Lady of Sherwood

Lady of Sherwood

by Molly Bilinski


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634222273
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Series: Outlaws of Sherwood Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,010,236
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Molly Louise Bilinski grew up in Townsend, NY, playing soccer, being a band geek (clarinet), and starting her first serious novel when she hit high school. She's a 2013 graduate of William Smith College with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry. By day, she uses her science powers as a certified asphalt lab technician. By night (and weekend and any other five minutes she can find), she's a novelist. When she's not writing or working, she's scoping out coffee shops, exploring her newest home city (Buffalo, NY), taking day trips to Canada, and putting together puzzles. Her favorite phrase and life motto is carpe diem, and she thoroughly enjoys being a giant nerd;—the stuffed Slimer on her bookcase attests to that.

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Lady of Sherwood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KilbourneKnight 10 months ago
I entered this version of Sherwood Forest with a bit of trepidation. After all, there are outlaws in there. Also, Robin Hood is one of my all-time favorite legends, right up there with King Arthur, and I’ve seen some pretty awful re-imaginings (looking at you, Prince of Thieves). I needn’t have worried. Molly Bilinski’s retelling of the legend of Robin Hood is a marvelously textured, gender-bent effort that pays proper homage to the source while exploring heretofore uncharted bits of the forest. Rhiannon (called Robin by her father) of Locksley’s backstory is handled deftly, with Bilinski providing her an absolute imperative to start down the path which will lead her to ultimately become the Lady of Sherwood. She allows the reader to experience firsthand both Robin’s joyous ecstasy and the subsequent despair and rage that will drive her on this journey to the heart of Sherwood and herself. Robin is conflicted about her role, but fiercely loyal both to those she seeks to protect and to the memories of those she holds dear. The character development of Robin and the large cast of supporting characters is excellently done—my only complaint overall is that I sometimes had a hard time keeping track of who was who amongst Robin’s ever-widening circle of comrades in that clearing in Sherwood. I shan’t go into too much detail, for that would only lead to spoilers best left hidden for the reader to uncover and enjoy as I did. Suffice it so say the parallels to the original Robin Hood legend are kept lovingly intact, while the nuanced twists and turns of Bilinski’s retelling set them all brilliantly inside-out. Bilinski continually ratchets up the tension and the stakes as the story gallops full-tilt to its inevitable satisfying conclusion with the impact of a perfectly placed arrow landing square in the center of the target. Molly Bilinksi has landed a bullseye with this tale, and I shall eagerly await Robin and Co.’s return in subsequent adventures. Because, as any good writer does, she leaves me wanting to know “what happens next???”