Hood (King Raven Trilogy #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead — 9781401685393 — ****
Time to Read: 8 Days
Norman invaders have killed the king of Elfael, leaving his reluctant heir Bran ap Brychan to reclaim the throne and save his people from tyranny. When the usurper to his crown sends men to hunt him down, Bran is badly wounded, but finds help from a strange woman of the forest who helps him see that he can be a better man and king than his father, if only he can reclaim his birthright.
When I picked up this book, I was expecting a Robin Hood story, but Hood is not your typical re-telling of this age-old legend. Stephen R. Lawhead puts a twist on it, taking Robin out of Sherwood Forest and transforming him into a prince-turned-rogue. The characters we all know and love are there, though their names are slightly different, and Bran’s quest goes above and beyond robbing the rich and giving to the poor as he tries to find a way to save the conquered people of Elfael from the cruel Norman invaders.
This book is better than I’d expected, and I’d expected a lot from it. It has been on my “To Read” list for a long time, and I am very glad I finally decided to actually read it. Now, forgive me if this review is short. I’m off to read the second book in the King Raven Trilogy: Scarlet.
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