Robin & the King

It’s been so long since I read Parke Godwin’s Robin and the King that I fear I won’t be able to do the book justice. This one picks up where Sherwood left off, more or less. We spend some time with an older Robin Hood, no longer the outlaw, no longer enemy of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Still, he manages to get tangled up in politics once again.

Godwin writes with an authenticity that totally drags you into Robin’s world. The speech patterns of the characters -seem- authentic (I’m no scholar of the period so can’t say for sure) and mix of old gods and Christianity lend both an air of mystery and a grounding in history at the same time.

As I say, I’ve not kept up the blog and the book is fading from memory now. It’s also out of print. But if you can find it in a used book story or your local library, do yourself the favor of snapping it up. It isn’t ‘light’ D&D fantasy, so be ready to read a meaty book that requires some chewing. And it starts a bit slowly. But stick with it; once things get rolling you’ll be in for quite a ride!

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