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Red Hood's Revenge

(Princess #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,293 ratings  ·  189 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
Mass Market 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 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 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
The Sapphic Nerd
May 28, 2016 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
Joshua Palmatier
Jul 26, 2010 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 19, 2010 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
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Apr 03, 2011 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. ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a good read. It did not hold my interest as the prior 2 did.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one a lot more than The Mermaid's Madness. Don't get me wrong: TMM was good and fun, but at times I felt the plot was dragging. Here, in Red Hood's Revenge, I didn't find myself getting bored, and thoroughly enjoyed the twists in the plot.

Most of all, I loved Talia's growth, learning more of her backstory. Whereas Mermaid's Madness shown the spotlight on Snow a bit more, here it was the Talia show, and I was so happy for it. Her country, which is heavily inspired by Arab and Middl
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-original
This was the best Princess book yet. This series is seriously underrated.
All the fairy tale hype in the last years and no one talks about Hines.

He's a male author but writes great female characters and he has a lot of them. Warriors with fierce hearts but personal codes of honor, leaders who raised from rags to riches but stayed kind, sorcerers, queens, treacherous fearies, bloodthirsty assassins.

I'm so so sorry that only the first installment got translated to Czech because the people around t
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
Sep 26, 2016 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
Kayt O'Bibliophile
Jun 17, 2011 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 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 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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
Quick thoughts: Incredible. The dark take on Red Hood is inspired, the book is filled with complex characters and a nuanced plot, and we get to fully explore the past of one of our protagonists. My favorite in the series thus far (with one book to go unread) and it holds up wonderfully the second time through.
May 01, 2012 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. ...more
Feb 06, 2016 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. ...more
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful...dark and fun....much love for Jim and these perfect books!
Aug 06, 2010 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.
Sep 02, 2010 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. ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love the twist on traditional fairy tales!
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I jumped back into the Princess book by Jim C. Hines again this week, this time Red Hood’s Revenge. Hines continues to weave a believable fantasy world, where consequences from past actions are still affecting these characters. We saw that in the last book where you see Cinderella is still dealing with the past abuse from her step-family, and we see it in this one with Snow’s continued head injury.
This fairy tale is based off of Little Red Riding Hood and also Sleeping Beauty. While we met Talia
keikii Eats Books
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
68 points/100 (3.5/5 stars)
Alert: LGBT themes

Red Riding Hood, Roudette, feared assassin. When she comes after Talia, Snow, and Danielle and takes them back to Talia's homeland, they know there is more to this than a simple assassination. The usurpers to Talia's throne have finally found her.

Red Hood's Revenge was a lot different than the first two books. It didn't take half the book to start to find where it wanted to go. It found it and went there. It was also a lot better book than the first t
(Realistic rating: 4.25, maybe? Definitely a little over 4. THERE'S SO MUCH GOOD HERE.)

I still think The Stepsister Scheme is my favorite of this series, but this one is a really close second; the worldbuilding here is so, so intricate (what a cool and sinister take on the fairies' motivation for cursing Sleeping Beauty!! what an awful magical world has emerged as a result!!), and it's so much fun to see where Talia came from and the people in her past that shaped her. (And, of course, to see he
Stephen Poltz
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
On the cover of this book, there’s a quote from the Green Man Review that is very accurate. It says that this book (or possibly the whole “Princess” series) “…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.” That’s what you get: three powerful women trained in the marital arts and magic fighting fairies, demons, and evil in general. There’s lots of sly remarks and funny asides, b ...more
Nov 30, 2016 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
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorite princesses. I was excited that this book delved into her past, but disappointed with how it unfurled. The history between fairies and humans is confusing and at times, all of the double-crossing was not clear. I also didn’t get why Red Hood is such a big player- the book being named after her- when really, she set events into motion but not much else. (That’s a simplistic review but I don’t want to give away spoilers.)

It ended well, everything
Kevin Brown
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
You can't run from your past forever. Sleeping beauty get's forcibly dragged back home to deal with the mess her kingdom has gotten into all because of the anger of it's current ruler. We get to finally pull back the curtain on not only Sleeping Beauty's back story but Red Ridding hoods as well. The two stories play off each other very well as they have both been hurt by the fairies and have grown up to be very different women because of it. Add in some great bit of world building and this make ...more
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Jim C. Hines is the author of the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. His latest novel is Terminal Uprising, book two in the humorous science fiction Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan ...more

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