For the Wolf

For the Wolf

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 03/06/2021
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For the Wolf
Sacrifices must be made.
As the only second daughter born for centuries, Red is fit for one purpose and that is to be a sacrifice to the Wolf of the wood in some vein attempt to ke... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
For the Wolf
A dark and gripping folktale
For the Wolf gripped me immediately. It opens a few days before Redarys’ ceremony, in which she will be dedicated to the Wolf and sent to the Wilderwood as... READ MORE



As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose - to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in order to save her kingdom. Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the Wilderwood - and her world - will be lost forever.
Hannah Whitten's New York Times bestselling debut is a sweeping tale of love, legends and the secrets that hide beyond the trees.

'I loved it! I was completely swept away by the world-building, the characters, and the delicate gorgeousness of the writing! A brilliant dark fantasy debut' Jodi Picoult

'Dazzling . . . This is sure to enchant' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'An unputdownable fairy tale that traces the boundaries of duty, love, and loss. A masterful debut from a must-read new voice in fantasy' Kirkus

'A glorious journey through woods deep and so very dark. A stunning debut' Erin Craig, author of House of Salt and Sorrow

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780356516363
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 320g
  • Dimensions: 200 x 126 x 32 mm

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For the Wolf
A Captivating Dark Fairytale Fantasy
‘The first daughter is for the throne. The second daughter is for the wolf.’ I was sent a digital ARC of ‘For the Wolf’ via #netgalley in exchange for an ... READ MORE
Kathrin Felber
For the Wolf
Become entangled with the Wilderwood in this deliciously dark & atmospheric adult fantasy
Red is a second daughter and, like any second daughter born to the ruling family of her Kingdom, she is waiting to be claimed or sacrificed to the Wolf in ... READ MORE
For the Wolf
Loved it!!!
“The First Daughter is for the throne. The Second Daughter is for the Wolf. And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood.” For The Wolf is a beautiful and dark t... READ MORE
Noemi Proietti
For the Wolf
Breathtakingly Atmospheric!
“The First Daughter is for the throne. The Second Daughter is for the Wolf. And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood.” Redarys or ‘Red’ is a second daughter ... READ MORE
For the Wolf
A dazzling new fantasy
It is no secret that I absolutely love fairy-tale reimagining’s and For the Wolf the first in The Wilder Woods Books is above and beyond what I had been ex... READ MORE
Rob Lightbody
For the Wolf
New Fave Book
For the Wolf is hands down one the best books I have ever read. I completely adored Whitten’s writing style and the premise. It was this fairytale mashup w... READ MORE
For the Wolf
Utterly Captivating
For The Wolf is a captivating new fantasy, about a second born princess who, in order to keep her land safe, is sacrificed to a monstrous forest and the Wo... READ MORE
Liv Burrell
For the Wolf
Skilfully woven fantasy
Thanks to #NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in return for a fair review. For The Wolf is a skilfully woven fantasy, with echoes of fairytales you t... READ MORE
Serena Coleman
For the Wolf
3.5 - 4 stars
Headlines: Retelling hybrid Oh for the love of great MCs Confused world building I've had to really think about my rating on For The Wolf because I've com... READ MORE
Micky - bookphenomena
For the Wolf
A new edgy fairytale
"because monsters are real," she said. 'and even the wolf needs help sometimes." 4 stars. As from the synopsis, we gather that there are 2 royal daughter... READ MORE
Vix Hill
For the Wolf
A fun amalgation of fairytales
For the Wolf is an amalgation of fairytales, creating a wonderful new one. In For the Wolf, we meet Red, a Second Daughter and soon-to-be sacrifice to the... READ MORE
The Bookish Historian
For the Wolf
An Enchanting Re-telling
For the Wolf is a story of a Second Daughter 'Red' who has to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in order to keep her town safe and in hopes of the Wolf... READ MORE
For the Wolf
Magical Wilderwood and the love of 2 sisters
Thanks to Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review :) The story follows 2 sisters (Neve and Red) in a world where the Second Daughter... READ MORE
Ioana Frunza-Pantiru
For the Wolf
Refreshing retelling of a fairytale
This book was absolutely fantastic! In true fantasy setting, we have a wilder wood that is magic, a protector of the wood (the wolf) and enemies and friend... READ MORE
Kate Keaveny
For the Wolf
Really enjoyable fantasy novel!
This enjoyable novel takes recognisable elements from other fairytales (Red Riding Hood, Snow White & Rose Red, Beauty and the Beast, the Snow Queen etc.) ... READ MORE
For the Wolf
A wonderful atmospheric fantasy with excellent characters
When I saw that For The Wolf was recommended for fans of Uprooted by Naomi Novik and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherina Arden, my interest was immed... READ MORE
Laura Humphreys
For the Wolf
Dazzling debut
Absolutely adored this amazing book, I can’t believe it’s a debut and I can’t wait for even more (for this tale and from the author) it kind of crosses red... READ MORE
Tara Keating
For the Wolf
Absolutely delicious
For the Wolf was a book that I’ve heard a lot of praise for, and then I watched a panel with Hannah Whitten at the CYMERA Festival 2021. By the end of that... READ MORE
Heather @justgeekingby
For the Wolf
As an avid fantasy fan I bought this book on the back of all the five star reviews it received. I would say it's more mixed fairy tale than actual fantasy... READ MORE
For the Wolf
Slow romance burn
It is hard to explain this read. The world build is done in such a poetic way that you really feel like you're in a fairytale! Red, The Second Daughter, g... READ MORE
Roberta Tomasevic
For the Wolf
Will linger in my mind for a very long time
All the feels of a fairy tale with all the depth of a modern fantasy novel, "For the Wolf" is a story that will linger in my mind for a very long time. I l... READ MORE
Dawn Lewis
For the Wolf
Highly atmospheric
In Valleydan, the First Daughter is for the throne. The Second Daughter is promised as a sacrifice for the Wilderwood and the wolf that lives there, in ord... READ MORE
Evelien Jon
For the Wolf
Hooked from the very first page!
From the very first page, the prose wraps itself around you, demanding you read on making it easy to flow through the opening. Although this is a Red Ridin... READ MORE
For the Wolf
A must read!
Dark fantasy with romance - the story, characters and world-building has been beautifully-written. I absolutely could not get enough of this book, and i ca... READ MORE
For the Wolf
This story is ace!
The magic is different and not without seriously significant repercussions when it is used. Which is just excellent. I hate when magic is just a fix it all... READ MORE
Laura McToal
For the Wolf
A great start to this duology!
For the Wolf had me hooked from the very first page! I found myself lost in the worldbuilding and I found myself rooting for the heroine Red. This is one f... READ MORE
E Birch