The cover isn’t amazing, but it shows what the story is about and it’s clear that it’s going to be a lot like a classic Robin Hood story. The title and the colours look good, although the author’s name in the corner doesn’t really match the rest of the cover. Having said that, I believe this book is only available as an ebook and so the cover isn’t going to make as much of a difference to whether someone would buy it or not.
This book had everything a typical Robin Hood retelling needs – archery, outlaws, a forest and an evil Sheriff. All the usual elements were there, although there were some things that were introduced in different manners, and I did enjoy seeing familiar characters and events in this book.
This book had a very happy and jovial feeling to it. It was really nice reading it because, as with most fairytales, when something bad is happening you know it’s going to end up alright. The plot was predictable at times, as is expected with a retelling of such a classic story, but there were some twists that I didn’t really expect. The story never slowed down too much and whenever I picked up it did hold my attention with whatever was happening. I wasn’t keen on the dialogue at the beginning of the book, but I grew used to it as the story went on and it soon stopped being a problem for me.
All the classic characters are in this book, like Little John, Marian and Will Scarlet, although there relationships with each other are a little different compared with the classic stories. Robin is the one who connects everyone and, although I enjoyed reading about her, she did seem to be a bit of a Mary Sue who excelled at pretty much everything. She did become more interesting towards the end of the book, but I felt her character could have been thought a bit more.
Similarly, the other characters were also a bit one-dimensional as I never seemed to get to know them properly. Some have more of a role than others in the story and they all have different personalities, but they were a little flat sometimes. However, I liked the interactions between the characters, and I was a fan of the twins (who, in my mind, looked a little like the Weasley twins).
The Little Things
I loved the descriptions in this book. They were so beautiful and vivid in my mind, and there were some that I had to reread just to experience them again.
The friendship between the merry men was perfect. I loved the way they’d have archery and cudgel competitions in the evenings, and they all seemed to get on so well with each other.
This book was definitely worth the read, although some characters could have been made more interesting with more of a personality. I won’t be rereading it, but it was a nice addition to the world of Robin Hood.
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