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Lion Heart (Scarlet Series #3)

Lion Heart (Scarlet Series #3)

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by A. C. Gaughen

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The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.


The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

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“Following in the tradition of Tamora Pierce's stories of feisty, kickass heroines and drawing on some factual underpinnings. . . Gaughen's tale will satisfy teen readers seeking action-packed romantic adventure set alluringly in another age. Fans of Scarlet will celebrate both this opportunity to revisit Gaughen's colorfully depicted long-ago world and her suspenseful ending to a lively story.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A must-read series conclusion, sure to spark interest in the life and times of Richard the Lionhearted.” —School Library Journal

“Debut novelist Gaughen does more than offer a rip-roaring tale, though it is that. The story, told in Scar's distinctive first-person voice, captivates and gets readers as deeply into the heart of a troubled girl . . . has plenty for both the romantic and the adventure lover.” —starred review, Booklist on SCARLET

“A reimagined Robin Hood tale with a distinctive twist.” —RT Book Reviews on SCARLET

“Plenty of swashbuckling adventure and a hearty dose of romance power this re-imagining of the legend of Robin Hood.” —School Library Journal on SCARLET

Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
A.C. Gaughen’s main character, Scarlet, has captured the heart of Robin Hood (“Rob”) and after endless obstacles and countless threats, readers will delight in finding out the fate of the famous Lady Thief. Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. She learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy and Scarlet’s help is needed to free him. Forging a newfound allegiance to the royal family, Scarlet knows that helping the royal family will put her and those she loves back in Prince John’s sights. Desperate to not risk anyone’s life but her own, Scarlet forms a plan to save the king on her own. The love story between Scarlet and Rob continues from previous titles and readers will find out if their love is enough to save them. Lion Heart is the third and final book in the “Scarlet” series. If readers are unfamiliar with the previous titles, they may have a hard time following the story line and may have a difficult time understanding the relationships between the characters. Gaughen has done a remarkable job ending this trilogy. The characters are believable and evoke a myriad of feelings. While the pace is fast, Gaughen masterfully slows the storyline at the right points to give the reader a chance to catch his or her breath. There are several sub plots happening alongside the main one but Gaughen weaves them together so intricately that they form this page turning novel. This book will please both male and female readers. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler; Ages 12 up.
VOYA, August 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 3) - Judith A. Hayn
What if Will Scarlet in Robin Hood’s band of merry men were a girl in disguise? What if she and Robin fell in love, and she discovered that she is the bastard daughter of Richard III? This plucky heroine has survived numerous adventures and near-death experiences in the two previous entries in the Scarlet trilogy, Scarlet (Bloomsbury, 2012/Voya December 2011) and Lady Thief (Bloomsbury, 2014/Voya February 2014). In the third and final book, history tells us that King Richard was held for ransom after the Crusades, and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Queen Mother, and her other son, the evil Prince John, force the poverty-stricken English population to come up with the money. Scarlet (or Marian, her real name) has escaped Prince John’s captivity, but his plans to track her down and kill her still threaten her every move. She reunites with Robin, and the two rule Nottingham as her legacy from the king. They determine to thwart John’s plans to steal the ransom in order to place himself on the throne. Other historical figures pop in and out of the tale, along with those from legend. Readers can enjoy determining what is real and what is not as they follow the romantic duo through the chaos and suspense of impending doom. Scarlet is a worthy protagonist for adolescent female readers, and the love story between Robin and Marian adds starry-eyed entanglements to delight fans of that genre. The nonstop action that peppers the plot will entice male teens with a penchant for semihistorical fiction. Reviewer: Judith A. Hayn; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this finale to the "Scarlet" trilogy (Bloomsbury), Marian (aka Scarlet), imprisoned for months by her ruthless uncle Prince John, dares to escape, only to learn that her father's life is in jeopardy. Her grandmother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, asks her to serve as her knife-wielding spy in order to bring King Richard home safely, but Scarlet, now the recently titled Lady Huntingdon, decides that she must return to Nottinghamshire to face her fate and reunite with her true love, Robin Hood. As with Scarlet (2012) and Lady Thief (2014), this volume is replete with action and romance, each chapter adding just enough tension to continually engage teens. Scarlet once again emerges as a complex, well-developed protagonist, while Rob, Eleanor, and David (her knight protector) are quite well-rounded secondary characters. The action is fast-moving, the dialogue realistic, and the historical details accurately portrayed. While Gaughen admits to having tampered with King Richard's time line in the author's note, she clearly explains how the tale's events and personages fit into their historical context. Potentially difficult vocabulary is elucidated within the prose, and the subplots are masterfully interwoven with the action of the principal story. VERDICT An must-read series conclusion, sure to spark interest in the life and times of Richard the Lionhearted.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Kirkus Reviews
This third and concluding volume in Gaughen's retelling of the Robin Hood legend from Marian's point of view finds Marian (aka Scarlet) facing execution after months of imprisonment by evil Prince John.She escapes and meets with her grandmother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who asks for her help raising ransom to bring King Richard home, though what Marian longs to do is reunite with her beloved Robin—even though that may put Robin in danger. After Marian saves Eleanor from an ambush, she meets up with Robin in Nottingham. Through a twist of fate, she's now a powerful lady whose swift rise in status (granted by her father, King Richard) gives her holdings in Nottingham and the social standing to defy Prince John's cruelty—though she still needs her street-fighting skills to fend off occasional assassins. The plot moves briskly, with an even mix of heart-fluttering love scenes and gritty fight sequences. Following in the tradition of Tamora Pierce's stories of feisty, kickass heroines and drawing on some factual underpinnings (explained in an engaging author's note), Gaughen's tale will satisfy teen readers seeking action-packed romantic adventure set alluringly in another age.Fans of Scarlet will celebrate both this opportunity to revisit Gaughen's colorfully depicted long-ago world and her suspenseful ending to a lively story. (Historical fiction. 13-18)

