Marian, Princess Thief by C.K. Brook


Is this another Robin Hood retelling? Yes. Yes, it is.  I thought it was time for me to visit a retelling of another favorite tale of mine; Robin Hood.

Publication: August 11th 2019

Synopsis: “There was no man called Robin Hood. Because I am no man.”

Lady Marian, once the beloved Princess of Sherwood, was only sixteen when her father rode off to fight in the Crusades, leaving his kingdom under the despotic rule of his brother, Prince John. The night her uncle sends an assassin upon her, Marian flees to Sherwood Forest, where she meets and forges an unbreakable bond with six other outlawed young women.

Now, the nineteen-year-old princess-in-exile and her Merry Maidens gallivant through the greenwood, cloaked under the aliases of Rob-in-Hood and his Merry Men. Together, they uphold their vendetta of mischief, undermining the Prince at every turn, robbing the rich and giving to the poor-all while outrunning their sworn nemesis, the odious Sheriff of Nottingham.

After a scheme takes an unexpected turn and Marian’s only recourse is to abduct the Sheriff, the lady brigands find themselves in over their heads, stuck with an unrelenting and formidable captive. But, as Marian is about to discover, sometimes people aren’t what they seem… After all, she would know.

Review/Thoughts: I’ll admit, I loved the idea of this retelling. The concept that the story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men actually started out as a group of maidens and got twisted over time into what we now know as their story. I had hopes about this book, however, I do feel a little let down by it. The story held so much potential! And I was let extremely let down. I feel like it could have been better written, not necessarily longer, but some more pages, chapters even, in all better explaining. It felt very lacking and like hardly any effort was put into it. I don’t want say the writing felt spotty/choppy in some places, but that’s what I’m gonna say. Some places truly felt incomplete, and lacking. I just feel like this story could have been better polished before it was published. I feel so let down. I had so much hope, and here I built that all up only for it to fall apart as I read through the book.

The characters are great, and, for the most part, I love how Marian was written. Like the rest of the book, I felt like there was a few places where she could have been better. The Sheriff probably surprised me the most in this book. I really like him as a character, and he grew on me. He’s also my favorite character over out of the more main ones, even Marian herself, who is supposed to be our Robin Hood. How can I like the Sheriff over Robin Hood? I’d say that’s slightly weird since I love Robin Hood!

In general, it is a good book. A good story too, but I can’t help but feel a little let down by it. I was imaging a better story than the one I got. C.K. Brook did a wonderful take on it. She had a wonderful idea and in the end, however, this story of Robing Hood doesn’t feel like it’s complete to me. It’s lacking.

~Till the next Chapter~

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