Paperback è Maid Marian ePUB Þ

Paperback è Maid Marian ePUB Þ


Maid Marian ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Maid Marian Author Elsa Watson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk An irresistible reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, Maid Marian brings to life the rollicking and romantic world of the Middle AgesAn orphan and heiress to a large country estate, Marian Fitzwater i An irresistible reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, Maid Marian brings to life the rollicking and romantic world of the Middle AgesAn orphan and heiress to a large country estate, Marian Fitzwater is wed at the age of five to an equally young nobleman, Lord Hugh of Sencaster, a union that joins her inheritance to his But when she is seventeen, Lord Hugh, whom she hasn t seen in years, dies under mysterious circumstances Marian is left alone again a widow who has never been a bride But now, like all unmarried young ladies of fortune, she is made the ward of King Richard the Lionheart Since Richard is away on Crusade, Marian s fate lies in the hands of his mother, the formidable Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine The bridegroom Eleanor selects will get Marian s lands and, in return, pledge his loyalty and silver to the king Marian herself is irrelevant and she knows it Determined not to be sold into another sham marriage, she seeks out the one man who can help uncover the queen s intentions Robin Hood, the notorious Saxon outlaw of Sherwood ForestMarian is surprised to discover that the famed prince of thieves is not only helpful but handsome, likeable, and sympathetic to her plight Robin s men intercept a letter from Queen Eleanor, from which Marian learns, to her horror, that she is to marry her late husband s brother His family has a history of mysterious deaths, and Marian knows she is in danger Once married, she can be easily disposed of a fate she may have escaped once already On the eve of her wedding, Robin Hood spirits Marian back to the forest The Queen believes her to be dead, and Marian begins a new life with Robin Hood s outlaws, who pledge to help her regain her fortune and expose the treachery of her enemies.

    Paperback è Maid Marian ePUB Þ equally young nobleman, Lord Hugh of Sencaster, a union that joins her inheritance to his But when she is seventeen, Lord Hugh, whom she hasn t seen in years, dies under mysterious circumstances Marian is left alone again a widow who has never been a bride But now, like all unmarried young ladies of fortune, she is made the ward of King Richard the Lionheart Since Richard is away on Crusade, Marian s fate lies in the hands of his mother, the formidable Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine The bridegroom Eleanor selects will get Marian s lands and, in return, pledge his loyalty and silver to the king Marian herself is irrelevant and she knows it Determined not to be sold into another sham marriage, she seeks out the one man who can help uncover the queen s intentions Robin Hood, the notorious Saxon outlaw of Sherwood ForestMarian is surprised to discover that the famed prince of thieves is not only helpful but handsome, likeable, and sympathetic to her plight Robin s men intercept a letter from Queen Eleanor, from which Marian learns, to her horror, that she is to marry her late husband s brother His family has a history of mysterious deaths, and Marian knows she is in danger Once married, she can be easily disposed of a fate she may have escaped once already On the eve of her wedding, Robin Hood spirits Marian back to the forest The Queen believes her to be dead, and Marian begins a new life with Robin Hood s outlaws, who pledge to help her regain her fortune and expose the treachery of her enemies."/>
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Maid Marian
  • Elsa Watson
  • English
  • 24 March 2018
  • 1400082765

About the Author: Elsa Watson

Pacific Northwest native Elsa Watson loves to write about two of her favorite things history and animals Whether she s telling stories about Maid Marian and Elizabeth Tudor or dogs and people who switch bodies, Elsa loves bringing her imaginary world to life Elsa is the author of MAID MARIAN, a re telling of the Robin Hood legend, and THE OTHER ELIZABETH, a story for younger readers about year old Elizabeth Tudor Her dog books include THE LOVE DOG, the story of a dog named Apollo who works in reality TV, and DOG DAYS, about a dog and woman who switch bodies Publishers Weekly named DOG DAYS as one of the best romances of To learn , visit elsawatson.



