Hood (King Raven Trilogy) [Steve Lawhead] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Presents a reimagining of the tale of Robin Hood in which. Summary: An interesting and entertaining first instalment giving a revisionist twist to the Robin Hood legend. Well written, and full of familiar. For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the Internationally-acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical .

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Saying that, despite the unusual choice of setting, the story isn’t all that different. Thomas Nelson Inc Availability: I often found myself closing my eyes, transported to a different time and place, able to visualize the story as it was read.

Review of Hood by Stephen Lawhead

The portrayal of the medieval Church contains the standard grasping, worldly bishops and cardinals, but also holy, humble, and sincere churchmen—the latter including the ever-amusing Tuck, here in a role of lovable cornball heroism.

As for Robin Hood, much of the same story and lore shrouds this figure, and yet the amount written about him is small in comparison.

I did recognise some bits that seemed to come right out of Lawhead’s earlier research and invention for Lawjead Paradise War.

Lawhead always writes a good tale and this one was one of his better ones. I’d say get this one and give it a read. Adam Verner does an outstanding job with the challenging Welch titles and overall language. View all 4 comments.

But we myth and legend buffs don’t mind that. Lawhead gives several convincing reasons for this at the end of the book — you might want to read that first. Some of the villains are strong and ruthless and some of them are weak and cringing, but in a totally believable way.

I’m a history buff and to get this short history lesson on the true tales of Robin Hood was fascinating to me. I’m DNFing this particular edition because the narrator is absolutely atrocious.


So that was part of the problem. Takes you back in time Very well written and the lawheax is excellent. Bran starts out as a womanizing, selfish, narcissist. Aug 23, Werner rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Mispronunciations of British words by an american actor truly annoyed me but then he started mispronouncing american English words. This latest book, however, shows that Mr.

You don’t get a lot of Bran though. It doesn’t help that the portrayals are quite one-sided — the Normans are grasping, greedy, the Welsh are the beleaguered peasants. There have been mediocre to poor TV shows about he who robs from the rich to feed the poor, but there has never really been an equivalent book series or trilogy about Robin Hood of a high caliber; until now. This is very very very exciting! In Hood, Bran is the “reluctant hero,” but somehow he doesn’t come across as a stereotype — perhaps because we clearly see his flaws as he flies into rages, remorselessly kills people who get in his way, and forgets to pine over the woman he said he loves.

The enemy are the Normans and the Frank. God loves justice and mercy, so should we obey or disobey an unjust ruler? When Bran’s father, the king, is killed in an ambush along with nearly all his warriors, the land of Elfael is overtaken and its citizens subjected to great oppression.

In fact the author, Stephen R. It takes the familiar characters and scenarios into a richly crafted narrative in the style of a contemporary Historical Fiction novel. Aug 25, Matt rated it it was ok.

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I bought and read I really liked this. I kind of wish he’d included a list of sources, maybe referenced some other writers, as I know nothing else about this. If the Robin Hood legends are somehow holy for you, then don’t try this trilogy — you won’t like it. Ok story, Awful reader The story is ok, similar in minor details to the well-known version of Robin Hood, but I had an extremely difficult time concentrating on the story due to the reader’s awful attempt at a British accent.


Despite some unconvincing accents and a few mispronunciations, the reading was good. Personal tools Log in. We start the book with her and Bran carrying on a borderline mistress relationship though for those concerned, the beginning of the book is the most intense and never goes too far.

Lawhead never asks us these questions directly, and he certainly never answers them for us, but they are there for the discerning reader to contemplate. No Reviews are Available.

King Raven Trilogy

Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father’s kingdom and fled to the greenwood. Bran repairs to the dark of the forest and from there he wages his own particular brand of war against the corrupt regime. Lawhead deals with subtlety, and I like the variety that offers. Still, I liked it. Not hkod that, he creates a certain amount of sympathy—not approval, but understanding and pity—for Bran’s enemies at times, alternated with horror.

The section s that captured my interest the most is is time in the forest with the old hag.

Hood (King Raven, book 1) by Stephen Lawhead

The writing was perfectly clear and lively, the descriptions aptly set the scenes, the plot was quick and entertaining, and the dialogue was oawhead and realistic. It’s a small side plot in it all, but I think it’s Lawhead’s most in-depth and skillfully drawn character in the story. Another thing I really like from his books is that these historical worlds have the Catholicism of the time and not some distortion of it.