King's Man PDF Þ Hardcover

King's Man PDF Þ Hardcover

King's Man ❮Read❯ ➳ King's Man ➶ Author Angus Donald – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk THE THIRD CRUSADE IS OVER Richard the Lionheart is bound for England But with all the princes of Europe united against him can the greatest warrior in Christendom make it safely home THE LION IS CHAIN THE THIRD CRUSADE IS OVER Richard the Lionheart is bound for England But with all the princes of Europe united against him can the greatest warrior in Christendom make it safely home THE LION IS CHAINED Captured Bound Imprisoned King Richard s slim hope of salvation rests on one man a former outlaw, a vengeful earl, a man who scoffs at Holy Mother Church ROBIN HOOD For King and country Robin and his loyal lieutenant Alan Dale will risk all from blood soaked battlefields to deadly assassins to see the Lionheart restored to his rightful throne.


10 thoughts on “King's Man

  1. Paul Bennett Paul Bennett says:

    The farther I go in this series theI am convinced that Angus Donald s Robin Hood is by far one of the best portrayals of this legendary man I have come across Couple that with his story telling ability and you have a must read scenario In this volume, King s Man, Alan Dale finds himself labeled a traitor by seemingly everyone around him from Robin to Prince John to an old lover and even his good friends Marie Anne and Godifa Things on the home front at Westbury where Alan is ensconced a The farther I go in this series theI am convinced that Angus Donald s Robin Hood is by far one of the best portrayals of this legendary man I have come across Couple that with his story telling ability and you have a must read scenario In this volume, King s Man, Alan Dale finds himself labeled a traitor by seemingly everyone around him from Robin to Prince John to an old lover and even his good friends Marie Anne and Godifa Things on the home front at Westbury where Alan is ensconced as Lord of the Manor and from where he is telling this tale as an old man, are also not as well as they could be.The story has as it s backdrop the attempt by Prince John to replace his held for ransom brother, Richard, as King While the deal making to set Richard free proceeds ever so slowly, John and the despicable Ralph Murdac consolidate their hold and power over the land and Robin finds himself an outlaw in Sherwood once again The action is relentless, the intrigues are many and the introduction of some especially nefarious characters make for a very enjoyable read.Most of you will already know the historical outcome of this royal sibling rivalry between John and Richard but I bet you haven t read as interesting a take on this event as you will by reading King s Man


  2. Mark Harrison Mark Harrison says:

    Very violent addition to a good series Alan Dale is sent by Robin Hood to Austria to find Richard the Lionheart who has been captured returning from the Crusades As well as this Robin s son is captured, there is a siege of Nottingham castle, a witch with a grudge, Thunderdome, romance and a satisfying act of personal revenge Great adventure, totally unbelievable, totally great fun.


  3. Adam Lofthouse Adam Lofthouse says:

    A series that just gets better and better King s Man once again plunges us into the world of the Earl of Loxley Robin Hood to you and I , andimportantly, the mind of Alan Dale I am quite frankly astounding at how Angus has revamped each book, making each plot thicker andengaging Some series tend to whither and die with repetitive plots and characters that become two dimensional and a shadow of the person they were at the beginning This series just continues to evolve and stride f A series that just gets better and better King s Man once again plunges us into the world of the Earl of Loxley Robin Hood to you and I , andimportantly, the mind of Alan Dale I am quite frankly astounding at how Angus has revamped each book, making each plot thicker andengaging Some series tend to whither and die with repetitive plots and characters that become two dimensional and a shadow of the person they were at the beginning This series just continues to evolve and stride forward in a new direction Alan is back from the crusade, and at the start of the book must help his lord recover his castle which is under siege by Robin s mortal enemy Ralph Murdach It is though, what happens next which really drew this reader in From England to Germany Alan will travel He will betray his lord to the Church, sing with his imprisoned king, swear an oath of allegiance to the despicable Prince John, betray the oath and oncefight at the side of his beloved lord Not to mention get betrothed, knighted and earn his fame in battle along the way Each chapter is like a short story, they are so well rounded and action packed it is so easy to imagine this as a mini series on TV The author s research in to the time period is impeccable and he uses these details to bring medieval England to life Couldn t recommend this series anyCan t wait to dive into the next one


  4. Choko Choko says:

    This was a tough book to read The disfigured girl and the emotions her story evokes are just painful, but at least, the main character realizes how shallow he is I need to read something fun next, or I will get totally depressed.