10 thoughts on “Maid Marian

  1. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Robin Hood is my absolute favorite legend of all time, but somehow nobody ever manages to match my idea of him Far too many insist on making him gritty and morally ambiguous and useless, whereas I see him as a very smart, very righteous man with a great sense of humor The POINT of Robin Hood is that he s a champion of the poor and the downtrodden, but he never loses his humanity or ability to laugh and Watson gets that Additionally, she managed to pack in most of my favorite tidbits of the R Robin Hood is my absolute favorite legend of all time, but somehow nobody ever manages to match my idea of him Far too many insist on making him gritty and morally ambiguous and useless, whereas I see him as a very smart, very righteous man with a great sense of humor The POINT of Robin Hood is that he s a champion of the poor and the downtrodden, but he never loses his humanity or ability to laugh and Watson gets that Additionally, she managed to pack in most of my favorite tidbits of the Robin Hood legend the Merry Men living around the Greenwood, wearing Lincolnwood green, the cave as the fall back position, the shooting match where Robin Hood wins a golden arrow, the overarcing ideal of protecting the throne and the kingdom, collecting King Richard s ransomRobin Hood s friendships feel real, and his relationship with Maid Marian is exceptionally believable The story is told by Maid Marian Growing up as the Norman Lady Marian Fitzwater, her life is bound by the rules of Queen Eleanor of Aquitane s court and her childhood marriage to Sir Hugh of Sencaster But Hugh s untimely death sunders her expectations of adult life, and her struggle to regain her dower lands shows her that neither her former mother in law nor the queen can be trusted Seeking information about her mil s plans, Marian ventures into Sherwood Forest, looking for the infamous outlaw Robin Hood The two clash immediately Marian has pretty privileged views, particularly of the Saxon Norman conflict , but there is a spark there that neither can deny Months later, Robin Hood saves her from a forced marriage and the two flee to Sherwood They have a number of adventures, culminating in a devious plan to snatch back Marian s dower lands The writing is ok, the villain fairly ridiculous definitely the weakest part of the book , the historical knowledge very good, and the emotional lives of the characters very well thought out It s a slightly uneven book, but it s definitely one of the better perspectives on the Robin Hood legend

  2. Emily Emily says:

    This book attempts a mix of historical fiction and myth in the form of a Robin Hood retelling, and succeeds at neither Marian Fitzwater is a ward of the crown and subject to the whims of Eleanor of Aquitaine, so she actively seeks out help from Robin Hood when her fate is uncertain The novel veers somewhat crazily between Marian s life as a member of the Norman aristocracy to the typical life of the Saxon peasant, with some stops in Sherwood in between It s unbelievable as a chronicle of life This book attempts a mix of historical fiction and myth in the form of a Robin Hood retelling, and succeeds at neither Marian Fitzwater is a ward of the crown and subject to the whims of Eleanor of Aquitaine, so she actively seeks out help from Robin Hood when her fate is uncertain The novel veers somewhat crazily between Marian s life as a member of the Norman aristocracy to the typical life of the Saxon peasant, with some stops in Sherwood in between It s unbelievable as a chronicle of life in Norman England Marian s class fluidity is ridiculous and it s unbelievable as a Robin Hood retelling Robin Hood is out here bargaining with the queen get real The real crime of this book is that it s just not that fun There are brief flashes where Watson seems to get Robin Hood as a character, but we spendtime with Marian posing as Lady Pernelle s trusted servant than we do with the outlaws Whatever this is, it s not a Robin Hood book

  3. Margaret Chind Margaret Chind says:

    For as long as I can remember I have always been a fan of Robin Hood legend Movies and books alike have told various versions that I have soaked up and loved Earlier this year I found the best ever with the first two installations of Stephen Lawhead s triology Hood and Scarlet Those two books being from the perspective of, of course, Robin Hood Bran and Will Scarlet This book fits right in I know that Elsa Watson is her own author and nothing to do with the former, but really this ta For as long as I can remember I have always been a fan of Robin Hood legend Movies and books alike have told various versions that I have soaked up and loved Earlier this year I found the best ever with the first two installations of Stephen Lawhead s triology Hood and Scarlet Those two books being from the perspective of, of course, Robin Hood Bran and Will Scarlet This book fits right in I know that Elsa Watson is her own author and nothing to do with the former, but really this tale fits well into the mix Here you have a version of the historic bard tale written in a way never read before Of course the setting is different, so don t get me wrong, but what I mean is the perspective This book is the retelling from Marian s point of view Through Elsa s words she is as real as can be Marian is finally real with thoughts, opinions, dreams, and fears She brings to you through her inner most thoughts her life from birth to future and you cannot help but feel with her Anger and love, pain and joy It is all there and well shared Frankly, this book is fabulous and I could barely put it down I hate that it was a library book, because I don t want to give it back I guess I will just have to go and buy it myself now I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will dream of it for nights to come Jump in and explore the adventure and tales of a realistic Maid Marian from a juvenile to a young mistress Learn the power of a woman in charge from both evil and good It s just wonderful

  4. Serethiel ☽ ✨ Serethiel ☽ ✨ says:

    I m afraid this was a DNF It wasn t a bad book, and I adore the story of Robin Hood, but this one was just a bit too slow for me I stopped on page fifty nine.

