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Hood (King Raven Trilogy Series #1)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great take on the Robin Hood saga

I have always been a fan of Robin Hood ever since I saw the Disney cartoon as a little child. And this book does not disappoint. It is an interesting take on the well-known aspects of the Hood legend with some great thought-provoking twists on what I always understood...
I have always been a fan of Robin Hood ever since I saw the Disney cartoon as a little child. And this book does not disappoint. It is an interesting take on the well-known aspects of the Hood legend with some great thought-provoking twists on what I always understood to be true. The only part that I struggled with was the language. It took at least the first chapter or more to get in the flow of the old english-ish style. But don't give up on the story... this one was a great start to his trilogy.

posted by oregon_sundevil on June 8, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Good, but could have been stronger

This story begins with King Brychan, Lord of Elfael, leading his warband to Lundein to swear fealty to King William the Red. A half day's journey away, they meet Norman Raiders. The king explains their mission, but the Norman's do not care. It is three hundred Normans a...
This story begins with King Brychan, Lord of Elfael, leading his warband to Lundein to swear fealty to King William the Red. A half day's journey away, they meet Norman Raiders. The king explains their mission, but the Norman's do not care. It is three hundred Normans against thirty Welsh, and King Brychan and his men are slaughtered.

One man escapes to bring news to the people of Elfael. When Prince Bran hears the news, his first thought is to flee to his kinsmen in the north, but he is persuaded to go to King William and plead for assistance. King William is not in Lundein, however, and the cardinal explains that Elfael was sold to a Norman man. Prince Bran may buy it back at three times the cost.

Outraged, Prince Bran returns home only to be hunted by the new Norman Lord of Elfael. Bran is left for dead in the Marsh, but an old woman mends his wound and heart. When Bran is well again, he is a changed man. No longer will he allow these Norman invaders to torment his people. He leads his men to take their land back. But in Elfael, all think Prince Bran is dead. There is only one way they can describe the creature that haunts the forest. Rhi Bran y Hud, which means: King Raven the Enchanter.

This book was very well written. Stephen Lawhead does an excellent job with his historical research and language. I was impressed about that. This story did have a really long and boring middle section where Bran was delirious during his healing process. The old woman told him long stories as he healed. I realize that these stories were part of what changed his character, but I just wanted to get back to the story already. If not for that middle section, I would have liked this book a lot more. Still, it's an interesting look at the legend of Robin Hood and worth a read.

posted by Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews on May 20, 2009

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  • Posted December 20, 2008

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    Lawhead does an interesting retelling of the Robin Hood tale.

    Set in Wales during the French occupation, 'Hood' begins with the spoiled prince who suddenly finds himself fatherless and in the middle of a political battle for his lands. Lawhead introduces the reader to Little John and Friar Tuck, but not by those names. The twist is in the translation. An exciting read, 'Hood' is for anyone who ever found the tales of Robin Hood to be thrilling but always felt there was more to the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    What will you do with your life now that you have it back?  Book

    What will you do with your life now that you have it back? 
    Book One of the King Raven Trilogy, this book marks a distinctive retelling of the Robin Hood legend in a way I didn’t expect but certainly appreciate. Fans of Batman Begins will eat this up. This version is darker, scarier, more realistic and different enough that it comes off as completely fresh and original. I doubt anyone can read this and not read the other two. I hadn’t read a book by Lawhead before but if this is a good indication of the quality of work he churns out, then I consider myself a fan. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Brings fairytales ro life

    Good read.Believable and entertaining. The author sets the legend in Wales based on research he has done into the Robib Hood legends.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

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    Highly Recommended - A Breath of Fresh Air

    Every time I read a Stephen Lawhead book I¿m amazed at how much I like his books. You¿d think, by now, I¿d come to expect that I¿d like his books. Oh well, this says more about me than it does about him but it¿s kind of nice to be able to be surprised at how much you like something so I think I¿ll just keep with it. This reimagining of the Robin Hood mythology is a breath of fresh air. Going through the book it¿s fun to realize which of the characters you remember from the story you¿re meeting. The names are changed to match what would be more accurate names for the time period. I enjoyed every bit of this one and it would have appeal to many different types of readers. If you¿re thinking about reading this one, I say go for it! 4/5

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