lot of world building with less time for character and plot. The world building is wonderful -- in Victorian London, secret agents of the Red Cape Society monitor and stop supernatural threats. In this case, it's a werewolf conspiracy kidnapping an odd group of scientists.

I like the world and
~Cyanide Latte~
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 a ...more
I found this book interesting enough but didn't like it as much as other books that I have read by this author. If you are a character reader this book may not appeal to you. It's pretty short and so there is not a lot of time for character development. The world is pretty interesting though. I will probably continue on with this series. ...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...
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as her other steampunk books, but still fun.
Lene Blackthorn
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 Clem
Judi McCoy Bryant
I recently discovered Melanie Karsak with her Celtic series, and am now anxiously awaiting the next installment of her Vahalla series. While waiting I decided to check this out, even though steam punk fairy tale sounded gimmicky to me. What a pleasant surprise! She incorporates the details without it feeling forced. Her world feels real, Victorian London with werewolves riding airships and steam engines. And, as always in her writing, characters are fleshed out and the dialogue and character int ...more
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) ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This was an interesting start to the series. I actually started it during the quidditch match. I was only 5 minutes into it when the Quaffle broke. Then I forgot about it and finally remembered it today. It is a unique little world of werewolves and steampunk. I am curious where it goes.
3.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this re-telling.
Stephani Austin
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, steampunk
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. ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This is just so interesting. I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 Richard
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting.

I enjoyed this story. Very fun twist on the red riding hood tale. I like the steampunk vibes and how easily distinguishable the character are from one another.
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
Bailey Peyton
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Steampunk Red Riding Hood series. There are six books (more novella length stories) in this series and the series is complete. I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited to read.

Story (4/5): I enjoyed this story; it’s fast-paced and full of action. Clemency is fun, tough and obviously has some issues. She is plunged into a mystery involving missing scholars and werewolves right away. I did feel like I kind of got dropped in the middle of a world I
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! Every
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I bought this book a while ago. I have a thing against Amazon and I RARELY buy books from there and refuse to use Kindle or Audible anything!! But I had to get some books that only they had and I wanted free shipping. I had been looking at this one for a while, and it felt like it would be right up my alley. Fairy tale, steampunk, yes please.

Then my book came in and I was PISSED. It was so small for $10. I was expecting some novel not novella. So the book sat.

But this month I am concentrating on
Fly Girl Wickedcoolflight blogger
This review is for Steampunk Red Riding Hood Books 1-3

Each one of these is a new story, so although there is some additional world building you really just get to know the new characters, or perhaps old characters more in each installment. You can read all of these as standalone, but I recommend in order so you can follow the doings in the agency better.

I really hadn’t read or listened to much Steampunk before this series, but love some of her other work and found the first three on audible so I
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 togethe ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clemeny also known as "little red" is a well known member of the Red Cape Society who keep creatures like Vampires, Goblins and of course Werewolves from causing too much havoc in London.

There's not really much more to say about it without giving away the plot since it's such a short book. It's a good job I didn't read the goodreads description before choosing to read this though as I don't feel like it really fits, there wasn't really enough "can she trust him" to dedicate half of the blurb to
Lauren Brown
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:
Deborah Smith
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fairy tale retellings are everywhere these days! The trend is rampant in the bookstores. Billed as a “Steampunk Red Riding Hood”, I was intrigued. And talk about a fabulous book cover! Wow! Artist Karri Klawiter designed an exquisite blend of fantasy and steampunk set in merry old London.
But let’s talk about story. With only 105 pages, I admit I wondered what the author could accomplish in such a short book. Well, I won’t under-estimate Melanie Karsak ever again. Her characters bounced off the p
Rennie James
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wo
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling historical fantasy author Melanie Karsak is the author of the Celtic Blood series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, Steampunk Fairy Tales, the Road to Valhalla Series, and other works of fantasy and fiction. The author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children.

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