  5. Laura Laura says:

    Queen Eleanor strode on and left me, Lady Marian , there, a numb mass of flesh and bones Here was the truth I had so longed for I had no parents, would never see them, could never live in the same home with them The glowing phantoms I d so carefully built by piling my hopes and dreams together disappeared in a breath of wind, turned to dust, and vanished completely.It was then that I learned to mistrust my elders, to look for the meaning behind their words, to feel suspect of their smiles Queen Eleanor strode on and left me, Lady Marian , there, a numb mass of flesh and bones Here was the truth I had so longed for I had no parents, would never see them, could never live in the same home with them The glowing phantoms I d so carefully built by piling my hopes and dreams together disappeared in a breath of wind, turned to dust, and vanished completely.It was then that I learned to mistrust my elders, to look for the meaning behind their words, to feel suspect of their smiles and caresses Got if one man might lie to me, as Apple Man so soundly had, why shouldn t the others If he could placate me with falsehoods, how could I trust the words of his fellows And so, though I was little aware of it at the time, the first chills of disillusionment stole across my heart that day, leaving a child mixed with one part shrewdness and three parts youthful ignorance The Major Oak, where legends describe Robin Hood gathering with his men, still stands in Sherwood forest albeit with significant structural support Picture Marian, as a not quite lady of 17, fleeing her castle and planned marriage for this forest One of my favorite movies as a child was the Disney cartoon version of Robin Hood So forgive me if I get a little excited any time I pick up a book having to do with the legendary folk hero Elsa Watson gives us a variation of that legend by using the first person POV of Marian She s able to use fictional licence because there aren t a whole lot of facts surrounding Maid Marian in the folk tales In Watson s retelling, Marian is the orphaned child of landed nobles As such, she inherits her family s estate with a regent, Apple Man, to rule the land until she is of age However, she is also at the mercy of Queen Eleanor, and can be married to a nobleman of the queen s choice These matches were frequently made as a reward to men in favor of the kind queen as any land ownership transferred to the husband upon marriage Marian is not one to enter her chosen marriage without a fight though Enlisting the help of her long time nurse, Annie, she attempts to find out who her planned husband is Central to her plan is Robin Hood, a well known outlaw Her future has never beenuncertain, and in medieval England, uncertainty is often better than a sealed fate My two cents Watson s novel has the potential to be a wonderful retelling with a twist Unfortunately, the writing was stilted, the plot evolved in an unlikely way, and the villain was almost comedic Also, despite the first person POV, I never truly connected with Marian She seemed strangely detached from the storydefinitely a case of telling, not showing Overall, I would only recommend this as a library grab if you love all things Robin Hood, but other reviewers have mentioned better versions of this classic tale Given 1.5 stars or a rating of Below Average Further Reading A link to an article exploring the legends of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

  6. R. G. Nairam R. G. Nairam says:

    Yet another retelling enters the foggy area of I m not sure what to think of this Vague spoilers and much rambling incomingIt started out with a narration style that I found very hard to connect to, and a verrrry verrrry sloooooow beginning, exasperated by my issues with the narration I actually flipped through the book, found the chapter where they were going to run into Robin, went okay, I can make it and chugged through to get there I would sometimes skip ahead when I saw dialogue Yet another retelling enters the foggy area of I m not sure what to think of this Vague spoilers and much rambling incomingIt started out with a narration style that I found very hard to connect to, and a verrrry verrrry sloooooow beginning, exasperated by my issues with the narration I actually flipped through the book, found the chapter where they were going to run into Robin, went okay, I can make it and chugged through to get there I would sometimes skip ahead when I saw dialogue or something interesting further down the page, read a bit there, and then back up, which was weird and not something I usually do.When we did get to Robin, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed him, and how well the dialogue tended to flow and amuse me Unfortunately, some sexual references entered with the dialogue, which made it a mixed victory for the book We had some fun, Robin Hood esque adventures and some nice banter.Then it swung into everybody being so in love and then so betrayed as displayed by my status updates and I lost all patience with the story and with Marian I had a hard time ever learning why Marian loved Robin even though I did, it would be nice to know what appealed to her about his personality , so both the ecstatic love and violent reaction to a betrayal only exasperated me.Then, very surprisingly, the book took a turn for the better Though I continued to struggle with the narration style and pacing of the book, the last hundred or so pages actually went tolerably well for me I almost wished that the kind of story that the last third of the book was had been what the whole book had been like It was interesting to view spoiler have our heroes separated, and I loved Robin s plan and relation of his talk with the queen, among other things hide spoiler One thing rubbed me a bit wrong view spoiler The disbanding of Robin s band It just seemed weird, and soon like Outlaws of Sherwood , unnecessary, a bit against Robin s character, and I didn t like it hide spoiler Probably, when it rounds out, the book spent approximately 1 3rd of it s time in 3 star territory, edging towards 4 at times, and the other 2 3rds annoying the heck out of me for various reasons I feel like all of it would have been better if I d been able to really see eye to eye with Marian on emotional level, but I never got there Again, I think the narration is to blame There were plenty of things about her I technically should have been able to connect to, but the way they were expressed kept me from doing so.To sum up 1 Robin is a dear.2 Marian is tolerable.3 The content is regrettable and sometimes insulting.4 The villain is interesting, if descending into a bit of unbelievable madness in the end.5 It sometimes pretends to be historically accurate when it is not It seemedto match the times of maybe 100 or 200 years later to me than the late 12th century Taken as fantasy, it s okay The legend of Robin Hood itself contains many inaccuracies 6 The dialogue, except for a brief highly stilted spell see love and betrayal , is very enjoyable.7 Show, don t tell.8 Some interesting plot points and characters.9 Please cut the boring stuff

