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Shirewode ❮Epub❯ ➥ Shirewode ➤ Author J. Tullos Hennig – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A Novel of Robyn Hood

King of the Shire Wode That is what they will call you

Home razed by Church edict, loved ones struck down by treachery, Rob of Loxley is left for dead Taken by A Novel of Robyn HoodKing of the Shire Wode That is what they will call youHome razed by Church edict, loved ones struck down by treachery, Rob of Loxley is left for dead Taken by an old druid master into the deeps, Rob emerges as driven leader of a tightknit band of outcasts, claiming the forest as their own and wielding the Horned Lord's vengeance with silent, deadly arrows Unwilling witness to Loxley's destruction and disowned by his noble family, Gamelyn Boundys takes flight from England As a sworn knight of the Lionheart's Crusade, Gamelyn has found new identity and purposebut no absolution When the two boyhood lovers next cross paths, it will be in a brutal, blindfolded game of foxes and hounds, one which pits Templar assassin against Heathen outlaw And when Rob discovers his sister Marion is also still alive, the game turnsHistory and legend both chronicle Robyn Hood and Guy of Gisbourne as the deadliest of enemies, but the reality is complexand infinitely tragic.


10 thoughts on “Shirewode

  1. Shile Shile says:

    I LOVED IT!!!

    I am not able to go into details, maybe one day i will come back to write a review for this one, maybe not.

    Epic doesn't begin to describe this series. Worth every penny and every hour.

    Thank you to my wonderful buddy readers for this incredible book 2 journey.


  2. Xia Xia Xia Xia says:

    Edit August 2020: Considering that I found out how Wyldingwode ends, book 2 is the end of the series for me.

    ***

    I'm still trembling with the adrenaline of the last chapters, so this review will be quick.

    This is a Masterpiece.

    The author has taken myth, history, folklore and legend and has woven them into a literary masterpiece. And yes, this is the best Robin Hood story every written. Fight me!


    Thank you to my buddy-reading friends who have held my hand till the end of this book.


  3. Moony Eliver Moony Eliver says:

    4.5 stars. I read fiction for so many reasons, but I’m almost always looking for an emotionally immersive experience. To that end, I seek out a certain kind of book… one that I can’t really describe, but I know when I see it. (Yeah, that’s possibly the most unhelpful sentence in existence.)

    But the point is, I didn't predict that this series was the kind I gravitate towards. I went into it not because it was my usual thing, but because of a raving endorsement from a trusted friend. And Teal, as it turns out, you could not have been more right. ;)

    I found an immersive experience, indeed. Not just emotional, but adventurous, imaginative, and sumptuous. When I would begrudgingly set down my kindle, I found myself blinking a few times and wondering why I was hearing cars outside instead of horses clomping. Why I felt air coming from my vents instead of breezing through the trees.

    Why my heart was beating like it had a vendetta with my ribs.

    In a retelling like this, you might be tempted to think that the characterizations have been given a head start. Like you already know the people you’re going to read about. Maybe you’ve heard one, or dozens, or zero tales about Robin Hood, but regardless, I assure you that you don’t know *these* characters yet. They were developed as dimensionally as you could hope for, with no leaning on mythos for shortcuts. This includes both the main and peripheral characters, and even extends to the substantive personality written into the animals, who are as much a part of the characters’ lives as the air they breathe.

    It’s only with characters like this — ones I grow to know, ones that jump off the page and slap me or kiss me or both — that I can lose myself in their adventures. I have not long considered myself a fantasy reader, and this has been why. I suppose I had several past experiences that convinced me of fantasy being more about plot and escapades than about characters and relationships, and my priority is decidedly the latter. But CLEARLY I had chosen poorly, because my experiences with fantasy over the past year have been amazing. And this is the story that has finally made me stop eschewing the fantasy genre.

    I have to note, because I’m me and I can’t not, that this book isn’t perfect. I had pacing niggles in the last 20%, and there were one or two too many contrived plot elements for my liking. (IMO, those were more present here than in book 1.)

    But. My decision to round up was easy, because living with these characters over the last week has been so thrilling that the letdown now is real. The last three books, which I’ll be LIVING come the end of April, will conclude with the series finale due to be released on May 1st.

    Rob and Gamelyn (fight me, I’ll never call him Guy) are the latest addition to my couples hall of fame. They’re ones that I’ll revisit again and again, and I can’t wait.

    Thanks, as always, to my fab buddy readers (Ele, Linda, Rosa, Shile, Teal, Xia) — this one would have been torturous not to be able to discuss, and you added so much to the experience!


