Black Widow: Forever Red Review


Black Widow: Forever Red

By Margaret Stohl

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

Summary from Goodreads.

A few years ago Marvel announced that they were venturing into the world of books. Black Widow: Forever Red is first result of this. Whether it is canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe I am unable to tell, but I decided to not take as canon as I struggled to place where it happened.

Lets start with what I did not enjoy, the writing style. Not that it is bad, but I just think that I have gotten over the Young Adult style of writing. I feel like that Black Widow: Forever Red would have benefited from having being written more along the lines of adult for the world building and how the characters interact.

Apart from the writing style, which is something that I know I do not enjoy, the plot and characters in Black Widow: Forever Red was really good. The storyline did not jump form place to place too much and didn’t leave anything unexplained. Whilst some people (like myself) may find this annoying and enjoy not having everything being told to us, it is nice to not have to think whilst reading and just watch the story unfold itself.

One thing that I should note though is that even though it is a Black Widow novel, she does not become a significant aspect of it until about half way though. The first half is not written in her perspective which disappointed me as I went in expecting it to be purely a Black Widow novel.

If you enjoy either the MCU or the Marvel comics, then chances are that you will enjoy this novel.


Have you read Black Widow: Forever Red? Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

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