  7. Katie/Doing Dewey Katie/Doing Dewey says:

    Although I had read reviews suggesting Marian might be too much the helpless damsel, the book started off well Within the confines allowed her by medieval society, Marian does an impressive job taking control of her fate The writing was beautiful throughout and the elegant language felt like the right way for Maid Marian to tell her story Things quickly fall apart, however, when Marian finds she lacks the courage to run away from her second marriage and is only saved by the timely interventio Although I had read reviews suggesting Marian might be too much the helpless damsel, the book started off well Within the confines allowed her by medieval society, Marian does an impressive job taking control of her fate The writing was beautiful throughout and the elegant language felt like the right way for Maid Marian to tell her story Things quickly fall apart, however, when Marian finds she lacks the courage to run away from her second marriage and is only saved by the timely intervention of Robin Hood.From this point forward, Marian mostly stops being the character driving the plot The decisions she does make are poorly thought out Despite being the main character Maid Marian misses out on much of the action, only hearing about it from Robin Hood This means that the reader also misses out on the action while Marian simpers at or worries about Robin constantly For maybe the last fifth of the story, Marian begins making her own decisions again and we see a little of the court intrigue promised in the description But of course, at the very end, Robin has to sweep in again to secure a happy ending.Just to be clear, I m not opposed to a strong male protagonist or women who sometimes need to be rescued It s even realistic for Marian to need to be rescued initially, before she s learned to fight or survive as a commoner What bothers me is that once she gains these skills, she s still a complete idiot about Robin making her un relatable while Robin is obnoxiously smug making him un relatable So this left me annoyed at Marian, who constantly has to be rescued from her poor choices, and without a character I could empathize with This review first published on Doing Dewey.

  8. Jami Jami says:

    I just happenend to see this book on the shelf at the library and thought oooooooh a twist on Robin Hood Well I couldn t put it down and when I was forced to put it down all I could think about was getting back to it A truly remarkable story that is vividly imagined The characters are anything but ordinary and will surprise you at every turn I highly recommend this book

  9. Teghan Teghan says:

    It was so bad I hated every minute of it It was childish, Marion and Robin were incredibly annoying and whiny and I frankly stopped caring about the characters early on If you want a really good Robin Hood book check out Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Robinson, its so good so good.

  10. Mary Mary says:

    A Robin Hood retelling told from Marian s point of view This novel is at its strongest when focused on the historical period especially the setting and politics of the time Although the narrative slows when chronicling all of Marian s thoughts and feelings in detail, she is still a strong character and her story is compelling Fans of historical romance will appreciate this version of the Sherwood Forest hero.

