The ballads lie. Robin Hood, the Bold and Brave Outlaw of Sherwood Forest, is cowardly, spineless, and a girl.
Robyn unwittingly starts the Robin Hood farce when she is mistaken for a male while saving her friend, Marian, from two foresters. Forced into hiding, Robyn unwillingly collects “Merry Men” while grudgingly robbing from the rich fools that wander through Sherwood. What starts as small scale robbery blows up into complex heists when Little John and Will Scarlet join her team, and the idiotic Prince John and his legion of soldiers comes to town. However, Robyn can’t stop the theft—not when King Richard is being held ransom.
Cowardly Robyn’s best chance to raise money for King Richard’s release is to rob his brother, Prince John. Will she survive the heist, or swing in the gallows?
This was a fun, light-hearted read. I enjoy Robin Hood retellings and I liked Shea’s twist to this one. It was also quite amusing and as with Shea’s other books, it was a clean read. However, it did not grasp my interest (DNF 62%). KM Shea is an excellent writer, but for me, this one didn’t quite hit the mark. I think, perhaps, it would be a fantastic read for younger girls around the age of 12.
The plot starts out rather fast-paced but slows in the middle and there are a few unrealistic points; for example, the fact that everyone believed that Robyn was a man. Although the writing was at times witty, there were numerous typos and it wasn’t quite as developed as Shea’s other works.
Altogether, this book was okay, especially for a free e-book. However, I will not be reading book #2.
Do you have a favorite Robin Hood retelling?