  5. Lanie Lanie says:

    WARNING REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS DON T READ IF YOU HAVEN T READ THE BOOK king s Man has been rated R by the Nerd Association of Lanie for violence, langue, and sexual content D to start off, i m going to show you all, my 3 or 4 robin hood review followers D, a few intresting quotes from the book i do love mr donald s writing style it just fits Alan s uppity musical personality so well Serving you, my lord, is reward enough, Your fame will last forthan a thousand years And WARNING REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS DON T READ IF YOU HAVEN T READ THE BOOK king s Man has been rated R by the Nerd Association of Lanie for violence, langue, and sexual content D to start off, i m going to show you all, my 3 or 4 robin hood review followers D, a few intresting quotes from the book i do love mr donald s writing style it just fits Alan s uppity musical personality so well Serving you, my lord, is reward enough, Your fame will last forthan a thousand years And those you serve you, they to will be remembered john, tuck, alan, even my poor dead husband Will they shall not be forgotten So i say again the reward of serving you is enough it is the path to immortality Angus Donald seems a little pleased with himself here, doesn t he it seems that we must disregard the evidence of this villein it appears that he may have been tortured and his evidence is therefore not valid _ REALLY this is just plain stupid OF COURSE HE S BEEN TORTURED and if everyone know s you can t use that evidence, why d you bring it out anyway and make an ass of yourself Revenge is a duty it is not a pleasure We take vengeance because we owe it to those who have been wronged But, in itself, it is not something that can make us whole We take revenge because we must pay our debts to the dead and so people will fear to do us, and those we love, a wrong But we should not do it as a balm to the soul XDXDXDXD that s beautiful and very Robin Hoody this is Another glorious addition to one of my most FAVORITE Robin Hood series I just LOVE the Outlaw Chronicles the writing, the stories, the charactersmost of them anyway i have give the novel five stars, because i did think it was amazing but even with the highest of ratings, there is still a couple of things i found a little wrong with it So it s no secret that i ADORE this Robin Hood he s just such a wonderful, kick ass, well rounded, interesting character he s what you might call a high functioning sociopath D he actually reminds me a lot of Sherlock Holmes from BBC s show you know the one set in modern England with martian freeman as dr watson Sherlock doesn t give a fuck about anything but his next case, his next great obsession and when it comes to people well, there s only about 3, 4, maybe 5 at the most, that he truly cares about AND that s pretty similar to The Outlaw s Chronicles Robin Hood Robin loves his family and friends and the few other people he s decided get the distinct honor of his protection and attention everyone else is a chess piece in his little games of war and politics and nobility don t fuck with the godfather of Sherwood, nobles or his people cause he will find you and he will end you slowly, painfully, and in the most inventively show offy way possible Robin is a highly self interested guy he wants want he wants, and woe to anyone who gets in his way Robin s Fucked in the head, and with good reason Remember that story from Outlaw about the priest and the crucifix jim jones might be a good comparison as well since Robin is quiet obviously, violently nuts, but he still manages to gather followers who damn near worship him I mean, just think about we ve all sat here and read Robin to some pretty gory stuff he murdered that priest he cut off that bandit s arms and legs and left the kid to care for him he slaughtered Richard of Lea may he rest in peace he chose to let Ruth die and save her Father to further his own wealth he allowed the idiot who betrayed him to become a human sacrifice a bit surprising he s still got friends isn t it and i m sure i could add ton sif i went back and reread the first two books and Alan was a witness to most of these crimes he knows that his master is dangerous and very, VERY close to insane he s scene it So why, oh why Alan Dale, are you still shocked by Robin being a bit too kill happy it was one, random guy he was refusing to join Robin and insulting his sweet little baby boy s honor what Robin did here was smart and efficient even you admitted that so the time for shock is over if you whine ONE MORE TIME about Robin s cruelty after all you ve scene all you yourself have done by the end of King s Man , i swear to god, i ll find a way to get inside your books and punch you myself this just further proves my point that while Alan is a decent enough character, he s still a way to full of himself blockhead he s a wonderful story tell and i love his adventures but sometimes, he can be and idiot i m just saying, that by this point in his life, he simply shouldn t be appalled any oh well, at least he s not a mary sue marty stew, am i right and don t get me started on the boat incident but, at least he learned from that then there s Ralph he s the big bad guy right the sheriff he s a crook, a lair, a murderer, a rapist he s mean to Alan i m not supposed to like him, and i don t of course but not because of his actions mainly i don t like him cause i still know next to nothing about him i don t know WHY he s evil C greed and power just aren t enough of a motivate for him plus that little thing at the end, right before he was hung, you know, where he was telling Alan i know the truth about your father s murder and all that nonsense that, i felt, was a cliche cop out almost every fantasy book i ve read has something of this nature and by now, i ve grown sick of it it was not needed and for the record, i like the scent of lavenders And Nur she returns in the last part of this book and i was kinda glad she did C her story line just kinda walked off a cliff and left me wondering but this poor, poor girl she had such a rough life and the scene with Goody beating the shit out of her i think that was supposed too be funny, but i thought it was just plain cruel this girl was kept for years as a slave most likely a sexual one then along comes Alan who rescues her and she thanks him in probably the only way she knows how with her body and as a poor, young, lust blind teen, allan makes crazy insane impossible promise to her about love and forever _ idiot then her beauty is taken away, the one thing that Alan wanted her for but she, being a very young person herself, clearly thought it was deeper than that so when alan screamed, it damn near broke her heart and brain think about it the girl s had shit luck with men than the one guy the promises to lover her always is repulsed by her she fucking followed him home ALL THE WAY TO ENGLAND she can t find him and everyone starts calling her a witch so that clearly fed her madness and alan rejects her again is it any wonder she went so batty by the end of all this i just felt so, so sorry for her then goody beats her up i get that Nur was ruining her special day and what not, but i really feel that this could ve been handled differently c this is why teens shouldn t be allowed to fornicate again, oh well at least i know what happened to her.BUT I KNEW IT I KNEW HE D END UP WITH GOODY love her also, once again i must say that i dislike the framing of the story it takes away alot of suspense, because i can never truly be worried for Alan s well being it good it s well written it doesn t take away from the flow of the rest of the story but i still don t like it.my favorite part i think, was Robin s return to sherwood D loved the adventures in the holy war but i really missed the whole being an outlaw part of a robin hood tale D Now, for my biggest issue with the whole story Alan s betrayal but don t worry, it s still not enough to drag my rating down i was so shocked and pissed when i read that part i was all no alan how could you he did so much for you then i had to spend like 100 pages very nearly HATING alan for his FUCKING STUPIDITY .then i learn that it was all a ruse_WHAT i spent all that time guess what would happen and hoping for some big awesome fight scene and he and Robin PLANNED the whole thing not cool it s pretty much a bitch slap to the reader s face i was hoping maybe that last act of awful violence had be to much for poor allan that he wanted out and this was the only way he knew how C and then later after he realized his horrible mistake of betraying robin for safety and prince john, he d want back like there could ve big some big battle or something where alan was all like please take me back, my lord i m sorry i m such and idiot and robin and all the outlaws could ve been no you re our enemy now and we want nothingto do with you with a lot of bruises to pound the message home, cause you can t kill the main character three books into the series D then, in the end, i was thinking that maybe there d be another big battle and robin could get caught and is about to hang but alan manages to save the day cause you can t deny that the guy s bad ass and robin lets him back with seemingly open arms but is always just the tiniest bit weary of him from then on DNOPE it was all a plan he was a fucking spy i guess i should ve seen it coming because he didn t seem to terribly beaten up over the whole thing i KNEW that the betrayal thing couldn t have lasted forever, because we ve still got 4books alredy published and twoplanned i guess i was just hoping for something a little bit.you know, creative from one of my favorite authors All in all, a few grievences but not enough for me to not love the story it s awesome and i can t wait till i get Warlord D like if you like my review and comment if you think my idea about the betrayal is good Or if you have anything else to say i love having people to discuss my obsession with D


