by A.C. Gaughen
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2012 by Walker & Co (J)
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.
I have a unique relationship with Robin Hood and His Merry Men. My dad bought me a small library from Coppice Hall (London) when I was 10 yrs old. All of the books were old and none of them had beautiful covers. I didn't value my collection like I should have, mostly because I didn't know what I had. This was one of the books I read really enjoyed.
The Outlaws of Sherwood focuses on a girl, Cecil, hiding out in the band of merry men, which is fun-fun-fun, but not enough! On one hand, I have expectations... something that honors my "real" version but also adds some life, some spunk and a kick-butt woman!!
On the other hand... HOW FUN!!
Whether you enjoy retellings (or not) or have only seen the Disney cartoon,
Do you have a favorite retelling of Robin Hood?