Title: Wolves and Daggers
Author: Melanie Karsak
Series: Steampunk Red Riding Hood #1
When London’s brightest tinkers and alchemists come up missing, Red Cape Society Agent Clemeny Louvel is tasked with finding out what is going on. For help on the case she is assigned a temporary partner – a werewolf with a knightly history and who likes to flirt.
This is a wonderful mash of paranormal, steampunk, fantasy, and retellings. Steampunk is not a genre I read normally but with the paranormal and retelling aspects for this world I couldn’t resist this story. What we see of the world in this first book is very fascinating and I know it will get even cooler in the new book. Also I love that all of Karsak’s steampunk books are set in the same universe so you will occasionally see characters from other books/series pop up.
Agent Clemeny is a werewolf hunter for the Red Cape Society and is known as Little Red to the wolves. She is deadly, smart, and is determined to do her job. I adored her! While we don’t get a huge amount of her history in this book, what we did get was fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about her. Sir Richard was a fascinating hero, even if he is only briefly in this book. He is an old werewolf who is powerful, smart, and clearly attracted to Clemeny. I can’t wait to see how their relationship will play out in the rest of the series.
Overall, this was a fascinating world with some fascinating characters. If you are looking for unique paranormal worlds with kickass heroines, check this series out.