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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With their conquest of England lswhead, and the Conqueror’s son, William Rufus, on the throne, the Hoid are turning their eyes towards Wales, still stubbornly populated by British kings refusing to do much more than pretend to bow a knee in the direction of the hated Frankish invaders.

And without really drawing attention to it, Lawhead writes a very good portrayal of a woman with whom life went differently than she expected, who had to struggle against an attraction she probably would never have wanted to lawhea with in the first place. It takes the familiar characters and scenarios into a richly crafted narrative in the style of a contemporary Historical Fiction novel. That fox was sexy. Also see his fanpage at Myspace: Scarlet was particularly well-received, winning a Christy Award in in the “Visionary” category.

Review of Hood by Stephen Lawhead

I loved his look into the history lawbead Robin Hood and the geography and history of the Welsh people. Lawhead conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. I read the description on the back and thought – this is totally the kind of thing I like – re-imagining of classic tales. The word “Welsh” originates from the Saxon “wealas”, which means foreigner.

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. It’s a great book, full of all the tropes and conventions a fan of historical fantasy could ask for.

People love The Wire right? And the Robin Hood stories were originally just a hoos of oral folklore, probably appreciated most in places where people most felt that someone needed to be sticking it to the man. Although this reinvention of much beloved characters lawuead become quite common, Lawhead has done a first rate job. I don’t particularly like any of the other characters either, but if I had to choose it would be Little John. Stephanie Male – and his name is Bran. The story itself moves slowly, and by the end of the book the adventure we all know so well is only just kicking off.


I really don’t get it. Preview — Hood by Stephen R. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned Stephen R. Lawhead is well-known for performing extensive research before he writes, and it shows bood this novel. It’s told primarily from the protagonist’s aka Bran Bendigedig, the Hood perspective and uses the etiquette, pacing and milieu of the day for dialog, action and relationships of the day. You have to keep up with all of them, what land they own, what land they are trying to get, and how they are planning to get it.

Print Hardcover and paperback. I found myself skimming a little to move past some of the verbiage. The lawhhead 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. Then as we go further, her romantic struggles get more and more complicated. For more information please look at: Hood King Raven Trilogy Author s: Just lawheav of the reasons I liked the book.

Hood by Stephen R Lawhead – book review

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. 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. Lawhead gives several convincing reasons for this at the end of the book — you might want to read that first.

And setting them down in Wales rather than England was an inspired choice; I haven’t read much of Welsh history, but everything was handled fantastically and although I missed the forest being that of Sherwood, it was still the epic story we’ve all come to know.


Lawhead’s villains are individuals, with individual motivations and allies, and I really like that real 3. We all know who is Right and who is Wrong — there’s very little blurring of that, which could’ve made it richer and more interesting.

This, of course, reflects the writer’s well-known fascination with all things Celtic; but as might be expected from his penchant for thorough research, it isn’t without arguable historical justification some of which he sketches in the fascinating “Robin Hood in Wales?

An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde. The enemy are the Normans and the Frank. The story starts off quickly but bogs down a good bit in the middle when Bran is recovering from his wounds and living under the care of the elderly woman. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne Elfael, has abandoned his father’s kingdom and lawead to the greenwood. He moved to England in order to research Celtic legend and history. So what, so far is your favorite historical novel? Well that was a letdown. I’m a sucker for myth and legend. Jan 29, Alex Telander rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Best Books of Sep 23, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story itself was an interesting shift to the traditional Robin Hood stories I have heard in the past.

As the story has progressed, the rhythm and pace has began to feel like home, amidst the primitive, rural Welsh people the story is set. Oct 04, Donna rated it liked it Shelves: It’s set somewhere between post-Norman Conquest and founding of the Angevins and features Normans, Franks, Saxons, Welsh history, and post-conquest events!

The pace of the novel picks back up in the end, propelling readers into the next novel lahead the trilogy, Scarlet.

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.