• Page Count: 320
  • Release Date: August 17, 2018
  • My Rating: 2 stars

When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.

I love Robin Hoood and retellings, so I thought the main idea here was fun… but I wasn’t too big on the story as a whole.

Silviana is the daughter of Loughsley and her brother John is the cruel sheriff who tries to control her life. One day she escapes into the forest with her best friend Bird (Robert Falconer) where they meet up with Little Jane, a pregnant girl who’s trying to kill herself. Their group ends up “rebelling” by trying to provide for themselves and be free, but the story mostly just sets up the rebellion for the next book.

The main character and tone of the story felt on the younger side, so I initially thought maybe this was just targeted at a younger YA crowd. But then it had multiple characters who had tried to kill themselves and went into the topics of suicide & abortion in a way that felt really poorly handled and definitely not for that age range.

The only time the story really got any depth was when it went into a ton of detail about the hunting, killing, and eating of animals. I’m not against hunting and I live on a farm (so I’ve eaten my “pets” before), but still thought this was weirdly graphic… it just stuck out awkwardly. So if you don’t like reading about animals suffering then maybe steer clear of this.

Otherwise, the story was pretty simplistic. None of the characters were particularly well developed and I never really got into the story. At first I thought maybe it was just because the book was too short, but I actually reallllly wouldn’t have wanted to read any more of this. I still think the author had a fun idea, though, and I did like the pretty forest setting!

Thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

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