• Blood Red

  • Elemental Masters, Book 9
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (366 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rosamund is an Earth Master in the Schwarzwald, the ancient Black Forest of Germany. Since the age of 10, she has lived with her teacher, the Hunt Master and Earth Magician of the Schwarzwald Foresters, a man she calls "Papa". Her adoptive Papa rescued her after her original Earth Master teacher, an old woman who lived alone in a small cottage in the forest, was brutally murdered by werewolves. Rosa herself barely escaped, and this terrifying incident molded the course of her future.

For like her fellow Earth Masters of the Schwarzwald Lodge, Rosa is not a healer. Instead, her talents lead her on the more violent path of protection and defense - "cleansing" the Earth and protecting its gentle fae creatures from those evil beings who seek to do them harm. And so Rosa becomes the first woman Hunt Master and the scourge of evil creatures, with a deadly specialty in werewolves and all shapeshifters.

While visiting with a Fire Master - a friend of her mentor from the Schwarzwald Lodge - Rosa meets a pair of Elemental Magicians from Hungary who have come looking for help. They suspect that there is a dark power responsible for a string of murders happening in the remote countryside of Transylvania, but they have no proof. Rosa agrees to help them, but there is a catch: One of the two men asking for aid is a hereditary werewolf.

Rosa has been taught that there are three kinds of werewolves. There are those, like the one that had murdered her teacher, who transform themselves by use of dark magic, and also those who have been infected by the bite of these magical werewolves - these poor victims have no control over their transformative powers. Yet, there is a third kind: Those who have been born with the ability to transform at will. Some insist that certain of these hereditary werewolves are benign. But Rosa has never encountered a benign werewolf!

Can she trust this Hungarian werewolf? Or is the Hunter destined to become the Hunted?

©2014 Mercedes Lackey (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Blood Red

Loved the book. Of course, I have loved Ms Lackey's work for her entire career. Blood Red is a wonderful adult fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. There is much anticipation and excitement. I highly recommend it!

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Another Winner from Mercedes Lackey!

What did you love best about Blood Red?

I love this series and was not disappointed by the new book in the series! A good story line, nicely outlined characters and a lot of interesting details make this book come alive.
A very good narration adds to the enjoyment. Once I started this book it was almost impossible to put it away.
I will definitely listen to it again and again!

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Finally an undeniable badass

I really love ML books. She's always been a favorite author but i was a little annoyed that while her main heroines have gumption and determination, they were not the kind capable of kicking ass. she did a glorious job with rosa. dynamic and deep and very enjoyable.

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Narrator wasn't bad, but I don't know why she thought going Rosa a nasal voice was a good idea?

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Wonderful story but the narrator needs to learn Ge

When I first saw that this story was coming out I was really excited. Setting the action in Germany and Romania was an exciting change for this series (I lived in Bavaria for years and revisit whenever I can). I read it in book form and was very happy. Then I bought the audiobook too so I could revisit the story a new way.

I will say that most of the narration was great - BUT - whenever she said "Schwarzwald" or "Gunter" (she pronounced them "Schw-or-zwald" and "Goonter") it completely threw me out of the book. There were other examples as well but these were the most frequent.

Once the real action started the mistakes came less often and the effect wasn't as bad, but I almost gave up on the book pretty early on.

PLEASE - when the story is set in a different country, have the respect to learn the proper pronunciation of frequently occurring names and other words!

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Engaging Tale

Mercedes Lackey can always be relied upon to spin a clever tale. I love her strong female characters, ability to weave a fantastical world, and writing style that captures the audience. Excellent narrator choice.

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fun read

it does take a hot minute to really get going, a touch too much dancing for my taste. It was a great light read with a fun empowered women at the helm of werewolves and hijinks a plenty.

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Terrible narration

Love this series but I couldn’t finish this book. Narration sounded like someone reading a bedtime story to their child. It’s a shame because the story itself was very good.

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There's a new monster slayer in Europe...

This is probably one of my favorite stories in the Elemental Masters series. After a traumatic event with a werewolf as a child, Rosamund grows up to be an exceptional monster hunter, a field usually dominated by men. After a few perilous run-ins with various dangers, her journey takes her to a remote part of Europe, seeking to quell a possible growing threat she's all too familiar with. Her journey is further unsettled by the fact that she has two traveling companions... one of whom is a supposedly benign werewolf. Among the narrators for this series, Tamara Marston is one of the better ones. Get ready for a lady to deliver some hack-and-slash action.

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As always, a great read!

Lackey is always a great write. I love her spins
on old fairy tales. Blood Red lives up to that.

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  • Craig Massey
  • 07-11-15

Another winner by Mercedes

What if Little Red Riding Hood grew up to hunt down other grandmother killers?
Loved the story and really enjoyed the characterisation by the narrator.
Thank-you Misty and Tamara.