I was recently asked if I would like to join in on a blog tour involving a retelling of Robin Hood. Of course I couldn’t pass it up because I love the classic tale as well as the movie versions. So I present to you, Robin Hood’s Dawn!
Robin Hood’s Dawn:
Book One in the Robin Hood Trilogy
By Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer
A KINGDOM UNDER ASSAULT, A CONSPIRACY BORN OF ANARCHY,
AND A HERO STANDING AGAINST TYRANNY
A story birthed from both history and folklore— step into a unique retelling of the Robin
Set in 12 th century England and France, a time of anarchy, intrigue, and turmoil, Robin
Hood’s Dawn [Angevin World Publishing, January 16, 2018] by authors Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer offers readers a carefully crafted story blending real history with key elements of the Robin Hood legend. In an intriguing story that highlights Robin’s family background and dynamics like never before, readers will be undeniably enchanted as they follow Robin Fitzooth, a man falsely convicted of a shocking crime who finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood. Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family.
As shadowy forces gather to destroy the future of a nation, Robin faces deceit, betrayal,
and the ravages of war as he defends his king, his country, his people, and the woman he loves from a conspiracy so diabolical, so unexpected, that the course of history hangs in the balance.
From the mists of an ancient woodland, to lavish royal courts teeming with intrigue, and the exotic shores of the Holy Land — Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle between good and evil, justice and tyranny, the future and the past.
Developed in a fast-paced storyline with elements of political intrigue, questionable
morality, adventure, romance, suspense, and mystery, Robin Hood’s Dawn is part one of an enthralling three-part retelling of the legend of Robin Hood.
A timely and provocative read broadening the storyline of this well-known legend, Robin
Hood’s Dawn reveals:
· Historical detail in the events, characters, and locations throughout the storyline
· The intrinsic value of all people, regardless of wealth and status
· The inherently raw characteristics of Robin Hood—an indomitable, clever, and honorable man who is also overconfident and reckless
· The transformation of Lady Marian into a powerful female character who faces danger
with an intrepid spirit
· The moral imperative of defending the powerless against tyrannical government officials
· And so much more!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and any thoughts on this books are completely my own.
Almost everyone has heard the classic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry band of men who stole from the rich and gave to the poor while battling with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, the beautiful Maid Marian and the war of France that King Richard was battling with. I always wondered what the back story could have been on Robin Hood and what let him to do the things he was doing.
This book was just what I was looking for because it not only gave a back story as to why France was so at war with England but also who Robin Hood could have been and the story behind what happened.
In this version Robin Hood was born Robert Robin Fitzooth, the Earl of Huntingdon who spends his time helping those less fortunate, becoming a skilled archer and spending time with his betrothed Marian. Though there’s a shadowing of his parents’ death, Robin is doing his best to move on and enjoy life in the present with his beloved at his side. Just when things seem to be falling into place, his mentor and Marian’s Father are murdered. If that wasn’t terrible enough, Robin is falsely accused of performing the striking blow and becomes an outlaw after escaping his prison into the Sherwood Forest.
Robin is determined to get to the bottom of this false claim and sets out on a journey with loyal companions at his side to learn the truth of who really killed his mentor, clear his name and hopefully spend a quieter life with Marian at his side.
Things are not so easily solved and he finds himself caught up in a plot that was brought about long before he was born that involved his Father, trusted advisers and a host of people who turned on their liege in a crucial moment and the after affects are not quite done with the next generation.
I loved getting to know more of who Robin Hood could have been and what his real motivation was in battling with the Sheriff and what caused him to be so loyal to the English King.
I also loved getting to know Marian a bit better and see her grow as a person. She always struck me as a woman with her own mind and she was not someone you wanted as your enemy. A heart full of gold but also a woman not afraid to stand her ground.
Full of adventure, intrigue, history and revenge, it was a wonderful retelling of the classic Robin Hood tale. This is part one of a series so you can be there will be much more information and another adventure when the next book is released!
This book has inspired me to want to read more versions of the classic Robin Hood and even try to do some research as to who the man behind the myth could have been in real life. After all, they say that the truth can be stranger than fiction. Also, any one else suddenly have a craving to listen to the 90’s soundtrack of Robin Hood staring Kevin Costner or is it just me?
Thank you so much for dropping by to read my thoughts and I hope that if you enjoy retellings, that you’ll pick yourself up a copy or borrow it from a friend.
Until next time, happy reading!
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