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Bloomsbury USA
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A. C. Gaughen's Scarlet Series , #3
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6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

A.C. Gaughen is the author of Scarlet, Lady Thief, and Lion Heart. She serves as the Director of Girls' Leadership for the non-profit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.


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Lion Heart (Scarlet Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Held true with the rest of the series and didn't disappoint. Lots of action. It's hard to not love these characters. The only ONLY complaint I have is that I felt some information needed clarifying. Like I would have wanted to know what happened between David and Allen. I also would have liked even just a few pages of life back in Nottinghamshire after the ending. I kind of felt cheated but it was a completed ending. Great stuff!!
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
A great combination of well-researched, largely historically accurate fiction and a kickass heroine who doesn't let the constraints of the time period slow her down. Watching Scarlet learn how to fight with her words and her actions as well as her fists and her knives was so rewarding, and the culmination of her relationship with Rob is well worth two books' worth of heartache. The side characters are WONDERFUL, from the common folk in Nottingham to the nobles Scarlet negotiates with at court, and the author's version of Eleanor of Aquitaine remains one of my favorites. Throw in a jail break, an evil plot, a serious amount of theft, and a bunch of scary encounters with a delightfully unhinged Prince John, and you've got a fitting conclusion to a Robin Hood and Maid Marian retelling that has more than earned its place within the existing canon. If you haven't picked these books up yet, you really, really should.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is one of my favorite series and i hate to see it end but the author did a wonderful job writing the story
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Ever imagined yourself a swashbuckling outlaw leaping through the forest, inches ahead of the greedy nobility from whom you've just stolen money enough to ensure that your people will withstand another tax season with their heads intact? No? Just me? Oh, well ... For those of you who nodded as you read that descriptor, never fear. There are a number of us, and I imagine one of them is probably author A. C. Gaughen, whose Scarlet trilogy is a tremendously well-written and engaging, and newly re-imagined rendition of the classic story of the hero and outlaw Robin Hood. The trilogy consists of SCARLET, LADY THIEF, and LION HEART, listed in correct reading order, and trust me when I tell you, you really need to read them in the right order. Otherwise, you'll be thoroughly confused, having been plunged into a melee of intricately crafted subplots peopled with characters compelling enough to walk right off the pages. My favorite character throughout the series is Scarlet, the title character of the first novel, and the point-of-view character through whose eyes readers experience the entire story line in all three books. She is as three-dimensional and realistic as can be, full of unique qualities, abilities, and contradictions --- like her gruff exterior versus her soft heart for the suffering --- that make her a sympathetic character from the first page. And anyone who appreciates the original Robin Hood tale will be relieved to know that Gaughen took great pains as she crafted each character, and that she included all the usual suspects, so to speak, from Little John to Friar Tuck, but with her own delightful twists in every individual instance. It's a delight and a pleasure to present this trilogy to my readers for their consideration, and I can't stress enough how highly I regard the trilogy and its author for its heart-warming, suspenseful, devastating impact. # # # Disclaimer: The opinions I have expressed are my own.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Oh man. I love this series so much and am so sad that it has come to an end. I decided to binge the whole series together, since I wanted to reread the first two anyway so everything was fresh in my mind, and I am so glad I did. This was such a good ending to the series. I will try to not spoil things from the first two books, but I make no promises. Oh Scarlet. How I love her. She has been through so much, but she stays strong. Most importantly, she doesn't lose her heart. It would be so easy for her to become jaded, but she still cares for her people. She wants to do what's right, no matter the consequence to herself. We also see how much she's changed, from being less rash and reckless, to learning how to wield her power as a noblewoman. Learning that being willing to die for someone isn't always the way to help them (insert Hamilton reference - "dying is easy, young man. Living is harder"). And Robin. I feel that we didn't see him as much. That is, he was definitely there a lot. But developmentally, I feel this book focused solely on Scarlet. However, Scarlet and Robin together grow and mature, but I feel that we also got to see more of all the secondary cast, as they also learn that they can help. Scarlet and Rob don't have to do this all by themselves, and it was so great to see their friends rally around them. And like the other novels, it was fast-paced and suspenseful the whole way. it will definitely keep you on your toes until the end. In fact, when it did end, at first I didn't believe it. Surely there had to be more?!? But then I realized that it was, in fact, a great ending for the story. I love this series so much, and I would definitely recommend it if you haven't started it already (what are you waiting for??).
