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robin’s hood review
to say i enjoyed robin’s hood is an understatement. i loved it. this book gave off so many bbc robin hood (2006) vibes, and i’m totally here for it! it was a fun, lighthearted read. i really enjoyed the length of the book, being shorter than a regular novel, which made it so much easier to read.
for the characters, i really enjoyed them all in their own ways. i liked how john became a larger part of this story as it went on. he’s just so kind and caring.
marian, who was our main character, developed so much over such a small amount of time. from previous robin hood retellings, i’ve always hated marian. she was always weak and defenseless, however in robin’s hood, she was strong and capable. and she didn’t irritate me.
robin himself is an integral part of this story, although he’s mostly mentioned, and doesn’t play much of a role. the book revolves around his spirit (i’m assuming this is the correct word), as he’s not the one doing the kind deeds, but it’s being done in his name.
as for the plot, it never bored me. i like to think that’s because this book was shorter than a regular novel, so there wasn’t much chance for it to become boring. something was always happening.
and for the few things that i disliked:
i know it’s a historical fiction, but i really hated the language used in the book. i felt it took away from the actual reading experience and made it more difficult than it needed to be. also, why use the word mayhap in nearly every paragraph? at first it was amusing, but after a while it became irritating.
and despite being labelled as a fantasy, i wouldn’t call it one at all. there’s one minor detail that might have fantasy tendencies (the hood), but it’s hardly magical. i feel like placing robin’s hood into the fantasy category is wildly deceiving. that being said, as a historical fiction novel, it’s a wonderful retelling of an old tale.
now i have to patiently wait for the rest of the series. (and you bet i can’t wait for it!!)
thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.