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Author: Rosamund Hodge Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780062346377
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An exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, from the author of Cruel Beauty.

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless—straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in a vain effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. Together, they navigate the opulent world of the courtly elite, where beauty and power reign and no one can be trusted. And as the two become unexpected allies, they discover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic . . . and a love that may be their undoing. Within a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Teens will gladly join this quest to find out if there’s a happy ever after…With a thoroughly developed setting and so many shadowed nods to the Brothers Grimm, this novel will captivate readers. Outstanding.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Hodge’s writing occasionally glimmers with flashes of brilliance…Plot twists and romance keep the pages turning in this grim and intricate take on the classic tale.”


  • “Rachelle’s flaws make her an incredibly sympathetic character…[and] the unusual, intricately woven story and themes make for a worthwhile read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With a slight nod to the vampire era in teen literature and a reminder that these kinds of stories emerged from fairy tales that were often frightening and unpleasant, this book is sure to please a wide range of readers.”


  • “This lush and dark reimagining of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is vibrantly enhanced by Elizabeth Knowelden’s expert narration. With deliberation and a somber tone, she embodies Rachelle’s struggle…Knowelden teases out the nuances of her emotions as she maintains the flat, even tones of the stern façade Rachelle presents to the court. Fairy-tale fans will be thoroughly entranced by the twisted path Rachelle must take to save humanity.”


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About the Author

Rosamund Hodge grew up as a homeschooler in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could get her hands on, especially fantasy and mythology. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in medieval English from Oxford. She now lives in Seattle, Washington. 

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Knowelden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator who has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actress, she trained in London at the Webber Douglas Academy where she received a Sir Laurence Olivier Commendation. Her acting credits include theater, musicals, and national tours in the United Kingdom. Also a film actress, she has participated in BAFTA’s Newcomers Program.