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
4.5 for this really good finale. This one had everything from the fast paced action, some slow moments thrown in and well, the character development I especially like in this, what Scarlet and co are going through, etc. Honestly, I liked Scarlet in the last one and this. First one I kind of did as well. But the story is what drew me to this trilogy. And that ending was intense. Actually this trilogy was intense. Though while I liked the first one, my favorite was the second book, then this one. Writing is just as good. Also the cover for these books are beautiful.
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen Book Three of the Scarlet trilogy Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publication Date: May 19, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure. Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief. Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all? What I Liked: Eh. I'm feeling kind of meh about this one. On the one hand, I can see why people are loving this one. It was good! But for me, it wasn't great, and the entire series has been okay at best for me. I thought Scarlet was pretty good (the romance is weird though. If I remember correctly, there was a love triangle in book one, but not in book two). I didn't like Lady Thief very much at all - I gave it two stars. But this one was okay. It was a good trilogy conclusion novel.  This novel starts with Scarlet in Prince John's dungeons. She's been held captive for three months. With the help from a strange source, she escapes, and tries to figure out her best plan of action. He grandmother, the lady Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, wants her to go to Ireland safely. But Scarlet can't stay away from Nottinghamshire, especially since Rob thinks she's dead. But the fight to keep Richard alive and bring him back safely is bigger than any one person, and stopping John is the most important thing. Scarlet will have to make difficult decisions, with or without Rob. One thing that I really liked about this book is how easy it is to slip back into the world of Marian (Scarlet) and Prince John's schemes and the poor. I barely remember anything from Lady Thief (to be honest, I remember nothing at all). I remember a little from Scarlet. But it was nice that I didn't feel lost in this book, though the beginning took me by surprise (I forgot that Scarlet was taken by Prince John?).  The romance is better in this book, or maybe I simply can't remember how "bad" it was in Lady Thief. Either way, I wasn't nearly as bothered with the romance as I was in Lady Thief. Actually, the romance was probably my favorite aspect of the book, and I really enjoyed seeing Scarlet and Rob take things up a notch. Or ten. The romance definitely worked in this book, and quite frankly, I kept reading the book for the romance. But over one hundred pages into the book is when Rob makes his first appearance. Just a warning. Read on for things that didn't work! There aren't many, but this one still ends up with a three-star rating. What I Did Not Like: I just wasn't interested in this book. I'd been pushing off reading it for a while now, but I told myself, I need to read it now. I picked it up and wasn't totally sucked in. It wasn't until Rob finally appeared in the book that I perked up a little bit. But then I settled back into the story and was a little bored again. I feel like a lot focused on the romance (which is fine), a subplot romance (between two characters other than Rob and Scarlet), and not enough attention was focused on the bigger picture. At the same time, the bigger picture definitely was addressed. Scarlet and Robin have to raise enough money to pay the taxes for Nottinghamshire, in order to help pay the ransom for Richard. I guess I wanted more from the historical side of things. Richard isn't in this book at all, and the parts relating to Prince John just aren't that interesting. Prince John felt like a cartoon villain character, especially in the last scene of the book. His dialogue is so cliche and cartoon-like! His character in general is very one-dimensional. I think I remember thinking that Robin is a bit one-dimensional in Lady Thief. I think Robin is less one-dimensional, but Prince John is definitely a flat and underdeveloped character. Not to mention he speaks like he came out of a really bad cartoon for tiny children. The ending wasn't fulfilling for me, as you can probably tell. The ending is literally the climax, and there is not epilogue, or at least an ending scene that ISN'T part of the action of the climax. I don't really like it when books that are conclusion novels to a series don't end with some sort of epilogue ending, in which all loose ends are definitively tied.  Overall, I think my big problem with this book is a personal one - I just wasn't interested in this book. I really wanted to finish the series, but this one did not capture my attention, nor did it hold my attention while I was reading. It was an enjoyable read, but not a series I'll be reading again. Would I Recommend It: Again, I enjoyed this book, but the series overall gets a 2.5-3-star-rating. That being said, I probably wouldn't recommend the series. If you've come this far and have read books one and two, then you should definitely read this one! But don't start the series if you haven't already. Don't read books two or three if you've only read book one. Just move on! Rating: 3 stars. This one was okay! Just not that great. At least for me. I've seen a ton of positive reviews on Goodreads for this book. But this series never really clicked with me, so I had little expectations to love this one. If you've been liking the series, then this one will probably be good!