Red and the Wolf

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
This tale of the dark, twisted truth lurking behind the children's fairy tale will set its fangs in you and not let go. You thought you knew the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Think again. Think hard. Do you really want to know the truth? Some books are better left unopened. More

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Published by Two Moons Books
Words: 16,560
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311731562
About E. A. Walker

I took a B.A. in journalism from UCL and then worked from 1999 - 2008 in Sydney, Cape Town and back in London.
Since then I have been working part-time and developing my writing skills - I hope.

As a young reader I was inspired by the stories of great writers such as Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, C.J. Cherryh and J.K. Rowling. I wanted to create worlds like theirs, and characters as loveable and engaging as theirs. So I started writing stories in notebooks. Sharing these with friends showed me, painfully, that I had a lot to learn - but I just had to keep trying.

I love Fantasy, and that is what I mostly write. But I also read, and write, Young Adult books, and most of my stories have at least a little romance in them. I go all gooey over a good love story, so I'm inclined to think that other readers feel the same.

You can reach me at 77eawalker(atsign)gmail.com. If you are a reader of any of my books I would love to hear from you!

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Review by: Lana Axe on May 14, 2016 :
I always enjoy dark fairytales, and this one was no exception. Even though it's short, I felt like I got plenty of story within these pages. I got to know the characters well enough to know who I liked, and I really enjoyed the grandmother despite her gruff exterior. The ending was fantastic, but I won't be spoiling it.

This isn't the Disney version of Red Riding Hood. Though quite different from the story we all know, it delivers in a way that is reminiscent of the originals as penned by Grimm and Perault. The story moves quickly to its exciting conclusion, and is easily finished in one sitting.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bruce E Arrington on April 13, 2015 :
Red and the Wolf is E.A. Walker's debut writing novella, and I think the author did a fine job of it. The story is carefully constructed and deeply portrayed in most places and with few exceptions, the story line is fairly straightforward. It hinges on a well-known legend--or a spin-off of one, where the characters should feel familiar. This story uses ethnic names, which is different from other stories I've read.

The story has some adult thematic elements, though, so it is not what I would consider to be a children's story; rather for late teens and above simply due to the relationship material.

I rate the story as four stars and received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Marise Ghorayeb on April 06, 2015 :
I love dark retellings of classic stories so naturally I enjoyed Red and the Wolf. It reminded me a lot of Red’s story in Once Upon a Time, but of course this version of Little Red Riding Hood has its’ own elements.

Pros: It’s a short read with vivid, intricately written descriptions and I was engaged most of the time. I loved that Granny was not so much a sweet, elderly woman but actually a master swordfighter who wasn’t afraid to wound her grand-daughter in training.

Cons: I felt like there was depth lurking beneath the surface of the plot, but the reader never got to delve into that depth. There were questions left hanging and so I never quite felt satisfied with the ending. The same is true for emotional depth. There were moments where I desperately wanted more emotional insight to the characters, but it wasn’t provided.

In summary, the story was interesting, fun and vivid. It feels like a story with enormous potential. With a few tweaks, I think this could have blown me away.

Rating: 3.5 stars
Disclaimer: I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, non-reciprocal, review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bruno Goncalves on April 06, 2015 :
As a story, Red and the Wolf is loosely associated with the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale we all know, and it is a plain reminder that even the stories we grew up with can be rewritten into very interesting adult tales.

I would say the author writes with a very poetic prose, but that might confuse those already familiar with what is known as prose poetry. Instead I should say that she has managed to create powerful imagery through her writing; simply put, the writing quality is a step above what most indie authors produce nowadays.

The storyline itself gave me pause for some thought; as someone who has known only the modern version of the tale, I almost felt that a sacrilege had been committed. Some reading on the fairy tale and its origins, however, made it clear to me that many versions have existed over the centuries, including those that introduce a “werewolf” quality to the Big Bad Wolf. There are even versions where the wolf emerges victorious!

Either way, I believe that Red and the Wolf is a tale well worth reading and recommending, not only due to the storyline itself but also for the pure enjoyment of professionally crafted prose.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an objective and non-reciprocal review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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