Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 4 is ‘The Red Rider’ by Randall Allen Dunn.
A reinvention of the traditionally loved Red Riding Hood, this captured my attention with its striking cover and fascinating promise of a fairy tale blended with the story of a Joan of Arc type figure.
Little Red Riding Hood is heading back into the woods to meet the big bad wolves… but she’s not little anymore.
Having survived a childhood attack from a savage wolf, 16-year old Helena Basque remains disfigured with triple scars across her face. Bullied and plagued by nightmares of a supernatural wolf that spoke and stood upright, Helena urges her father to teach her how to hunt and defend herself. When she loses her parents and young sister to the wolves, receiving no help from the French government or her local priest, Helena sets out on her own to avenge her family.
Armed by her friend Pierre with a repeating crossbow and other unique weapons, Helena takes a stand against the creatures, donning a red cloak like the one she was once forbidden to wear. She soon discovers a mysterious cult of werewolves with secret plans to seize control of Versailles and the entire French nation.
Isolated and determined to accept whatever fate befalls her, Helena wages a one-girl war against the monsters as a strange and unlikely hero, refusing to surrender or slow down until she destroys the beasts. Every last one of them.
I found it at Amazon.