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Robin Hood and Maid Marian--their love has belonged to legend for centuries, and now it belongs to us all, stunningly brought to life by a gifted storyteller. Steeped in the lore of 12th-century England, and filled with passionate, fully-realized characters, Lady of the Forest is a sweeping re-creation of a fascinating story.
Posted January 27, 2010
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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!
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.
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Posted November 25, 2013
-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.
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Posted December 31, 2006
...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.
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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)
Posted January 3, 2014
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.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted November 19, 2013
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.
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Posted November 18, 2013
Swiftkit and Lilykit sneaked through the clan territory, aware that many cats before them had padded here. They silently padded to the next result, aware that there might still be some here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Smokeystar pads in quietly as he saw a mouse nest he croutched down and flicke his tail once then leaped into the air and batted at the nest. Mice started to scurry away scaredly. He croutched down again and flicke his tail and leaped onto a mouse and bite its neck , killing it. He then killed another mouse doing the same thing he did to kill the first on. He purred and began to pad back as he heared a volt. He dropped the mice and croutched down creeping up on the volt. He leaped into the air and sunk his claws into its back and bit its neck. He purred with delight at his killings and padded back to camp.
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Posted October 1, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.