How many adults remember Little Red Riding Hood? Remember how she meets the wolf on the way to Grandma’s and he gets there first. She is about to be eaten and the woodcutter comes by. Well, this story is about two sisters whose Grandma was eaten by a Fenris (werewolf) and how the sisters become hunters of the werewolf.
Scarlett and Rosie March are sisters living with their Grandma near Atlanta. When they are young a werewolf (Fenris) comes to their house, attacks Grandma, killing her and when he attacks the girls; he has a huge surprise. Scarlett is the oldest and fights the Fenris. He is able to disfigure Scarlett and take one of her eyes before she kills him. There is a woodcutter down the road who finds them and takes care of the girls after Grandma is gone. This woodcutter and their grandma had been neighbors and friends for many years.
The sisters have learned what it takes to lure Fenris to them and then get rid of them. Fenris are attracted to the color red, young innocent girls and every 7 years a special male human. The sisters don red hooded cloaks and act very young and innocent when hunting. Our story takes place at the end of one of the 7 year cycles. Fenris have appeared in the girls’ hometown more than usual and attacks have increased in Atlanta. Now the woodcutter had a son close in age to the sisters. This son, Silas, has come home after being gone for a time. He goes with the sisters to hunt the Fenris in Atlanta.
While in Atlanta, Scarlett and Rosie learn about the special male human the Fenris are hunting. This special human is called a Potential and when he is bit; the Alpha Fenris becomes stronger, the Potential becomes a werewolf and the pack is stronger. Only certain human males are Potentials and the Fenris can only locate them every 7 years around their birthdays. It is every pack in the area that is hunting the Potential, so Atlanta has hundreds of Fenris and the normal populace is totally unaware.
For those adults that liked nursery rhymes or fairy tales as children, you are sure to like this adult version of Little Red Riding Hood. I enjoyed the way Jackson updated the tale for adults. He has written a very detailed, thrilling story. For the romantics he included a romance as well as strong sisterly love. While he did conclude this tale, he has left room for expanding his characters to other actions. This is a well written, thrilling fairy tale that the majority of adults could enjoy.
Reviewed by Antya Gilson