Blood Red

23 Oct

In “Blood Red”  Mercedes Lackey, in the Elemental Masters series, lets loose on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Rosa’s adopted grandmother is murdered by werewolves, and she herself nearly killed, until her magical call for help brings, not only an enraged elk, but a band of Hunt Masters, who kill the werewolves and rescue Rosa, taking her with them to be trained as an Earth Elemental Master and to eventually become a Hunter Master herself.

Imagine a version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ( who can talk to elementals) living in the 19th century Black Forest of Germany, and slaughtering vampires and werewolves with skill and passion.

Then along comes a Hungarian, Markos Nagy and his cousin Dominik, who need help killing werewolves in their homeland.  There’s just one problem.  Markos is a born werewolf and one of the good guys.  Rosa’s not too sure she believes it, but at insistence of the Count, who heads the White Lodge she’s been staying at, she sets off with Markos and Dominik for an adventure that is going to be bloody and deadly.

Fantastic story.  I am so glad I decided to start reading this series again.  “Blood Red” is well written, exciting, and a bloody good read.

Highly recommended.

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