Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die. Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself. Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur’s court are in fact who they profess to be. Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.
Enter Allyn-a-Dale. The grief of his father’s death still fresh and the doom of his own world looming, swirling realities leave the young minstrel marooned in an immortal Sherwood Forest, where he is recruited as a member of Robin Hood’s infamous outlaw band. But Allyn’s new life may reach its end before it’s scarcely begun. Their existence under threat, the Merry Men are called upon to embark on a journey to the dangerous world Outside – ours – on a quest which must be achieved without delay, or eternity in Avalon will not amount to very long at all.
|Publisher:||Danielle E. Shipley|
|File size:||1 MB|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Danielle E. Shipley is the author of the Wilderhark Tales novellas, the novel Inspired, and several other expressions of wishful thinking. She has spent most of her life in the Chicago area and increasing amounts of time in Germany. She hopes to ultimately retire to a private immortal forest. But first, there are stories to make.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wanted to read this book ever since the words "Renaissance Faire" hit me. Add Robin Hood to it, and you hooked me. Shipley's Ren Faire happens to be the one I've visited several times, so the added bonus of physically being with the characters when they weren't out figuring out how to maneuver in the modern world, was extra fun. Shipley's fantastical tale is a combination fan fiction meets Neil Gaiman fantasy as her characters are borne of other worlds, times, and places. They live, love, and die (or sometimes not) in worlds they visit through mysterious portals and contend with those who dwell there. What would it be like to meet Merlin the magician, and play online games with Guinevere, who fancies herself quite a racer? Or know Maid Marian and the secrets of her heart? If these characters transcended time and came to live at a Renaissance Faire, and were tasked with saving the faire and all the Fey folk who make it their magical home, what would you give to meet and interact with them? Young Loren and Janey, visitors to the realm, can only guess as medieval times fantasy meets twenty-first century reality and the Merry Men do indeed make merry while they chase after the stolen Excalibur's sheath, which holds their fate. Who better to find a stolen object than a thief? Told from multiple viewpoints, though mostly from Allyn's perspective, readers who don't mind mixing their folk tales with fantasy and a romp through the current era, will enjoy this fun tale. Shipley uses "Stanzas" for chapters, creating a wonderful frame for a minstrel's story. Action, adventure, and a twist of fun.
I didn't make it too, too far into The Ballad of Allyn-A-Dale because it was rather hard for me to follow. I don't know if it was the new twist on the fantasy genre, or the way it was written. It jumped back in time without really any explanation (that I found)....So I moved on to my next book. It had a very...willowy feel to it...does that make sense? When I was reading, the words and how they flowed made me imagine a willowy, graceful woman dancing. It was really amazing how everything flowed and one sentence led to another. The premise of the book was actually quite interesting, I just couldn't quite follow it. And the cover art is absolutely beautiful. Of course, the choice is up to you, dear reader, as to whether or not you'd like to read this book. You can find this review, and many others, on the CommonBookSense Blog: commonbooksense.blogspot.com
Don't go into this tale expecting a typical Robin Hood tale. It was not what I had expected so I was slow to get into it because it was different, but the prose is beautiful done, very poetic. It is mostly told from the point of view of a minstrel, in the manner of a bard's tale except for one chapter where the author switches to Maid Marion's head briefly. It’s a mix of more than one world, a bit mystical and elemental in the literal story. There were modern elements and language thrown in. I cannot decide how I feel about the story overall but once I quit trying to get the Robin Hood connection at the beginning and just went with the tale I found it interesting and a bit intriguing reading all the way to the end. I rather liked the lyrical and poetic feel of the prose. The descriptions were well done and I liked the characters. There was a sense of fun about the overall tale. It will be interesting to see how the next tale will go in book 2.