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Jim C. Hines' latest book is UNBOUND, a modern-day fantasy about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He's also the author of the PRINCESS series of fairy tale retellings as well as the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on REVISIONARY, the fourth book in the MAGIC EX LIBRIS series. Online, he can be found at

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Truly unique and completely enjoyable 8 July 2010
By SciFiChick - Published on
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Roudette may be known as "Little Red Riding Hood," but her innocence was taken when she saw her grandmother brutally murdered by the Hunt. Now, Roudette is a deadly assassin. Her latest mission lands her in the presence of three legendary princesses - Danielle, Talia, and Snow (also known as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White respectively). The princesses go in search of the person who sent Roudette. But their journey leads them to Arathea, Talia's former home - where she's still wanted for murdering the prince who woke her.

The princesses have all gone through various changes in the past couple books. Danielle is now a mother. Snow was in a serious accident where her head was damaged, which has been affecting her magical abilities. And Snow now knows of Talia's unrequited feelings for her, which brings awkwardness to their friendship. Despite their shortcomings, the ladies continue to kick butt and hold their own against the deadliest of enemies.

More dramatic than previous installments, this latest story revolves mainly around Talia and Roudette, bringing to light more of their dark and horrible pasts. But that doesn't mean the adventure is lacking. There's plenty of the suspense and action that make this fantasy series great. Hines' princess heroines from fairy tale lore are truly unique and completely enjoyable from start to finish. I can't wait to see what comes next from this highly talented fantasy author. His Goblin series remains one of my favorites to this day.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Quick, but good 12 July 2010
By Aile - Published on
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A quick read, but worth buying. I enjoyed the ongoing tension between Snow and Talia. Roudette is a fascinating character because, in many ways, she is what Talia could have become had she not had the network she found after waking up.

I am continuing to enjoy Danielle's arc. She has grown up so much over the books. In this volume we see how she integrates the person she's become with her marriage and motherhood. I like that, unlike in some novels, there isn't a switch between being awesome and being a wife/mother. Instead the two support one another, making her a well-rounded and great character.

I was uncertain about this series after reading the first book, but the story just keeps getting better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Less revenge and more living well 27 July 2010
By E. Ambrose - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story centers around an assassin named Roudette (better known as Little Red Riding Hood) targeting Talia (Sleeping Beauty) with the aim of bringing Talia alive to her employer (never a good thing). Mess ensues as Talia, Danielle (Princess Cinderella) and Snow (White) go to hunt down the bad guy in Talia's old kingdom... while trying to stay out of trouble there (easier said than done, of course).

As one might expect from my duration of reading, the book progressed along at a good clip. Since this was a somewhat action-y book, I thought it worked rather well. The fights also tended to be rather short affairs (which is a good thing) so the quick pace is more a function of actual plot, character development and story (especially character development). The plot is pretty straightforward overall, consisting mainly of Talia's past coming back to bite her in the rear and threaten the people she cares about. The book is also clearly Talia's story for the most part as she undergoes the most development past her singular overpowering issue of how badly mistreated she had been in her past. It's good to see her finally start to move beyond it with help from the people she cares about.

I liked most of the heroines to start with, but I was most pleased to find that Snow was much less annoying to me than the last story arc. Clearly putting some limits on how much magic she can use and those impacting her serial flirting have improved her character for me a great deal. The villains seemed more secondary in many ways, primarily because they were mostly defined with how they exerted power (or tried to) over Talia or how she perceived them to have power over her. The main driving force of the plot is how she's trying to get them to leave her alone and how she doesn't have the option from running, hiding or ignoring them in her life. I like how this played out with Roudette acting as a mirror and counterpoint for Talia and how this book was far more a character tale rather than a "save the kingdom" story. Maybe we can call it a "character saves self" kind of narrative instead. I liked how the ending was handled regarding Talia's sons. It was very delicate.

Although it did not have the fun plot twists that The Mermaid's Madness had (nor did it have the neat side characters whom I hope will show up again) I do think that this kind of story does have its place in any series and will happily read it again. It can sit on the shelf next to the Terry Moore graphic novels. ^_^
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Do you know why happily ever after is a lie? Because life is change." 13 July 2010
By H. Bala - Published on
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Maybe damsels under duress, but never damsels in distress. With RED HOOD'S REVENGE Jim C. Hines steps even further away from the lighthearted fractured fairy tale tone he'd brought to THE STEPSISTER SCHEME, this series's inaugural book. RED HOOD'S REVENGE tends to echo more of the grim, dark sensibilities which threaded thru those original fairy tales, long before Walt Disney got a hold of them and turned them into cute singing and dancing bedtime fables. Back in the day, I mean, really back in the day, woodland creatures weren't only fluffy bunnies and birds that frolicked with the girl and helped her clean house. There were also ravenous wolves. Just as there were also princes who were less than noble.

