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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We’ll see where this story goes. Based on detailed research, Lawhead places the folk hero whom he names Bran in Wales inat a time when the land was under constant assault from the new Norman rulers of England. Jul 03, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: I have, though, become a dedicated fan. It’s all fabulous fun.

He has won numereous industry awards for his novels and children’s books, and in was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska. As for the writing, Lawhead is a serviceable if sometimes mildly annoying prosist with a good strong grasp of story structure. Refresh and try again. 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.

Hood This book was an excellent read. There, in a primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him–for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he lawhdad to survive.

It’d probably be impossible now to figure out exactly where the stories originated from, really. I highly recommended taking the time to read it. The hoood of the novel picks back up in the end, propelling readers into the next novel in the trilogy, Scarlet.

Lawhead has been steadily honing his story-telling skills to perfection. Lawhead, has even written a series about Merlin and Arthur, known as his Pendragon Cycle. Some lawheadd devout, some are corrupt, and Lawhead yood uses their points of view to show us that being religious does not make a person good. Jan 25, Anthony Chavez rated it really liked it. What’s the level of fantasy in this book? Except the Normans seize the kingdom, awarding it to a bishop and care little for Bran and his supposed claim to this throne.


Review of Hood by Stephen Lawhead

It’s a great re-telling of Robin Hood, but not really Sci-Fi. I bought and read I really liked this.

I’m a history buff and to get this short history lesson on the true tales of Robin Hood was fascinating to me. Bran, a prince of one of the Welsh districts whose father was lawead killed by the Normans, has been driven from his castle. Oct 26, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Lawhead deals with subtlety, and I like the variety that offers. But I expected magic and things that made pawhead belong in the Sci-Fi hodo where it was, and still remains.

There have been mediocre to poor TV shows about he who robs from the rich to feed the poor, but there has never really been an equivalent book series or trilogy about Robin Hood of a high caliber; until now. Then I thought I’d try something else for a while and come back to it, but I don’t have any interest in returning to it at all.

Also, while we have a close connection to Bran’s thoughts in his struggle and rebirth scenes, the author switches to omniscient view in the latter half of the book as Bran begins his upward climb to save his people.

Hood is a book that will appeal mostly to the genre fan – it gets a bit stodgy in the middle section if all you’re looking for is a speedy narrative progression.

This book was an excellent read. The narrator read characters well and intoned, he just had a very classical high pitched haughty accent that I found annoying and will avoid in the future. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He writes as if this could have been a personal history. You’d expect something to have survived, even if only in fragments. It was new and basically traveled a new path. How not to read a book A good story read by an awful narrator.


King Raven Trilogy – Wikipedia

Comparing his Hood to Robin McKinley’s Outlaws of Sherwoodthe former cannot match the latter’s beautiful phrasing and quick, powerful emotional connections, but is decidedly structurally superior. Stephen Lawhead includes an epilogue, ‘Robin Hood in Wales’, in which he explains his reasoning.

Usually I don’t have a problem remember a book I’ve read, even years later. Return lawhad Book Page. When Bran ap Brychan’s father is murdered, he seeks justice at court – but it is not forthcoming. Well written, and full of familiar conventions and tropes, it will appeal to all fans of the genre if perhaps a little too drawn-out for the non-fan.

Very well written and the narrarator is excellent. Bran has an understated faith arc, and the author is able to stay hopd to the rough-and-tumble soldier’s world he thrusts us into. Wales is a land of enchantment and resetting the Robin Hood myth there is nothing short of brilliant. And when he returns to his land of Elfael, he finds his place usurped by an effete Norman count and his life forfeit.

King Raven Trilogy

Lawhead’s writing is pretty readable, and not purple prose like his early stuff, but in itself this first book doesn’t draw me into the trilogy very well. It will seem lwahead to many readers, and perhaps even perverse, to take Robin Hood out of Sherwood Forest and relocate him in Wales; worse still, to remove all trace of Englishness, set his story in the eleventh century, and recast the honourable outlaw as an early British freedom fighter. The reason I bring this up is this sets the tone for the book and is indicative of Mr.

Robin Hood possible spoilers for Hood.

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