Author: Meagan Spooner
Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Robin of Locksley is dead.
Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley andMarian’s fiancé.
Who is there to stop them?
Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.
I think my review of this book is going to fall into the unpopular opinions category.. for the most part.. I actually enjoyed this book and I know a lot didn’t…
First let’s be shallow and say that I adored this cover.. it’s such a great aesthetic for this book… Okay now let’s go back to the actual review…I think the problem was that many were expecting Robin to pop up and he didn’t (which actually was one thing that kept me in suspense through most of the book — Will he, won’t he) This book was about loss and finding a purpose beyond yourself…
I liked the gender bender with Marian becoming Robin… and I didn’t mind how she seemed to be even better than the original, in terms of archery and such.. I got a kick out of that… I wasn’t even questioning the fact that nobody knew that the Hood was a girl (and that is something I tend to do in this type of books) So that tells me that I was invested in the story enough not to pick it too badly apart..
The issues I did had with the story was the Romance.. I wanted more interaction between them particularly if you wanted to convince me of her feelings for him… It was a hard relationship to begin with and it felt one-sided the whole time… until a rushed end..
My other complain was that I wanted more from the merry men… They always play a huge part in Robin Hood that I miss them here..
In the end it was okay as far as retellings go.. and I would recommend it to someone who enjoys kick ass female characters in a fantasy setting with a fast paced story line.. but just leave your craving for the real Robin aside or you won’t enjoy this book..