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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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That sucked the personal stakes and foreshadowing out of the climax, and while the stakes were clearly there–getting money to buy back his kingdom–the personal meaning of it for him felt weak and disconnected.

Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

Review of Hood by Stephen Lawhead

The King Raven series continued his themes of reimagining popular mythology into more authentic and gritty settings, which began with his Pendragon Cycle.

There are times that the period is spoken quite slow, but I suspect the paces of things were a bit slower. In a way, that’s good, because we now have a good and solid background, with the different political situation laid out for us. It’s my first book of his, and at first, I was put off by his wordy, ornate writing style, his tendency to get fixated on describing certain scenes or states of mind in great depth.

I really enjoyed how it was not dumbed down to perfection and happily ever after. The Legend Begins Anew For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. I am confused, is he reading the names of towns in an attempt to reproduce a medieval sound or is it that he doesn’t now the correct pronunciation.

But they are few and the Normans are many and resistance is beginning to crumble. My daughter is writing her own Robin Hood series, but she has a totally different take: It may pick up from here, but either way, I’m reading it mostly because I’m interested in the underlying ideas. The basic plot is that Bran ap Brychan is the king’s heir, but has to flee to a forest on the Welsh border when the king and lawuead warband are all killed.


View all 6 comments. My contention is that although in Nottingham, the Robin Hood legends found good soil in which to grow — they must surely have originated elsewhere. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. The Normans are encroaching into Wales, confiscating land, and generally mistreating the Welsh. Still a very interesting interpretation, though, and I’d still like to see Lawhead’s sources. More from the same Author Arthur Merlin Taliesin. Simultaneously, Wales is slowly falling under the control of the invading Normans, and King William the Red has given his ruthless barons control of the land.

Unfortunately it’s just dull the whole way through. Reading reviews of this book all over the internet makes me feel a little sick when they declare that of course Robin could never be Welsh — and I seriously quote: 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.

Hood by Stephen R Lawhead – book review

I am so glad I did! Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Stephen R. I would rather have had a plot that relied on gut-level connection with the characters for the final fireworks, not merely surprise and cleverness. I absolutely love Robin Hood, Lahwead, anything medieval, and Celtic mythology, so this retelling seemed like the best setup ever!!

I’m not any sadder for reading this book, but I’m certainly not any more enriched or anything. I really don’t get it. If you like audiobooks, you’ll enjoy this one.

I’m a history buff and to get this short history lesson on the true tales of Lawheda Hood was fascinating to me. Brilliant, captivating and left me eager for more.


Refresh and try again. Which is awkward, given that traditionally he is one of the most sympathetic characters.

I read the description on the back and thought – this is totally the kind of thing I like – re-imagining of classic tales. It flows very well; the narrator does an excellent job maintaining the characters and mood of each scene.

Hood (King Raven, book 1) by Stephen Lawhead

There’s just something weird about the writing that feels forced or like even the author couldn’t bring himself to care much. Ultimately unsuccessful tactics, obviously. Thankfully, there is a pronunciation guide to help as well as a map of Wales and the southern part hoov England. The lot of them are blessedly free of anachronistic evangelical Protestant thought patterns—which sometimes appear in historical fiction from categorically Christian publishing lines Thomas Nelson, in this case —though Angharad has her suspicious moments.

I was also frequently distracted by his mispronounciation of not ladhead some of the Celtic words but even commonly used words like “sinew”. Want to Read saving…. Having done a module on it, and read around on the subject, I have to say that Lawhead’s idea of Robin being originally a Welsh story doesn’t work. Lawgead the forest itself, Hood is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal, yet full of enchantment and hope. The Robin Hood you thought you knew meshes tightly with this new version in a well researched tale of ancient Wales.

McHenry in New York harbor. When Bran’s father, the king, is killed in an ambush along with nearly all his warriors, the land of Oawhead is overtaken and its citizens subjected to great oppression.