  6. Vicky Shirley Vicky Shirley says:

    The Robin Hood legend has been contained in the realms of historical fiction for almost 200 years Associated with the reign of King Richard I since John Major s chronicle, and the plays of Anthony Munday, Angus Donald s King s Man the third novel in his Outlaw Chronicle series is firmly situated in the post medieval tradition which first brought England s most celebrated outlaw and the Lionheart together Like so much of Robin Hood fiction which has become associated with the Plantagenets The Robin Hood legend has been contained in the realms of historical fiction for almost 200 years Associated with the reign of King Richard I since John Major s chronicle, and the plays of Anthony Munday, Angus Donald s King s Man the third novel in his Outlaw Chronicle series is firmly situated in the post medieval tradition which first brought England s most celebrated outlaw and the Lionheart together Like so much of Robin Hood fiction which has become associated with the Plantagenets and Angevin England, in Donald s re telling historical figures such as King Richard, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Prince John, and even William Marshal who also made an appearance in Ridley Scott s Robin Hood appear alongside Robin and his outlaw band Set in 1192, the novel is set against the imprisonment and eventual return of Richard the Lionheart, and his battle against his brother Prince John Having read all three of Donald s books now its quite obvious that violence is a recurring theme throughout the series, and the narration of the novel by Alan a Dale often reinforces the horrors of violence I have to say that character s the aversion to violence was less obvious in King s Man , but it was certainly evident in in Donald s previous novel Holy Warrior which tried so hard to appear that it was not sanctioning the Crusades Violence was often where the ideology of medieval texts were located although that is not to say that it was not interrogated and so the denunciation of violence in this series appears too much of a modern day re construction of the medieval period for my liking Nevertheless, the use character narration to foreground violence makes interesting comparison to Adam Thorpe s recent adatation Hodd , and it also shows, I think, a return to earlier traditions as some of the Robin Hood ballads are really quite violent Hollywood and modern manifestations of the Robin Hood legend often romanticise the role of the outlaw, so in some ways it is interesting to see violence emphasised so much in the novel Donald re works some of the material from the Robin Hood tradition throughout the novel The opening of King s Man with it s decapitation rituals and horse demons is reminiscent of the early ballad Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne , and while the siege of Nottingham Castle is an historical event, it also is also seems to look back to the siege of Torquilstone in Sir Walter Scott s Ivanhoe Other legendary elements are also added, especially regarding the slippage between Richard s legend and Robin s Alan a Dale is also named Blondel by his King, and so he becomes the troubadour who supposedly sung songs in order to find out where Richard was imprisoned Blondel, however, is entirely fictious, and has been used against Richard as evidence of his homsosexuality Jennifer Robeson s Lady of the Forest makes this quite clear , which does make me wonder if there will be any development in their relationship in Donald s forthcoming novels On the whole, King s Man is an easy enough read I wouldn t say it s gripping, but it has an interesting take on the legend in some places I ve felt that the novels in the series sometimes seems to slip between historical fiction and thriller which is interesting given that Robin Hood texts often border different genres, but I m not quite convinced about their integration here The thriller aspect seemslike an opportunity to sell novels and turn pages rather than add anything particularly new to the legend I do also wonder how many times that Robin will be made an outlaw throughout this series He s currently been an outlaw twice across three books, but been either awarded or restored to the Earl of Locksley to balance that out Donald s manifestation of Robin doesn t seem quite secure However, given the current interest in outlaw studies and fiction in general, it is nice to see a larger sequence of novels being dedicated to Robin Hood Kudos to him for that, and I ll be reading the next when it comes out later this year


