Lady of the Forest

Lady of the Forest

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by Jennifer Roberson
     
 

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A beautiful synthesis of Robin Hood legends. —Marion Zimmer Bradley

With her king a captive and her coffers drained, England is left in turmoil during the Crusades. After the death of her father in the Holy Land, Lady Marian of Ravenskeep finds herself alone—and at the mercy of men vying for her lands and her beauty. Thrust into games of political

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A beautiful synthesis of Robin Hood legends. —Marion Zimmer Bradley

With her king a captive and her coffers drained, England is left in turmoil during the Crusades. After the death of her father in the Holy Land, Lady Marian of Ravenskeep finds herself alone—and at the mercy of men vying for her lands and her beauty. Thrust into games of political intrigue, the sheltered knight's daughter soon learns to trust no one. . .

Afforded a hero's homecoming, Sir Robert of Locksley returns from the Crusades a shattered man. In a country he barely recognizes, one torn apart by treachery and betrayal, he finds in Marian a kindred soul. Their quest for justice will take them into the depths of Sherwood Forest, where the dream of a new England will be born. . .

"An imaginative and riveting novel, impossible to put down." —Booklist

"Robinson expertly evokes the sensations and frustrations of medieval life." —Kirkus

"A diverting, delightful book." —Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marion is retold in Roberson's story. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758292186
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
371,855
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.00(d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Roberson is the author of the Sword-Dancer Saga and the Chronicles of the Cheysuli, and collaborated with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott on the historical fantasy The Golden Key, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also published three historical novels, and several in other genres. An exhibitor and breeder of Cardigan Welsh Corgis, she lives on acreage in Northern Arizona with eight dogs and two cats. She is currently working on the third Karavans novel, with prologue available at her website, http://www.cheysuli.com/author/Index.html.

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Lady of the Forest 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady of the Forest gives a different take on Robin and Marion. Enjoyed it.
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kopsahl More than 1 year ago
Robin of Locksley comes home after being away on the Crusades with King Richard and attempts to go back to normal life. His childhood friend, Marian of Ravenskeep, attends his coming home party in hopes of news on how her father died. Marian only has to look into his eyes to know that Robin is deeply troubled from his time as a prisoner of war. Robin must battle his personal demons before he can but he knows that he has his own demons to fight before he can fight for her. Lady of the Forest is based on how the Robin Hood and Maid Marian legend began. Roberson fleshes out all the characters from the traditional telling of Robin and his Merry Men and gives each one a storyline of their own. Robin starts out a broken man but with the help of Marian he finds he doesn’t have to follow in his father’s footsteps and takes his future into his own hands. Marian starts out as weak but grows into a woman who can stand on her own. The Sheriff is depicted even more villainous and twisted which added a skin crawling creepiness to this dark tale of honor, greed and betrayal. I had very mixed feelings while reading this. I was cringing at times at the crudeness. This is not a fairy tale by any means. I liked the meat of the story but there seemed to be a lot of padding put in making this a lengthy novel (589 pages). In the beginning I was not a fan of Marian because of how pathetic she was acting but I grew to love her. Other characters I just loved to hate. If you are looking for a story about Robin’s adventures, this is not for you. This is how he became that man. (Book was provided by publisher for an honest review)
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LADY OF THE FOREST by Jennifer Roberson is an interesting Medieval Historical Fiction set in 1194 England. #1 in the "Sherwood" series. A Re-issue. The re-telling of Lady Marian of Ravenskeep and Sir Robert of Locksley. What an interesting and intriguing story of betrayal, treachery, a quest for justice,political intrigue and trust. Sir Robert and Lady Marian are kindred souls, one alone, and the other a shattered man from his time in the Crusades. Thus their quest for justice along with a group of others form Sherwood Forest. A fascinating and riveting re-telling of Robin Hood, his Merry Band and the Lady Marian. For a delightful read, pick up "Lady of the Forest" don't be turned off by the length for it is rather lengthy, but you do not notice that, you get so caught up in the story. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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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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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson I wanted to read this series of book because I love the stories of Maid Marian and Robin Hood and their escapades. this first one is at least 600 pages long as is the second one in the series. Starts out with Marian's father dying and Robert was with him at the battle. She's a tough strong one and now the sheriff wants to marry her. She sticks up for those less fortunate and gains them a bit of freedom, sometimes. This last time the sheriff had a plan to not kill the murderer of 4 but to let him fight Little John, who is the opposite of his name sake. If he survives then he won't be killed. But nobody saw what would happen-he escaped and kidnapped Marian. Robert goes back to his castle for recruitment and meets up with his daughter Eleanor who he had attempted to get married but he found out she's slept with every male out there and she just wants Alan the minstrel. We are able to track Marian as she's thrust onto Will Scarlet's back as they track through the woods. They never expected the tracker to find them and now the showdown... Lots of action and back story to this tale, loving every minute of it. Fascinating to learn of all the clothing the women wear and all the skills Marian has with weapons. Love she is able to show up the experts from time to time. Within one chapter there are breaks between groups of people, at the same time while one is searching for the minstrel, there is a fight with the murderer while in another scene the castle receives a visitor. Kinda interesting how after one thing is finished the people from that group spread out and turn up at other places with other skirmishes. Like it's all gonna go full circle. Robin/Robert is still holding out and she loves to hear his laugh. A lot of the problems arise from the political classes: the Normans and the Saxons. Love how some assume something and it's no where near the truth. Love how she tells her story to Robin after he's saved her and now she's saving him... Situation really heats up when Robin finds out the sheriff wants to wed Marian. Great to know and understand what happened between Robin and his father and the whole start of the merry band of men... 593 pages long and I can't wait to start book 2 of this saga. I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! its what started my spark in reading romance, ever since this i am on my 57th romance novel. Lady of the Forest is a wonderfull book, though its long, its well worth the read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was well worth the read, I enjoyed it enourmously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend recommended it to me, and I'm glad she did. Before this, I didn't know the story of Robin hood, but you dont have to to read this book. A classical love story, going into the depth of the relationship between Robin and Marian. But it isn't all love and romance, it has action, humor, and other great aspects. Very good reading.