  4. Elena Elena says:

    29/08/2020 update, after finishing the series

    I can’t in good conscience let this review stand as it is. I loved the first two books, as it shows in my enthusiastic reviews, but after finishing the entire series, I need to add a warning to anybody reading this.
    Read this series, absolutely do it, it is worth it. BUT stop at the end of the second book. There will be some loose ends and things you’d like to see resolved, but it’s a good stopping point and my advice is to walk away from the series there because there are few answers given in the following books, especially the last two, and those that are given are insufficient and/or in no way coherent with the characterization of the first two books.
    Don’t stay around to see an amazing story get ruined, walk away with the good memories still intact.
    ----------------------------------------
    4.5 stars

    If I made a list of all the tropes I dislike, this book would have several of them. After finishing Greenwode, I hoped some things wouldn’t happen in Shirewode, but they did. Almost every one of them, and they got dragged longer than I would’ve ever expected. Not only that, things I didn’t contemplate and that I usually hate happened, too.

    Now look at my rating and ask me if I care.

    This book wasn’t perfect. The ending was a bit rushed after a slow (and very good) set up leading to the main events and a couple of things seemed too convenient and forced, just put there because they were needed later or less complex and nuanced that I expected, when the explanations arrived.

    Again, look at my rating and ask me if I care.

    I do care, a little, that’s why the 4.5 stars. But I never considered not rounding up, because this book takes the prize on the sheer force of the emotions it evoked.

    It made me feel all the feelings.

    The bad, the good, the worst, the great. I was right there with the characters, feeling everything with them and a lot more on their behalf.
    I was anxious, angry, relieved, heartbroken, I laughed at odd moments because the humor came out of nowhere most of the time, I hoped and worried when things turned bad and melted when they turned right. It was a wild ride and even if I can’t say I enjoyed every moment of it, there isn’t much I would change, certainly not one of these amazing characters.
    I’m only too happy to have still books to spend with them and with all my amazing buddy readers (Linda, Moony, Rosa, Shile, Teal and Xia), who make the journey even better. A special, very grateful, thanks to Linda and Teal. I would’ve missed all of this without you and it would’ve been such a shame.


  5. Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~ Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~ says:

    Note: (view spoiler)[I cannot emphasize enough that this series is not Romance and is not M/M. However, these first two books are a complete duology and can be read as an M/M story. If you read beyond that, be aware that the remainder of the series goes in a different direction. (hide spoiler)]


  6. Teal Teal says:

    The Wode Book 1 + The Wode Book 2 = The best reading experience I've had in the last 25 years.

    And how am I supposed to write a review of THAT? Well, since I'm in the throes of a book hangover of epic proportions and won't be able to read anything else for a while, I'll at least have the time available to give it a try...


  7. Cristina Cristina says:

    A sword and a dagger he wore by his side,
    Of manye a man the bane;
    And he was clad in his capull-hyde
    Topp and tayll and mayne
    [...]
    ‘I dwell by dale and downe,’ quoth hee,
    ‘And Robin to take I’me sworne;
    And when I am callèd by my right name
    I am Guy of good Gisborne.

    Thus the famous Child Ballad chronicles the encounter between Robyn Hood and his sworn enemy Guy of Gisbourne. But who is Guy? Is he just Robyn's nemesis and hunter?

    J. Tullos Hennig takes the legend, folklore and literary sources and, just like she did in Greenwode, injects them with narrative twists and a new sense of life and freedom.

    Taking up from the shocking cliffhanger of the first book in the series, Shirewode moves ahead in time to find the main characters scattered around and scarred by the fire that devoured Loxley and their own lives. (view spoiler)[ Robyn is now the head of a gang of outlaws living and hiding in the depths of the Sherwood forest whilst Gamelyn is known as Guy of Gisbourne, a cold-as-steel and cold-of-heart Templar knight and Marion is a novice nun who has forgotten everything about her past life. (hide spoiler)]


  8. Rosa Rosa says:

    I don't know what to say apart from, if you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for?
    I'm officially trapped on The Wode. This world and characters are so layered and complex than nothing I could say would made them justice.
    The writting is as good as in the first book but this is more action packed than the previous one. We're faced again with old foes and friends, and for a moment, it looks like there's no way forward possible.
    (view spoiler)[We knew Gamelyn, we knew his heart, and his doubts, but we don't know Guy, we don't know what he is capable of, because he's capable of plenty of things. He is a Templar, a soldier and has so much regret and pain inside himself that anything is possible. We knew Rob, we knew his effrontery and his kindness, but we don't know Robyn Hood, The Hooded One, the scourge of nobles and priests. The one who wanders Shire Wode trying to mantain the Old Ways and who is here to fight. And we knew Marion, we knew her cleverness and strenght, but we don't know this novice, this little woman too frightened to grab her destiny and face it. (hide spoiler)]


  9. Rhosyo& Rhosyo& says:

    5 stars Characters and Story!

