Hood (King Raven Trilogy) [Steve Lawhead] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Presents a reimagining of the tale of Robin Hood in which. Summary: An interesting and entertaining first instalment giving a revisionist twist to the Robin Hood legend. Well written, and full of familiar. For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the Internationally-acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical .

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Lawhead posits Robin Hood living in the late eleventh century in the time of William the Conqueror and his overtaking of Britain with his Normans. But as she goes on and meets different characters in the cast, she finds herself struggling with feelings she never expected.

This is very very very exciting! Arthur has an entire bookshelf of history and fiction written about him, and many of those fiction books profess to be as accurate as the possible truth, even though it is still not fully known if there ever was such llawhead living person.

It also ably sets the stage for the next volume, Scarlet –and now, for me, it’s on to that one! I am early and impatiently anticipating the next book!! I really enjoyed how it was hoo dumbed down to perfection and happily ever after. And the ending has definitely set things up for the sequel, which I can’t wait to get my hands on.

They make their home in Oxford, England. Historical Context for the Hood Legend The Robin Hood you thought you knew meshes tightly with this new version in a well researched tale of ancient Wales. If you find the narrator to be acceptable, by all means buy the book, but it would probably be best to simply buy the paperback and spend your listening time with a better read audio book. Watching him do that is as fascinating as the action scenes!

Review of Hood by Stephen Lawhead

Aug 06, Amber rated it liked it Shelves: I have to say that it didn’t come together into a whole very well for me, unfortunately. The magical aspects of Hood are fairly muted – I like this, for me the history’s the thing – but are more about faith than magic and are tied into the general musings on religion.


I have, though, become a dedicated fan. Some of the villains are strong and ruthless and some of them are weak and cringing, but in a totally believable way. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer.

Review of Hood by Stephen Lawhead – Steven Till – Author of medieval fiction

A lot more could be written favorably about this book; but suffice it to say that it’s a worthy addition to literature’s Robin Hood canon. The placing of Robin of the Hood in the “Welsh” conflict makes a bit of sense which Lawhead touched on after the novel lawhsad and the story is well told with villains you’ll hate and a hero who takes his time becoming a hero. I guess I expected this to be more riveting than it was. He builds a solid, real-life case for his Bran ap Brychan, and since I’m excited about anything resembling a historical mystery, I loved the way he pieced together the premise for his book.

It also raises the bood enough to make its sequels seem not only like probably reasonable developments, but important and desirable ones.

I wanted to like this more than I actually bood. Unlike the author’s Dragon King and Song of Albion fantasy trilogies, this one is a work of historical fiction; like Parke Godwin in Sherwoodhe’s set himself to re-imagine what the actual roots of the Robin Hood legend might have been like, and like the latter he locates Robin in the 11th century, not the 12th.

Lawhead’s villains are individuals, with individual motivations and allies, and I really like that realism. As the story is unfolding, however, I’m finding it’s earthy, primal spirituality a surprising catalyst to some of the other themes, and find myself wondering if Lawhead will be able to rise above glorifying violence and power by turning the story in a subversive way.

Lawheadbased on the Robin Hood legend. Lawhead has created lawhed lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another time and place.

I really liked this. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another place and time.

Count de Braose is a very good henchman to the crown with complex flaws, and the lengths he went to surprised me on occasion. However, it is worth noting that it really bears very little relation to stories of Robin Hood.


Unfortunately it’s just dull the whole way through. The enemy are the Normans and the Frank. But we myth and legend buffs don’t mind that. I’ve always enjoyed Lawhead’s complex characters. I enjoyed the way Lawhead places Hood in Wales, circaand completely reinvents the legend from what I’ve known before.

Hopefully, it well go well.

Through the suffering of his pride-torn soul and the land of ancestors being destroyed by powerful forces, Bran envisions the dangerous paths in which his ambition is drawn, and soon succumbs to his fate. Part of me would just want to get past it so I could get back to the action and events in the story, while at the same time it was interesting and fairly important to understanding the character, the events, and to find empathy. Which doesn’t surprise me, uood how English people have reacted in the past to me pointing out that the first Arthur stories were Welsh.

Another thing I really like from his books is that these historical worlds have the Catholicism of the time and not some distortion of it.

Hood by Stephen R Lawhead – book review

But really I’m going with a whole new character and just using the idea of Robin-‘ ‘Just get out of here. Did I mention it’s set shortly after the Norman Conquest? These allusions weren’t needed – “Hood” stands very well on its own. Robin himself isn’t terribly likeable — he thinks he’s God’s gift to women, he wants to please himself, almost abandons his people It doesn’t seem so implausible that the stories could have originated in Wales, for a start.

It’s kind of appropriate that I read this now: Fans of action-oriented historical fiction. The Welsh names such as Rhi Bran Robin Hood were very interesting and how they got their nicknames, Aethilfrith being a “fat little bag of vittles that he is, I will call him Tuck,” and Iwan’s Welsh name translating to English makes him John, “So, overgrown infant that he is, I will call him Little John.