Title: Robin: Lady of Legend
Author: R.M Arcejaeger
Publisher: Platypus Press
Pub Date: Jan 1, 2012
Type: Fantasy Content Rating: Mild
Pages: 382 Avid Reader Time: 3 hours
What if Robin Hood wasn’t the man you thought him to be—what if he wasn’t a man at all?
Robin of Locksley is young, headstrong, and about to receive the worst birthday present of her life. Still struggling to define herself in a society that believes women are fit for little more than governing a household and bearing children, she balks at her father’s plans for her future, but the consequences of her rebellion prove deadly. Hunted by both her father and the Sheriff, Robin is forced to hide her identity and seek refuge as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.
Disguised as a lad for protection, Robin maintains a careful isolation from the world around her…until she chances upon a young boy being beaten to death by the Sheriff’s soldiers. Her rescue of the youth marks the beginning of her leadership in Sherwood forest and of the unfortunates who seek refuge therein. Robin’s endeavors to provide a life of honor and purpose for her people while aiding the land’s downtrodden win her high esteem, but enrage the Sheriff of Nottingham, who plots a deadly fate for her and her band.
As the Sheriff’s traps close in around her and assassins seek to bring her down, Robin must risk losing love, leadership, and life if she is to save her people and fulfill her destiny as one of history’s greatest heroes.
Alive with adventure and danger, sword fights and heists, hatred and love, Robin: Lady of Legend is the never-before-told tale of the girl who became Robin Hood.
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This book is a sweet little nothing book. The story just oozes a happy tale even amongst the conflict. I think it because the tension was never quite there. It had moments that came close to having tension, but fell a shy away. That is not to say that Robin wasn’t good. Because I thoroughly enjoyed it, and consider a favorite. This a great pick me up read on a rainy day.
Arcejaeger writes mainly a bottom up world building. The storyline sticks to Robin’s point of view and her scope of the story. It focuses on her story. The narration jumps from three person limited to omniscient. This can be annoying at times, but it doesn’t detract from the storyline. Although I would be happy sticking with just Robin’s side. Robin: Lady of Legend has solid story construction, but with the point of view switching a couple times in a few chapters made it waver. The author wrote fantastic fight scenes. I believe that ArceJaeger had a good handle on a character’s reaction to killing another character. I really liked how the author let the character feel remorse and guilt. The fact that killing someone wasn’t brushed off, like so many books do these days.
The characters were likeable, and I loved how the band came together slowly becoming a family. Robin is rash and flawed, but she seemed to grow as the story evolves. I believe that by the end of the book, Robin starts to actually become the symbol that Robin Hood is with her bravery and courage in tough times. That she will protect her own even when it could painful to her. I really liked this portrayal of a female robin hood. I also really enjoyed the side characters of the twins and Will Scarlet. There was a time when I felt that the growing love between Robing and Little John was going to intercede with the plot. But it didn’t, although the Little Johns sudden confession and proposal out of the blue seemed a bit out of place. Mainly because there was a long period no romance between the two. It put a small hitch in the storyline, but didn’t derail it.
Overall, I enjoy this book. Its light and fluffy. It just doesn’t seem to climax; it was glossed over in a flashback. That being said it seemed that Robin: Lady of Legend hurried to end. I love Robin Hood stories and they are always a soft spot for me. This is a favorite for me. 4 out of 5 stars. Please recommend any other Robin Hood stories!! Gender bent or otherwise!
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