    Everyone knows the leyend of Robin Hood with its multiple adaptations but, after reading and falling in love with this Shirewode, I truly can't Imagine any other version as good as these books.
    These characters will definitely stay with me for a while.

    I love any Celtic-culture related story, and this one was outstanding!
    This author will be one of my favorites for sure❤️💙💜
    .......

    Agosto 2020
    Luego de leer varias opiniones de contactos de GR q respeto y suelo compartir, prefiero terminar la historia con este volumen. No voy a continuar con los libros 😐. La duologia fue hermosa


  10. Carole Cummings Carole Cummings says:

    1) A love of words and how they’re put together
    2) An appreciation for in-depth characterization
    3) An admiration for grand, striking world-building
    4) The ability to just let go and let the author take you where the story leads
    5) Oh, and a nice long chunk of available time to read without interruption

    These are the things you’ll need to appreciate the ‘Wode series the way it should be appreciated. And I’m serious about that last—don’t read this on the bus to work; don’t read it while you’re working out at the gym; don’t try to squeeze in 15 minutes on your lunch break. Set aside a weekend, stock up on snacks and comfy pillows, send the kids off to the grandparents and your SO off to… wherever your SO goes, turn off your phone and just… sink in.

    This series is a story of so many things—right and wrong, whose truth matters when it comes to “right” and “wrong”, who has a right to decide who God is and what God wants of us, whether or not right or wrong has anything to do with love, politics and family and love and betrayal… There are so many Big Picture aspects to this story, all brought ’round and intersected with the smaller picture lives of the three main characters. It’s a testament to the author’s knowledge of the history and her skill with words that all of these aspects intersplice to mean something, to speak to the reader in ways that touch the heart and tweak at our own moral ambiguities, make us think them through and name them, define them so we may understand them better, and through them relate to each character, be they “good” or “bad”. We may not agree with the villains in this story—or even the heroes sometimes, for that matter—but the author makes sure we know why they are who they are, the history that made them, and she leaves us the opportunity to understand them if we so choose.

    I’m not sure many understand the skill that takes. Then again, as readers, we don’t really need to; all we need to do is sink in, let the words wrap around us and take us away into the worlds of Rob and Guy and Marion, take their hands and let them show us, listen to them as they tell us, feel with them while they break our hearts and rebuild them.

    This series is not merely words on a page. It’s an experience. Often painful, at times infuriating, sometimes frustrating, occasionally sensually erotic, and always, always sensuously authentic. It’s an experience that demands to be experienced. Let it pull you in.


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10 thoughts on “Shirewode

  1. Shile Shile says:

    I LOVED IT!!!

    I am not able to go into details, maybe one day i will come back to write a review for this one, maybe not.

    Epic doesn't begin to describe this series. Worth every penny and every hour.

    Thank you to my wonderful buddy readers for this incredible book 2 journey.

  2. Xia Xia Xia Xia says:

    Edit August 2020: Considering that I found out how Wyldingwode ends, book 2 is the end of the series for me.

    ***

    I'm still trembling with the adrenaline of the last chapters, so this review will be quick.

    This is a Masterpiece.

    The author has taken myth, history, folklore and legend and has woven them into a literary masterpiece. And yes, this is the best Robin Hood story every written. Fight me!


    Thank you to my buddy-reading friends who have held my hand till the end of this book.

  3. Moony Eliver Moony Eliver says:

    4.5 stars. I read fiction for so many reasons, but I’m almost always looking for an emotionally immersive experience. To that end, I seek out a certain kind of book… one that I can’t really describe, but I know when I see it. (Yeah, that’s possibly the most unhelpful sentence in existence.)

    But the point is, I didn't predict that this series was the kind I gravitate towards. I went into it not because it was my usual thing, but because of a raving endorsement from a trusted friend. And Teal, as it turns out, you could not have been more right. ;)

    I found an immersive experience, indeed. Not just emotional, but adventurous, imaginative, and sumptuous. When I would begrudgingly set down my kindle, I found myself blinking a few times and wondering why I was hearing cars outside instead of horses clomping. Why I felt air coming from my vents instead of breezing through the trees.

    Why my heart was beating like it had a vendetta with my ribs.