  7. Nick Brett Nick Brett says:

    The third volume in Angus Donald s excellent Outlaw Chronicles series The series tells the tale of Robin Hood but from the perspective of Alan a Dale, with Robin Hood an important but often absent character Robin Hood is portrayed as a bit like the Godfather of Sherwood, not to be crossed but very loyal to those who are part of his inner circle Donald s Robin is ruthless, cunning and dangerous Alan Dale is passionate but makes human mistakes and has emotions he sometimes wears on his sleev The third volume in Angus Donald s excellent Outlaw Chronicles series The series tells the tale of Robin Hood but from the perspective of Alan a Dale, with Robin Hood an important but often absent character Robin Hood is portrayed as a bit like the Godfather of Sherwood, not to be crossed but very loyal to those who are part of his inner circle Donald s Robin is ruthless, cunning and dangerous Alan Dale is passionate but makes human mistakes and has emotions he sometimes wears on his sleeve The book makes him a very real character and it is he who narrates the story from his perspective.Set about 1192, Richard the Lionhheart has been captured on his way back from the Crusades and while his supporters try to raise the ransom, his brother John seeks to consolidate his position of power Robin and Alan become heavily involved in the process of raising funds, and Robin has been forced to resort to his old outlaw lifestyle.For fans of historical action and adventure this is an ideal series, told with both charm and wit and featuring strong characterisation, pace and plenty of action This is not the book to start with, although those who are fans already will be delighted with it new readers will be rewarded by starting with the first book Outlaw.A really enjoyable episode in the series and I am delighted to see it looks like Mr Donald is planning someadventures for us


  8. Folville& Folville& says:

    What an amazing author Angus Donald is I found his first book Outlaw in a little indie bookshop and was compelled to subsequently buy the sequels and each one excels the last There are very few authors I could mention that have had me literally laughing out loud on one page with wit and humour only to have me in tears of shock and awe moments later.The legendary Robin Hood has been written about so many times, but this author refreshingly puts a new twist to Robin s character, giving him in What an amazing author Angus Donald is I found his first book Outlaw in a little indie bookshop and was compelled to subsequently buy the sequels and each one excels the last There are very few authors I could mention that have had me literally laughing out loud on one page with wit and humour only to have me in tears of shock and awe moments later.The legendary Robin Hood has been written about so many times, but this author refreshingly puts a new twist to Robin s character, giving him in my mind a muchauthentic personality for the age of Britain s early medieval outlaws Written from the vp of the young Alan Dale, cleverly integrated with the elderly Alan s reminisces and current life in diary form, we soon discover that Robin is a charismatic and ruthless leader of men who both respect and fear him Angus Donald brings the complex character of Robin to life, but it is Alan Dale whose personality blazes off the page, particularly in King s Man The skill with which he describes 12th century England in the context of peasant, noble and royal life and culture shows an in depth passionate research The bloody battle scenes leave nothing to the imagination so much so that the picture is painted as vividly as if you are there in the thick of it Highly recommended, Angus Donald is now one of my favourite all time authors and I d be first off the block in a race to get the next of the sequels Warlord released in July 2012


  9. Mr. Matt Mr. Matt says:

    I enjoy historical fiction so much because I get the best of both worlds I learn about a period in history that I often know very little about, AND I get to enjoy a good adventurous story King s Man is no exception I finished it over the weekend and it was a pure pleasure to read.The story picks up on the heels of the second book Robin, Alan and the whole crew are back in England, but Richard, the King, has been taken hostage on his return from the Holy Land In the ensuing chaos, Prince Joh I enjoy historical fiction so much because I get the best of both worlds I learn about a period in history that I often know very little about, AND I get to enjoy a good adventurous story King s Man is no exception I finished it over the weekend and it was a pure pleasure to read.The story picks up on the heels of the second book Robin, Alan and the whole crew are back in England, but Richard, the King, has been taken hostage on his return from the Holy Land In the ensuing chaos, Prince John conspires with King Philip of France to see to it that Richard never returns And, of course, John s allies in Nottingham prosecute their private war with Robin Alan takes a center role in both rescuing the King and defeating Robin s enemies in England This book also advances Alan s personal life as well The budding romance with the young Saxon girl moves to the next level even as a person from Alan s past re emerges to disrupt things.It s a fun read if you enjoy historical fiction


  10. Colin Colin says:

    Nobody called Roger has ever been less than a full blooded whoremongering lecher My favourite quote, I enjoyed this book a lot A good historical fiction novel based on Robin Hood folklore with a nice mixture of action, politics, midnight stealth, assassinations and romance.It s book 3 in a series but I haven t read any of the others in the series yet, nonetheless it was written in a manner that I could still dive in and enjoy it.


