SciFi Book Review: Black Widow: Forever Red

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

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.

Natasha (Black Widow) saved Ava from the same man who tortured Natasha as a child and turned her into a lethal assassin. But years later, when Ava is in danger again, she wants nothing to do with the young woman who all but abandoned her in America. Ava is a strong-willed teen who has strange dreams. And when she meets the boy she’s been dreaming about, nothing will ever be the same.

Forever Red is a standalone book marketed for young adults that older Marvel fans will enjoy as well. Black Widow is such a great character, that it’s past time that she get her own story past just comics. Though this story equally, if not more, focuses on Ava as well. This is Ava’s origin story as well. This link will take you to a bit of a spoiler about her character. I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting story with plenty of mystery, intrigue, drama, action, and a bit of romance. And I hope this only the first of many standalone Marvel books that Disney Publishing releases. Keep them coming.

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