    In a retelling like this, you might be tempted to think that the characterizations have been given a head start. Like you already know the people you’re going to read about. Maybe you’ve heard one, or dozens, or zero tales about Robin Hood, but regardless, I assure you that you don’t know *these* characters yet. They were developed as dimensionally as you could hope for, with no leaning on mythos for shortcuts. This includes both the main and peripheral characters, and even extends to the substantive personality written into the animals, who are as much a part of the characters’ lives as the air they breathe.

    It’s only with characters like this — ones I grow to know, ones that jump off the page and slap me or kiss me or both — that I can lose myself in their adventures. I have not long considered myself a fantasy reader, and this has been why. I suppose I had several past experiences that convinced me of fantasy being more about plot and escapades than about characters and relationships, and my priority is decidedly the latter. But CLEARLY I had chosen poorly, because my experiences with fantasy over the past year have been amazing. And this is the story that has finally made me stop eschewing the fantasy genre.

    I have to note, because I’m me and I can’t not, that this book isn’t perfect. I had pacing niggles in the last 20%, and there were one or two too many contrived plot elements for my liking. (IMO, those were more present here than in book 1.)

    But. My decision to round up was easy, because living with these characters over the last week has been so thrilling that the letdown now is real. The last three books, which I’ll be LIVING come the end of April, will conclude with the series finale due to be released on May 1st.

    Rob and Gamelyn (fight me, I’ll never call him Guy) are the latest addition to my couples hall of fame. They’re ones that I’ll revisit again and again, and I can’t wait.

    Thanks, as always, to my fab buddy readers (Ele, Linda, Rosa, Shile, Teal, Xia) — this one would have been torturous not to be able to discuss, and you added so much to the experience!

  4. Elena Elena says:

    29/08/2020 update, after finishing the series

    I can’t in good conscience let this review stand as it is. I loved the first two books, as it shows in my enthusiastic reviews, but after finishing the entire series, I need to add a warning to anybody reading this.
    Read this series, absolutely do it, it is worth it. BUT stop at the end of the second book. There will be some loose ends and things you’d like to see resolved, but it’s a good stopping point and my advice is to walk away from the series there because there are few answers given in the following books, especially the last two, and those that are given are insufficient and/or in no way coherent with the characterization of the first two books.
    Don’t stay around to see an amazing story get ruined, walk away with the good memories still intact.
    ----------------------------------------
    4.5 stars

    If I made a list of all the tropes I dislike, this book would have several of them. After finishing Greenwode, I hoped some things wouldn’t happen in Shirewode, but they did. Almost every one of them, and they got dragged longer than I would’ve ever expected. Not only that, things I didn’t contemplate and that I usually hate happened, too.

    Now look at my rating and ask me if I care.

    This book wasn’t perfect. The ending was a bit rushed after a slow (and very good) set up leading to the main events and a couple of things seemed too convenient and forced, just put there because they were needed later or less complex and nuanced that I expected, when the explanations arrived.

    Again, look at my rating and ask me if I care.

    I do care, a little, that’s why the 4.5 stars. But I never considered not rounding up, because this book takes the prize on the sheer force of the emotions it evoked.

    It made me feel all the feelings.

    The bad, the good, the worst, the great. I was right there with the characters, feeling everything with them and a lot more on their behalf.
    I was anxious, angry, relieved, heartbroken, I laughed at odd moments because the humor came out of nowhere most of the time, I hoped and worried when things turned bad and melted when they turned right. It was a wild ride and even if I can’t say I enjoyed every moment of it, there isn’t much I would change, certainly not one of these amazing characters.
    I’m only too happy to have still books to spend with them and with all my amazing buddy readers (Linda, Moony, Rosa, Shile, Teal and Xia), who make the journey even better. A special, very grateful, thanks to Linda and Teal. I would’ve missed all of this without you and it would’ve been such a shame.

  5. Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~ Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~ says:

    Note: (view spoiler)[I cannot emphasize enough that this series is not Romance and is not M/M. However, these first two books are a complete duology and can be read as an M/M story. If you read beyond that, be aware that the remainder of the series goes in a different direction. (hide spoiler)]

  6. Teal Teal says:

    The Wode Book 1 + The Wode Book 2 = The best reading experience I've had in the last 25 years.

    And how am I supposed to write a review of THAT? Well, since I'm in the throes of a book hangover of epic proportions and won't be able to read anything else for a while, I'll at least have the time available to give it a try...

