Title / For the Wolf
Author / Hannah Whitten
Series / Wilderwood – book 1
Published / 2021
Page no. / 448
Overall Rating / ★★★★
For the Wolf is the first book in the Wilderwood series and it is the author’s debut novel. It is an adult fantasy book. Red is the sole Second Daughter born for centuries so her only purpose is to be sacrificed to the Wolf of the Woods in an attempt to keep the monsters in the wood at bay. The cover design by Lisa Marie Pompilio and illustrations by Arcangel and Shutterstock.
One of my favourite things about this book was the world. The concept of the Wilderwood is such an interesting one and it is one of the main reasons I was drawn to this book in the first place. The Wilderwood is full of mystery, especially at the start of the story, and I think Whitten does a great job at slowly giving us more history throughout the book. I don’t what to go into any detail about it though because I think it’s best to go into blind – I don’t want to spoil anything. Just know that Whitten has done a fantastic job at creating a vivid world, full of depth and history to it. I cannot wait to see more of the Wilderwood in future books. The magic system is also well written and I loved how we learnt more about it throughout the book
The characters are all well written and I thought Red (or Redarys) was a great protagonist, although it did take me a little while to get fully invested in her. She is a little naïve and she makes some stupid decision, but overall I liked her character. While I mainly enjoyed the romance, I do kind of wish that it had developed more slowly, but that’s just personal preference. The side characters are also well written, although I’m still not sure how I feel about Neve, Red’s sister. The writing is fantastic and it pulls you into the story and world from the start. The plot is compelling throughout and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. It may be important to note that there is a fair amount of cutting for the purpose of magic, which may be triggering for some.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for the release of the sequel, For the Throne. I would definitely recommend checking this one out, especially if you enjoy fantasy books with a fairy-tale/folklore feel to it. Have you guys read this one? I’d love to know what you thought. Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.