Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

Publication date: Released

Barnes & Nobles suggested age group: 13-17 (I would personally go 16 and up)

I love the story of Robin Hood. It’s a favorite, followed closely by Peter Pan. So, I was pretty stoked to read this retelling.

Synopsis: Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never mean to tread in Robin’s footsteps–never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with s sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.

Thoughts/Review: I’m gonna say it again cause I can; I love Robin Hood’s story. There’s just something about his story that captivates me. True he stole from the rich and gave to the poor, making him not only a thief, but an Outlaw as well. So, this being one of my favorite stories I have the highest of hope from this book.

Most, If not all, Robin Hood stories show Robin’s side of the story. How he became an Outlaw, finding his Merry Men and all that good stuff, but we never see Marian’s side of the story. We don’t know what she felt like after receiving the news of Robin’s death. How did she cope and act in the coming days knowing Robin was dead? This book truly showed Lady Marian’s side of the story.

I feel like Sherwood did the story justice. This retelling was so fun, and exciting. There was plenty of times I would–I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough, especially when Nottingham’s Robin Hood would show up and would steal, help the poor, sneak around all that stuff that drive the sheriff insane. Other times I was like, “Oh, please don’t get caught. Please don’t get caught.”

In this book no one knows who Robin Hood is, which added to the fun. I knew at some point someone would find out, but who found out first truly shocked me! I did not expect that person to find out first. However, I am glad it was him and not someone like Marian’s father, or Guy of Gisborne.

“We’ll tell them the truth,” Marian finally said. “We tell them it was Robin Hood.” Marian, Page 207

I got all giddy when I read this, which is why I am including it. It was so good. The best part out of the entire book! I’m still, probably, over hyped about it.

Now, let’s talk about what I hated about the book. “Hold up. There was actually something you didn’t like about this book?” Yes, there was. I wasn’t to fond of Robin’s side of the story. I just didn’t like how it ended the way it did. I pictured his life being way different for him then what it is for him in this book. And the ending itself is the other thing I disliked. I just ain’t pleased with the ending. I feel like it could have been ended better. It’s not the ending I expected. I had expected something…drastically different! So, I was kinda let down, but on the other hand. I do feel like this ending probably was the better choice. I the ending I had hoped for readers probably would have predicted, this ending…I can’t speak for others, but I sure didn’t see it coming.

If I had to rate this book I would honestly give it 4.5 stars. Not quite 5 cause some of it did disappoint me, but not quite 4 cause it was better than a 4 star rating.

~Till the next chapter~

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