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10 thoughts on “King's Man

  1. Paul Bennett Paul Bennett says:

    The farther I go in this series theI am convinced that Angus Donald s Robin Hood is by far one of the best portrayals of this legendary man I have come across Couple that with his story telling ability and you have a must read scenario In this volume, King s Man, Alan Dale finds himself labeled a traitor by seemingly everyone around him from Robin to Prince John to an old lover and even his good friends Marie Anne and Godifa Things on the home front at Westbury where Alan is ensconced a The farther I go in this series theI am convinced that Angus Donald s Robin Hood is by far one of the best portrayals of this legendary man I have come across Couple that with his story telling ability and you have a must read scenario In this volume, King s Man, Alan Dale finds himself labeled a traitor by seemingly everyone around him from Robin to Prince John to an old lover and even his good friends Marie Anne and Godifa Things on the home front at Westbury where Alan is ensconced as Lord of the Manor and from where he is telling this tale as an old man, are also not as well as they could be.The story has as it s backdrop the attempt by Prince John to replace his held for ransom brother, Richard, as King While the deal making to set Richard free proceeds ever so slowly, John and the despicable Ralph Murdac consolidate their hold and power over the land and Robin finds himself an outlaw in Sherwood once again The action is relentless, the intrigues are many and the introduction of some especially nefarious characters make for a very enjoyable read.Most of you will already know the historical outcome of this royal sibling rivalry between John and Richard but I bet you haven t read as interesting a take on this event as you will by reading King s Man

  2. Mark Harrison Mark Harrison says:

    Very violent addition to a good series Alan Dale is sent by Robin Hood to Austria to find Richard the Lionheart who has been captured returning from the Crusades As well as this Robin s son is captured, there is a siege of Nottingham castle, a witch with a grudge, Thunderdome, romance and a satisfying act of personal revenge Great adventure, totally unbelievable, totally great fun.

  3. Adam Lofthouse Adam Lofthouse says:

    A series that just gets better and better King s Man once again plunges us into the world of the Earl of Loxley Robin Hood to you and I , andimportantly, the mind of Alan Dale I am quite frankly astounding at how Angus has revamped each book, making each plot thicker andengaging Some series tend to whither and die with repetitive plots and characters that become two dimensional and a shadow of the person they were at the beginning This series just continues to evolve and stride f A series that just gets better and better King s Man once again plunges us into the world of the Earl of Loxley Robin Hood to you and I , andimportantly, the mind of Alan Dale I am quite frankly astounding at how Angus has revamped each book, making each plot thicker andengaging Some series tend to whither and die with repetitive plots and characters that become two dimensional and a shadow of the person they were at the beginning This series just continues to evolve and stride forward in a new direction Alan is back from the crusade, and at the start of the book must help his lord recover his castle which is under siege by Robin s mortal enemy Ralph Murdach It is though, what happens next which really drew this reader in From England to Germany Alan will travel He will betray his lord to the Church, sing with his imprisoned king, swear an oath of allegiance to the despicable Prince John, betray the oath and oncefight at the side of his beloved lord Not to mention get betrothed, knighted and earn his fame in battle along the way Each chapter is like a short story, they are so well rounded and action packed it is so easy to imagine this as a mini series on TV The author s research in to the time period is impeccable and he uses these details to bring medieval England to life Couldn t recommend this series anyCan t wait to dive into the next one

  4. Choko Choko says:

    This was a tough book to read The disfigured girl and the emotions her story evokes are just painful, but at least, the main character realizes how shallow he is I need to read something fun next, or I will get totally depressed.

