- Page Count: 496
- Release Date: September 5, 2006
- My Rating: 2 stars
The Legend Begins Anew
For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.
Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Stephen R. Lawhead’s latest work conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare yourself for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.
Well that was a letdown. I absolutely love Robin Hood, Wales, anything medieval, and Celtic mythology, so this retelling seemed like the best setup ever!!
Unfortunately it’s just dull the whole way through. The writing was overly descriptive and could have easily been 1/3 of the length. I couldn’t even get into the action scenes. There’s just something weird about the writing that feels forced or like even the author couldn’t bring himself to care much.
The basic plot is that Bran ap Brychan is the king’s heir, but has to flee to a forest on the Welsh border when the king and his warband are all killed. (The super handsome Bran was late to that massacre because he was busy trying to seduce Marien). He meets up with the typical figures like Gysburne, Tuck, and the outlaws. Bran takes the shape of a giant raven, so rumors start circulating about the phantom King Raven who protects the Cymru and won’t be defeated.
So the story had potential, but the execution was super bland all around. The sequel is called “Scarlet” so I still might have to check that out someday… the end of this book did get a bit more interesting! But it’s still not anything I’d recommend.