Hines takes the fable of Little Red Riding Hood and injects a sinister, tragic twist. Decades later, Roudette, bitter and scarred and armed with her enchanted red cloak, has fostered a reputation as a fearsome assassin, and she now sets her eyes on Princess Danielle Whiteshore née de Glas of Lorindar... or so we initially assume. Danielle - once upon a time known as Cinderella - isn't your typical princess, and she and her friends, the formidable warrior Talia and the sorceress Snow (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, respectively), bring the fight to the Lady of the Red Hood. Once upon a time, there were princesses who didn't need rescuing.

I am really high on this series and, if anything, this third book RED HOOD'S REVENGE only elevates the mad love. Danielle, Talia, and Snow are so very well-written and fleshed out, and I love the interactions among the three (although the established relationships get thrown out of whack with the introduction of an old friend of Talia's). Hines then inserts a brooding, tragic anti-heroine in the person of Roudette (maybe Talia wasn't holding down the fort in that department). Roudette and Talia are essentially the same side of the coin, the difference being that Talia has gotten a few breaks, whereas the Lady of the Red Hood never had a chance. Roudette was always fated to go down her bleak road.

Danielle takes more of a back seat in this one, the story focusing more on Snow and decidedly more on Talia. RED HOOD'S REVENGE presents a decidedly more Arabian Nights flavor as Hines writes of Sleeping Beauty's eventful return to her arid homeland of Arathea, a kingdom co-habitated by fairies and humans, humans being the subservient race in this equation. In the course of their adventures, the girls fall prey to the eldritch Wild Hunt and are caught up in a sweeping conspiracy to overthrow the Arathean throne. The irony is that Talia would prefer nothing better than for a revolution to come about. Arathea's current ruler desperately craves the death of Sleeping Beauty. Talia, after all, did murder her son, the Prince, even if the circumstances were entirely mitigating. And a living (and awake) Sleeping Beauty, the kingdom's true hereditary monarch and back from exile, is a perennial threat to the crown. In this go-around, the writer offers treachery, twists, revelations, unrequited love, old friends, requited love, handsome princes who sit at home while the women do the work, Danielle's cleverness and statesmanship, Talia's rousing heroics, Snow's costly mirror magic... and a not at all guaranteed happily ever after. RED HOOD'S REVENGE is darker and richer, is set on a larger scale and, well, is it the most satisfying of the three books? It's certainly the best read so far. Even if I'm growing more and more concerned about Snow and that head injury of hers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lady of the Red Hood 27 Sept. 2011
By H. Grove (errantdreams) - Published on
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In Jim C. Hines's wonderful Princess Novels series, Red Hood's Revenge falls after The Stepsister Scheme and The Mermaid's Madness, and before The Snow Queen's Shadow. In RHR, we get to see Danielle developing as a princess; the waxing and waning tensions among the three companions (in particular, between Snow and Talia); and the mysterious homeland Talia has only alluded to in previous books. Her tale in particular is a dark one, hardly the sanitized popular version, and she knows that to return to her home means death: she killed her husband, the prince. Yet if she wants to save her home from the schemes of the fairies, she'll have to go back.

The characterizations are, as always in Hines's tales, fantastic. Danielle is learning to be a princess rather than a servant--no easy task. Snow is facing the fact that her magic is harming her and aging her, and yet she needs it. Talia is a deadly fighter, but strength of arms is not what she'll most need when she has to face her old mentor, a former lover, and a host of enemies--as well as potential allies. Roudette seems like a straightforward enemy at first, but of course there turns out to be much more to her than meets the eye.

Talia's homeland is richly detailed, making it easy for the reader to see, taste, and smell the cities and deserts. Hines as always mixes the darkness of what comes after the supposed `happily ever after' with tidbits of humor, but the series does get darker as it goes. I can't imagine not getting sucked into the fears, adventures, and successes of the three princesses and the formidable queen they follow.
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