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With the Normans threatening to overrun Wales, forester Will Scarlet is being sentenced to die for a crime he didn't commit unless he betrays King Raven and his followers, and Bran ap Brychan makes a secret voyage to France to uncover a plot against the king.
Publisher: Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, c2007
Description: 449 p. : map ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781595540867
Branch Call Number: Lawh


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Jun 05, 2019

The second book in a trilogy is always a challenge. I am completely impressed with Lawhead's re-interpretation of the legend of Robin Hood (having studied the Britons in an academic setting). Also liked the way Lawhead chose to focus on different characters' POV for each book. The persevering reader is rewarded in book 3

May 20, 2015

Scarlet is the sequel to Hood, which I reviewed last week. I'm sad to say, while Hood captured my interest and engaged me, Scarlet left me feeling 'meh'.

I'm not exactly sure why this is. It isn't poorly written, although both the narrator and the narration style differ from book 1 in the trilogy. Will Scarlet is a likable character, and the machinations from the first book continue to grind away in the plot. It just lacked something to make me feel invested.

Because I know the legend of Robin Hood, and the 'becoming an outlaw' part is apparently more interesting to me than the 'continued adventures of' part, I felt that the plot moved a bit more slowly. I don't regret reading it, but neither do I feel inclined to read the final book in the series, Tuck.

I recommend it for fans of the Robin Hood legend who have already read Hood. Because you'll definitely care more if you've read the first book in the series.

Jul 09, 2011

I nearly didn't perservere but i am glad i did. Gets more exciting as it progresses. And an interesting slant on the old Robin Hood myths.

kpalichuk Apr 22, 2010

This is the second book in the King Raven trilogy - the Robin Hood tale relocated to Wales, and placed during the Norman conquest.
Will Scarlett was a freeman, who worked for his lord, until the land was taken by the Normans and he was turned out to fend for himself. Wandering through the countryside, he heard rumours about a King Raven. Intrigued, Will decides to see if the rumors are true. This is a brilliantly written second novel, narrated by Will. I had a bit if a hard time with the dialect at first, but after the first few pages, I was hooked. Great plot, great pacing.

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