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I love retellings and the opportunity to read a Robin Hood retelling was not one I would ever pass up! Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the chance to join in on the fun!
Published May 9, 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call.
Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood.
As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf’s clutches and find the father she’s never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?
My Review: An Interesting and Fast-Paced Story
The Pros: What worked for me
- I liked that the story was not an exact replica of the original Robin Hood tale. The author took liberties to change things up and I really liked this because it brings some variety to a well-known story.
- This book was fast-paced and action-packed! There was always something happening and I was zooming through this book because there was not a single dull moment.
- I love the band of Merry Men! They were so lovable and funny that they lifted the story up and gave it some positive vibes.
The Cons: What I didn’t like
- I didn’t really get a feel for the main character or for the character of Robin Hood. This might be because of the fast pace of the novel not giving the story enough time ot develop the characters. It was just hard to connect to both of them and enjoy their relationship.
Overall, this story read almost like a movie in that it was fast-paced and I could envision everything happening so clearly in my head! If you are looking for a Robin Hood retelling that you will whiz through, consider this one. I’m giving it 3/5 stars.
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