  5. Lanie Lanie says:

    WARNING REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS DON T READ IF YOU HAVEN T READ THE BOOK king s Man has been rated R by the Nerd Association of Lanie for violence, langue, and sexual content D to start off, i m going to show you all, my 3 or 4 robin hood review followers D, a few intresting quotes from the book i do love mr donald s writing style it just fits Alan s uppity musical personality so well Serving you, my lord, is reward enough, Your fame will last forthan a thousand years And WARNING REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS DON T READ IF YOU HAVEN T READ THE BOOK king s Man has been rated R by the Nerd Association of Lanie for violence, langue, and sexual content D to start off, i m going to show you all, my 3 or 4 robin hood review followers D, a few intresting quotes from the book i do love mr donald s writing style it just fits Alan s uppity musical personality so well Serving you, my lord, is reward enough, Your fame will last forthan a thousand years And those you serve you, they to will be remembered john, tuck, alan, even my poor dead husband Will they shall not be forgotten So i say again the reward of serving you is enough it is the path to immortality Angus Donald seems a little pleased with himself here, doesn t he it seems that we must disregard the evidence of this villein it appears that he may have been tortured and his evidence is therefore not valid _ REALLY this is just plain stupid OF COURSE HE S BEEN TORTURED and if everyone know s you can t use that evidence, why d you bring it out anyway and make an ass of yourself Revenge is a duty it is not a pleasure We take vengeance because we owe it to those who have been wronged But, in itself, it is not something that can make us whole We take revenge because we must pay our debts to the dead and so people will fear to do us, and those we love, a wrong But we should not do it as a balm to the soul XDXDXDXD that s beautiful and very Robin Hoody this is Another glorious addition to one of my most FAVORITE Robin Hood series I just LOVE the Outlaw Chronicles the writing, the stories, the charactersmost of them anyway i have give the novel five stars, because i did think it was amazing but even with the highest of ratings, there is still a couple of things i found a little wrong with it So it s no secret that i ADORE this Robin Hood he s just such a wonderful, kick ass, well rounded, interesting character he s what you might call a high functioning sociopath D he actually reminds me a lot of Sherlock Holmes from BBC s show you know the one set in modern England with martian freeman as dr watson Sherlock doesn t give a fuck about anything but his next case, his next great obsession and when it comes to people well, there s only about 3, 4, maybe 5 at the most, that he truly cares about AND that s pretty similar to The Outlaw s Chronicles Robin Hood Robin loves his family and friends and the few other people he s decided get the distinct honor of his protection and attention everyone else is a chess piece in his little games of war and politics and nobility don t fuck with the godfather of Sherwood, nobles or his people cause he will find you and he will end you slowly, painfully, and in the most inventively show offy way possible Robin is a highly self interested guy he wants want he wants, and woe to anyone who gets in his way Robin s Fucked in the head, and with good reason Remember that story from Outlaw about the priest and the crucifix jim jones might be a good comparison as well since Robin is quiet obviously, violently nuts, but he still manages to gather followers who damn near worship him I mean, just think about we ve all sat here and read Robin to some pretty gory stuff he murdered that priest he cut off that bandit s arms and legs and left the kid to care for him he slaughtered Richard of Lea may he rest in peace he chose to let Ruth die and save her Father to further his own wealth he allowed the idiot who betrayed him to become a human sacrifice a bit surprising he s still got friends isn t it and i m sure i could add ton sif i went back and reread the first two books and Alan was a witness to most of these crimes he knows that his master is dangerous and very, VERY close to insane he s scene it So why, oh why Alan Dale, are you still shocked by Robin being a bit too kill happy it was one, random guy he was refusing to join Robin and insulting his sweet little baby boy s honor what Robin did here was smart and efficient even you admitted that so the time for shock is over if you whine ONE MORE TIME about Robin s cruelty after all you ve scene all you yourself have done by the end of King s Man , i swear to god, i ll find a way to get inside your books and punch you myself this just further proves my point that while Alan is a decent enough character, he s still a way to full of himself blockhead he s a wonderful story tell and i love his adventures but sometimes, he can be and idiot i m just saying, that by this point in his life, he simply shouldn t be appalled any oh well, at least he s not a mary sue marty stew, am i right and don t get me started on the boat incident but, at least he learned from that then there s Ralph he s the big bad guy right the sheriff he s a crook, a lair, a murderer, a rapist he s mean to Alan i m not supposed to like him, and i don t of course but not because of his actions mainly i don t like him cause i still know next to nothing about him i don t know WHY he s evil C greed and power just aren t enough of a motivate for him plus that little thing at the end, right before he was hung, you know, where he was telling Alan i know the truth about your father s murder and all that nonsense that, i felt, was a cliche cop out almost every fantasy book i ve read has something of this nature and by now, i ve grown sick of it it was not needed and for the record, i like the scent of lavenders And Nur she returns in the last part of this book and i was kinda glad she did C her story line just kinda walked off a cliff and left me wondering but this poor, poor girl she had such a rough life and the scene with Goody beating the shit out of her i think that was supposed too be funny, but i thought it was just plain cruel this girl was kept for years as a slave most likely a sexual one then along comes Alan who rescues her and she thanks him in probably the only way she knows how with her body and as a poor, young, lust blind teen, allan makes crazy insane impossible promise to her about love and forever _ idiot then her beauty is taken away, the one thing that Alan wanted her for but she, being a very young person herself, clearly thought it was deeper than that so when alan screamed, it damn near broke her heart and brain think about it the girl s had shit luck with men than the one guy the promises to lover her always is repulsed by her she fucking followed him home ALL THE WAY TO ENGLAND she can t find him and everyone starts calling her a witch so that clearly fed her madness and alan rejects her again is it any wonder she went so batty by the end of all this i just felt so, so sorry for her then goody beats her up i get that Nur was ruining her special day and what not, but i really feel that this could ve been handled differently c this is why teens shouldn t be allowed to fornicate again, oh well at least i know what happened to her.BUT I KNEW IT I KNEW HE D END UP WITH GOODY love her also, once again i must say that i dislike the framing of the story it takes away alot of suspense, because i can never truly be worried for Alan s well being it good it s well written it doesn t take away from the flow of the rest of the story but i still don t like it.my favorite part i think, was Robin s return to sherwood D loved the adventures in the holy war but i really missed the whole being an outlaw part of a robin hood tale D Now, for my biggest issue with the whole story Alan s betrayal but don t worry, it s still not enough to drag my rating down i was so shocked and pissed when i read that part i was all no alan how could you he did so much for you then i had to spend like 100 pages very nearly HATING alan for his FUCKING STUPIDITY .then i learn that it was all a ruse_WHAT i spent all that time guess what would happen and hoping for some big awesome fight scene and he and Robin PLANNED the whole thing not cool it s pretty much a bitch slap to the reader s face i was hoping maybe that last act of awful violence had be to much for poor allan that he wanted out and this was the only way he knew how C and then later after he realized his horrible mistake of betraying robin for safety and prince john, he d want back like there could ve big some big battle or something where alan was all like please take me back, my lord i m sorry i m such and idiot and robin and all the outlaws could ve been no you re our enemy now and we want nothingto do with you with a lot of bruises to pound the message home, cause you can t kill the main character three books into the series D then, in the end, i was thinking that maybe there d be another big battle and robin could get caught and is about to hang but alan manages to save the day cause you can t deny that the guy s bad ass and robin lets him back with seemingly open arms but is always just the tiniest bit weary of him from then on DNOPE it was all a plan he was a fucking spy i guess i should ve seen it coming because he didn t seem to terribly beaten up over the whole thing i KNEW that the betrayal thing couldn t have lasted forever, because we ve still got 4books alredy published and twoplanned i guess i was just hoping for something a little bit.you know, creative from one of my favorite authors All in all, a few grievences but not enough for me to not love the story it s awesome and i can t wait till i get Warlord D like if you like my review and comment if you think my idea about the betrayal is good Or if you have anything else to say i love having people to discuss my obsession with D