  7. Cristina Cristina says:

    A sword and a dagger he wore by his side,
    Of manye a man the bane;
    And he was clad in his capull-hyde
    Topp and tayll and mayne
    [...]
    ‘I dwell by dale and downe,’ quoth hee,
    ‘And Robin to take I’me sworne;
    And when I am callèd by my right name
    I am Guy of good Gisborne.

    Thus the famous Child Ballad chronicles the encounter between Robyn Hood and his sworn enemy Guy of Gisbourne. But who is Guy? Is he just Robyn's nemesis and hunter?

    J. Tullos Hennig takes the legend, folklore and literary sources and, just like she did in Greenwode, injects them with narrative twists and a new sense of life and freedom.

    Taking up from the shocking cliffhanger of the first book in the series, Shirewode moves ahead in time to find the main characters scattered around and scarred by the fire that devoured Loxley and their own lives. (view spoiler)[ Robyn is now the head of a gang of outlaws living and hiding in the depths of the Sherwood forest whilst Gamelyn is known as Guy of Gisbourne, a cold-as-steel and cold-of-heart Templar knight and Marion is a novice nun who has forgotten everything about her past life. (hide spoiler)]

  8. Rosa Rosa says:

    I don't know what to say apart from, if you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for?
    I'm officially trapped on The Wode. This world and characters are so layered and complex than nothing I could say would made them justice.
    The writting is as good as in the first book but this is more action packed than the previous one. We're faced again with old foes and friends, and for a moment, it looks like there's no way forward possible.
    (view spoiler)[We knew Gamelyn, we knew his heart, and his doubts, but we don't know Guy, we don't know what he is capable of, because he's capable of plenty of things. He is a Templar, a soldier and has so much regret and pain inside himself that anything is possible. We knew Rob, we knew his effrontery and his kindness, but we don't know Robyn Hood, The Hooded One, the scourge of nobles and priests. The one who wanders Shire Wode trying to mantain the Old Ways and who is here to fight. And we knew Marion, we knew her cleverness and strenght, but we don't know this novice, this little woman too frightened to grab her destiny and face it. (hide spoiler)]

  9. Rhosyo& Rhosyo& says:

    5 stars Characters and Story!

    Everyone knows the leyend of Robin Hood with its multiple adaptations but, after reading and falling in love with this Shirewode, I truly can't Imagine any other version as good as these books.
    These characters will definitely stay with me for a while.

    I love any Celtic-culture related story, and this one was outstanding!
    This author will be one of my favorites for sure❤️💙💜
    .......

    Agosto 2020
    Luego de leer varias opiniones de contactos de GR q respeto y suelo compartir, prefiero terminar la historia con este volumen. No voy a continuar con los libros 😐. La duologia fue hermosa

  10. Carole Cummings Carole Cummings says:

    1) A love of words and how they’re put together
    2) An appreciation for in-depth characterization
    3) An admiration for grand, striking world-building
    4) The ability to just let go and let the author take you where the story leads
    5) Oh, and a nice long chunk of available time to read without interruption

    These are the things you’ll need to appreciate the ‘Wode series the way it should be appreciated. And I’m serious about that last—don’t read this on the bus to work; don’t read it while you’re working out at the gym; don’t try to squeeze in 15 minutes on your lunch break. Set aside a weekend, stock up on snacks and comfy pillows, send the kids off to the grandparents and your SO off to… wherever your SO goes, turn off your phone and just… sink in.

    This series is a story of so many things—right and wrong, whose truth matters when it comes to “right” and “wrong”, who has a right to decide who God is and what God wants of us, whether or not right or wrong has anything to do with love, politics and family and love and betrayal… There are so many Big Picture aspects to this story, all brought ’round and intersected with the smaller picture lives of the three main characters. It’s a testament to the author’s knowledge of the history and her skill with words that all of these aspects intersplice to mean something, to speak to the reader in ways that touch the heart and tweak at our own moral ambiguities, make us think them through and name them, define them so we may understand them better, and through them relate to each character, be they “good” or “bad”. We may not agree with the villains in this story—or even the heroes sometimes, for that matter—but the author makes sure we know why they are who they are, the history that made them, and she leaves us the opportunity to understand them if we so choose.

    I’m not sure many understand the skill that takes. Then again, as readers, we don’t really need to; all we need to do is sink in, let the words wrap around us and take us away into the worlds of Rob and Guy and Marion, take their hands and let them show us, listen to them as they tell us, feel with them while they break our hearts and rebuild them.

    This series is not merely words on a page. It’s an experience. Often painful, at times infuriating, sometimes frustrating, occasionally sensually erotic, and always, always sensuously authentic. It’s an experience that demands to be experienced. Let it pull you in.

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