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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Out of the mists of legend...

...comes the tale of Robin Hood told through the eyes of Maid Marian. In a realm torn by greed, Marian Fitzwalter wishes to ask but a single question of a man back from the dead. When the fair creature with the raven hair and sapphire eyes asks of him a question, Robert...
...comes the tale of Robin Hood told through the eyes of Maid Marian. In a realm torn by greed, Marian Fitzwalter wishes to ask but a single question of a man back from the dead. When the fair creature with the raven hair and sapphire eyes asks of him a question, Robert of Locksley is captured by her...though he does not immediately realize it. Out of loyalty to a dead man, Robin carries a message to the daughter of Hugh Fitzwalter, but cannot find the heart to deliver it. Drawn together by loss and love, the familiar beloved tale of Robin Hood and Maid Marian comes to life through the words of Jennifer Roberson and directly to our hearts.

posted by Anonymous on December 31, 2006

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Lady Of The Forest

My Synopsis:


Lady Of The Forest by Jennifer Roberson is a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend.

Maid Marian is still reeling from the death of her father, Hugh FitzWalter, and wondering what will happen to her childhood home of Ravenskeep, when the Sheriff of Not...
My Synopsis:


Lady Of The Forest by Jennifer Roberson is a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend.

Maid Marian is still reeling from the death of her father, Hugh FitzWalter, and wondering what will happen to her childhood home of Ravenskeep, when the Sheriff of Nottingham takes an interest in her.

Robert of Locksley has only recently returned home from the crusades where he fought at the side of Richard the Lionheart. Still nursing old wounds and deeper emotional scars he fights to return to his old life even though he has become a different man.

The lives of Marian and Robin are destined to intertwine as the heir to a vast throne becomes known as an infamous outlaw, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Or is that how the story goes? What of Little John and Sherwood forest? What did Will Scarlett do to receive punishment of death? Will Prince John succeed in stealing Richard's throne... Guess you'll have to read to find out!

My Thoughts:

I actually read this book over a long period. It is over 600 pages long and is a bit on the slow side in the beginning.

I, like most readers, was very much aware of the Legend of Robin Hood, from movies, like Kevin Costner's, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and the BBC weekly show, "Robin Hood." It's a story we've always heard. Robin Hood stole from the poor and gave to rich. He was able to shoot a bow so well that he could split another arrow in to. He was the confidant of King Richard. I believe when I started this novel I was expecting to have those tried and true idea's about Robin Hood challenged. I was expecting something new and different. I realize that re-telling a legend is probably one of the more difficult pursuits for an author, but I was a little disappointed. After reading the entire book I felt like I hadn't learned anything new.

The story telling was excellent the characters were very well developed, the settings were descriptive and beautiful. But, you knew exactly what was going to happen. Maid Marian and Robin Hood's love story has been told time and again and I just wanted something more, some sort of different take on the tale.

Jennifer Roberson's follow up book, The Lady of Sherwood continues the story where Lady of the Forest leaves off. Sadly, I haven't picked that one up. I've read other books by Jennifer Roberson that I enjoyed very much. Like the Sword-Dancer series and the Karavan's Series which I highly recommend, but I just wasn't too thrilled with Lady of the Forest.

posted by Justpeachy1 on January 27, 2010

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Lady Of The Forest

    My Synopsis:


    Lady Of The Forest by Jennifer Roberson is a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend.

    Maid Marian is still reeling from the death of her father, Hugh FitzWalter, and wondering what will happen to her childhood home of Ravenskeep, when the Sheriff of Nottingham takes an interest in her.

    Robert of Locksley has only recently returned home from the crusades where he fought at the side of Richard the Lionheart. Still nursing old wounds and deeper emotional scars he fights to return to his old life even though he has become a different man.

    The lives of Marian and Robin are destined to intertwine as the heir to a vast throne becomes known as an infamous outlaw, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Or is that how the story goes? What of Little John and Sherwood forest? What did Will Scarlett do to receive punishment of death? Will Prince John succeed in stealing Richard's throne... Guess you'll have to read to find out!

    My Thoughts:

    I actually read this book over a long period. It is over 600 pages long and is a bit on the slow side in the beginning.

    I, like most readers, was very much aware of the Legend of Robin Hood, from movies, like Kevin Costner's, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and the BBC weekly show, "Robin Hood." It's a story we've always heard. Robin Hood stole from the poor and gave to rich. He was able to shoot a bow so well that he could split another arrow in to. He was the confidant of King Richard. I believe when I started this novel I was expecting to have those tried and true idea's about Robin Hood challenged. I was expecting something new and different. I realize that re-telling a legend is probably one of the more difficult pursuits for an author, but I was a little disappointed. After reading the entire book I felt like I hadn't learned anything new.

    The story telling was excellent the characters were very well developed, the settings were descriptive and beautiful. But, you knew exactly what was going to happen. Maid Marian and Robin Hood's love story has been told time and again and I just wanted something more, some sort of different take on the tale.

    Jennifer Roberson's follow up book, The Lady of Sherwood continues the story where Lady of the Forest leaves off. Sadly, I haven't picked that one up. I've read other books by Jennifer Roberson that I enjoyed very much. Like the Sword-Dancer series and the Karavan's Series which I highly recommend, but I just wasn't too thrilled with Lady of the Forest.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Read Sonething Else

    -The Wheel of Time: Robert Jordan
    -The Game of Thrones: George R R Martin
    -Mistborn: Brandon Sanderson
    -The Stormlight Archives: Brandon Sanderson (My personal favorite)
    -The Lord of the Rings: J R R Tolkien
    -The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: James A Owens
    -Graceling, Fire, & Bitterblue: Kristen Cashore
    -Tailchaser's Song: Tad Williams

    If you want to reaf some decent books, I suggest looking at the authors/series above. Once I started reading them, I found it very difficult (avtually it was impossible) to go back to the teenage/ Young Adult crap that's technically what kids my age are supposed to be reading. The Wheel of Time series (which I'm currently reading) is SO MUCH BETTER WRITTEN THAN THINGS LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES AND HARRY POTTER!!!! I can no longer read books without thinking snarky things like, 'Well, I guess they were trying to write for five year olds, 'cause this book SUCKS'. My advice: save your money so you can read the books I mentioned above. They are SO much better written than things like Lady of the Forest. And also, when you write a review, try to use punctuation and verb tenses correctly. I understand that I'm top in a high school level English class even though I'm in Eight Grade, but Adults are supposed to be better than kids at EVERYTHING. It's pretty sad you all can't write anything better- even on an anonymius review.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Waste of money

    I expected a fun Maid Marian and Robin Hood story, instead I got a lot of unwelcomed sex and attempts of rape and sexual desires. I felt that the chivalry that we are used too was dead and destroyed. I never even finished the book. I read seven chapters in hopes it would get better, but it didn't. I have been reading the Game Of Thrones and thought parts of it were bad, but this book is worse by far as far as sex goes. I have no intention to finish it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Boring

    I am a fan of the sword series by roberson and i liked the first couple karavans novels but i am about 200 pgs in and i do not think i will finish this one. Too much backstory and i really dislike her books where the female lead is such a simpering idiot. Glad this one was on sale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

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