  6. Vicky Shirley Vicky Shirley says:

    The Robin Hood legend has been contained in the realms of historical fiction for almost 200 years Associated with the reign of King Richard I since John Major s chronicle, and the plays of Anthony Munday, Angus Donald s King s Man the third novel in his Outlaw Chronicle series is firmly situated in the post medieval tradition which first brought England s most celebrated outlaw and the Lionheart together Like so much of Robin Hood fiction which has become associated with the Plantagenets The Robin Hood legend has been contained in the realms of historical fiction for almost 200 years Associated with the reign of King Richard I since John Major s chronicle, and the plays of Anthony Munday, Angus Donald s King s Man the third novel in his Outlaw Chronicle series is firmly situated in the post medieval tradition which first brought England s most celebrated outlaw and the Lionheart together Like so much of Robin Hood fiction which has become associated with the Plantagenets and Angevin England, in Donald s re telling historical figures such as King Richard, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Prince John, and even William Marshal who also made an appearance in Ridley Scott s Robin Hood appear alongside Robin and his outlaw band Set in 1192, the novel is set against the imprisonment and eventual return of Richard the Lionheart, and his battle against his brother Prince John Having read all three of Donald s books now its quite obvious that violence is a recurring theme throughout the series, and the narration of the novel by Alan a Dale often reinforces the horrors of violence I have to say that character s the aversion to violence was less obvious in King s Man , but it was certainly evident in in Donald s previous novel Holy Warrior which tried so hard to appear that it was not sanctioning the Crusades Violence was often where the ideology of medieval texts were located although that is not to say that it was not interrogated and so the denunciation of violence in this series appears too much of a modern day re construction of the medieval period for my liking Nevertheless, the use character narration to foreground violence makes interesting comparison to Adam Thorpe s recent adatation Hodd , and it also shows, I think, a return to earlier traditions as some of the Robin Hood ballads are really quite violent Hollywood and modern manifestations of the Robin Hood legend often romanticise the role of the outlaw, so in some ways it is interesting to see violence emphasised so much in the novel Donald re works some of the material from the Robin Hood tradition throughout the novel The opening of King s Man with it s decapitation rituals and horse demons is reminiscent of the early ballad Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne , and while the siege of Nottingham Castle is an historical event, it also is also seems to look back to the siege of Torquilstone in Sir Walter Scott s Ivanhoe Other legendary elements are also added, especially regarding the slippage between Richard s legend and Robin s Alan a Dale is also named Blondel by his King, and so he becomes the troubadour who supposedly sung songs in order to find out where Richard was imprisoned Blondel, however, is entirely fictious, and has been used against Richard as evidence of his homsosexuality Jennifer Robeson s Lady of the Forest makes this quite clear , which does make me wonder if there will be any development in their relationship in Donald s forthcoming novels On the whole, King s Man is an easy enough read I wouldn t say it s gripping, but it has an interesting take on the legend in some places I ve felt that the novels in the series sometimes seems to slip between historical fiction and thriller which is interesting given that Robin Hood texts often border different genres, but I m not quite convinced about their integration here The thriller aspect seemslike an opportunity to sell novels and turn pages rather than add anything particularly new to the legend I do also wonder how many times that Robin will be made an outlaw throughout this series He s currently been an outlaw twice across three books, but been either awarded or restored to the Earl of Locksley to balance that out Donald s manifestation of Robin doesn t seem quite secure However, given the current interest in outlaw studies and fiction in general, it is nice to see a larger sequence of novels being dedicated to Robin Hood Kudos to him for that, and I ll be reading the next when it comes out later this year

  7. Nick Brett Nick Brett says:

    The third volume in Angus Donald s excellent Outlaw Chronicles series The series tells the tale of Robin Hood but from the perspective of Alan a Dale, with Robin Hood an important but often absent character Robin Hood is portrayed as a bit like the Godfather of Sherwood, not to be crossed but very loyal to those who are part of his inner circle Donald s Robin is ruthless, cunning and dangerous Alan Dale is passionate but makes human mistakes and has emotions he sometimes wears on his sleev The third volume in Angus Donald s excellent Outlaw Chronicles series The series tells the tale of Robin Hood but from the perspective of Alan a Dale, with Robin Hood an important but often absent character Robin Hood is portrayed as a bit like the Godfather of Sherwood, not to be crossed but very loyal to those who are part of his inner circle Donald s Robin is ruthless, cunning and dangerous Alan Dale is passionate but makes human mistakes and has emotions he sometimes wears on his sleeve The book makes him a very real character and it is he who narrates the story from his perspective.Set about 1192, Richard the Lionhheart has been captured on his way back from the Crusades and while his supporters try to raise the ransom, his brother John seeks to consolidate his position of power Robin and Alan become heavily involved in the process of raising funds, and Robin has been forced to resort to his old outlaw lifestyle.For fans of historical action and adventure this is an ideal series, told with both charm and wit and featuring strong characterisation, pace and plenty of action This is not the book to start with, although those who are fans already will be delighted with it new readers will be rewarded by starting with the first book Outlaw.A really enjoyable episode in the series and I am delighted to see it looks like Mr Donald is planning someadventures for us

  8. Folville& Folville& says:

    What an amazing author Angus Donald is I found his first book Outlaw in a little indie bookshop and was compelled to subsequently buy the sequels and each one excels the last There are very few authors I could mention that have had me literally laughing out loud on one page with wit and humour only to have me in tears of shock and awe moments later.The legendary Robin Hood has been written about so many times, but this author refreshingly puts a new twist to Robin s character, giving him in What an amazing author Angus Donald is I found his first book Outlaw in a little indie bookshop and was compelled to subsequently buy the sequels and each one excels the last There are very few authors I could mention that have had me literally laughing out loud on one page with wit and humour only to have me in tears of shock and awe moments later.The legendary Robin Hood has been written about so many times, but this author refreshingly puts a new twist to Robin s character, giving him in my mind a muchauthentic personality for the age of Britain s early medieval outlaws Written from the vp of the young Alan Dale, cleverly integrated with the elderly Alan s reminisces and current life in diary form, we soon discover that Robin is a charismatic and ruthless leader of men who both respect and fear him Angus Donald brings the complex character of Robin to life, but it is Alan Dale whose personality blazes off the page, particularly in King s Man The skill with which he describes 12th century England in the context of peasant, noble and royal life and culture shows an in depth passionate research The bloody battle scenes leave nothing to the imagination so much so that the picture is painted as vividly as if you are there in the thick of it Highly recommended, Angus Donald is now one of my favourite all time authors and I d be first off the block in a race to get the next of the sequels Warlord released in July 2012

  9. Mr. Matt Mr. Matt says:

    I enjoy historical fiction so much because I get the best of both worlds I learn about a period in history that I often know very little about, AND I get to enjoy a good adventurous story King s Man is no exception I finished it over the weekend and it was a pure pleasure to read.The story picks up on the heels of the second book Robin, Alan and the whole crew are back in England, but Richard, the King, has been taken hostage on his return from the Holy Land In the ensuing chaos, Prince Joh I enjoy historical fiction so much because I get the best of both worlds I learn about a period in history that I often know very little about, AND I get to enjoy a good adventurous story King s Man is no exception I finished it over the weekend and it was a pure pleasure to read.The story picks up on the heels of the second book Robin, Alan and the whole crew are back in England, but Richard, the King, has been taken hostage on his return from the Holy Land In the ensuing chaos, Prince John conspires with King Philip of France to see to it that Richard never returns And, of course, John s allies in Nottingham prosecute their private war with Robin Alan takes a center role in both rescuing the King and defeating Robin s enemies in England This book also advances Alan s personal life as well The budding romance with the young Saxon girl moves to the next level even as a person from Alan s past re emerges to disrupt things.It s a fun read if you enjoy historical fiction

  10. Colin Colin says:

    Nobody called Roger has ever been less than a full blooded whoremongering lecher My favourite quote, I enjoyed this book a lot A good historical fiction novel based on Robin Hood folklore with a nice mixture of action, politics, midnight stealth, assassinations and romance.It s book 3 in a series but I haven t read any of the others in the series yet, nonetheless it was written in a manner that I could still dive in and enjoy it.

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