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10 thoughts on “Maid Marian

  1. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Robin Hood is my absolute favorite legend of all time, but somehow nobody ever manages to match my idea of him Far too many insist on making him gritty and morally ambiguous and useless, whereas I see him as a very smart, very righteous man with a great sense of humor The POINT of Robin Hood is that he s a champion of the poor and the downtrodden, but he never loses his humanity or ability to laugh and Watson gets that Additionally, she managed to pack in most of my favorite tidbits of the R Robin Hood is my absolute favorite legend of all time, but somehow nobody ever manages to match my idea of him Far too many insist on making him gritty and morally ambiguous and useless, whereas I see him as a very smart, very righteous man with a great sense of humor The POINT of Robin Hood is that he s a champion of the poor and the downtrodden, but he never loses his humanity or ability to laugh and Watson gets that Additionally, she managed to pack in most of my favorite tidbits of the Robin Hood legend the Merry Men living around the Greenwood, wearing Lincolnwood green, the cave as the fall back position, the shooting match where Robin Hood wins a golden arrow, the overarcing ideal of protecting the throne and the kingdom, collecting King Richard s ransomRobin Hood s friendships feel real, and his relationship with Maid Marian is exceptionally believable The story is told by Maid Marian Growing up as the Norman Lady Marian Fitzwater, her life is bound by the rules of Queen Eleanor of Aquitane s court and her childhood marriage to Sir Hugh of Sencaster But Hugh s untimely death sunders her expectations of adult life, and her struggle to regain her dower lands shows her that neither her former mother in law nor the queen can be trusted Seeking information about her mil s plans, Marian ventures into Sherwood Forest, looking for the infamous outlaw Robin Hood The two clash immediately Marian has pretty privileged views, particularly of the Saxon Norman conflict , but there is a spark there that neither can deny Months later, Robin Hood saves her from a forced marriage and the two flee to Sherwood They have a number of adventures, culminating in a devious plan to snatch back Marian s dower lands The writing is ok, the villain fairly ridiculous definitely the weakest part of the book , the historical knowledge very good, and the emotional lives of the characters very well thought out It s a slightly uneven book, but it s definitely one of the better perspectives on the Robin Hood legend

  2. Emily Emily says:

    This book attempts a mix of historical fiction and myth in the form of a Robin Hood retelling, and succeeds at neither Marian Fitzwater is a ward of the crown and subject to the whims of Eleanor of Aquitaine, so she actively seeks out help from Robin Hood when her fate is uncertain The novel veers somewhat crazily between Marian s life as a member of the Norman aristocracy to the typical life of the Saxon peasant, with some stops in Sherwood in between It s unbelievable as a chronicle of life This book attempts a mix of historical fiction and myth in the form of a Robin Hood retelling, and succeeds at neither Marian Fitzwater is a ward of the crown and subject to the whims of Eleanor of Aquitaine, so she actively seeks out help from Robin Hood when her fate is uncertain The novel veers somewhat crazily between Marian s life as a member of the Norman aristocracy to the typical life of the Saxon peasant, with some stops in Sherwood in between It s unbelievable as a chronicle of life in Norman England Marian s class fluidity is ridiculous and it s unbelievable as a Robin Hood retelling Robin Hood is out here bargaining with the queen get real The real crime of this book is that it s just not that fun There are brief flashes where Watson seems to get Robin Hood as a character, but we spendtime with Marian posing as Lady Pernelle s trusted servant than we do with the outlaws Whatever this is, it s not a Robin Hood book

  3. Margaret Chind Margaret Chind says:

    For as long as I can remember I have always been a fan of Robin Hood legend Movies and books alike have told various versions that I have soaked up and loved Earlier this year I found the best ever with the first two installations of Stephen Lawhead s triology Hood and Scarlet Those two books being from the perspective of, of course, Robin Hood Bran and Will Scarlet This book fits right in I know that Elsa Watson is her own author and nothing to do with the former, but really this ta For as long as I can remember I have always been a fan of Robin Hood legend Movies and books alike have told various versions that I have soaked up and loved Earlier this year I found the best ever with the first two installations of Stephen Lawhead s triology Hood and Scarlet Those two books being from the perspective of, of course, Robin Hood Bran and Will Scarlet This book fits right in I know that Elsa Watson is her own author and nothing to do with the former, but really this tale fits well into the mix Here you have a version of the historic bard tale written in a way never read before Of course the setting is different, so don t get me wrong, but what I mean is the perspective This book is the retelling from Marian s point of view Through Elsa s words she is as real as can be Marian is finally real with thoughts, opinions, dreams, and fears She brings to you through her inner most thoughts her life from birth to future and you cannot help but feel with her Anger and love, pain and joy It is all there and well shared Frankly, this book is fabulous and I could barely put it down I hate that it was a library book, because I don t want to give it back I guess I will just have to go and buy it myself now I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will dream of it for nights to come Jump in and explore the adventure and tales of a realistic Maid Marian from a juvenile to a young mistress Learn the power of a woman in charge from both evil and good It s just wonderful

  4. Serethiel ☽ ✨ Serethiel ☽ ✨ says:

    I m afraid this was a DNF It wasn t a bad book, and I adore the story of Robin Hood, but this one was just a bit too slow for me I stopped on page fifty nine.

  5. Laura Laura says:

    Queen Eleanor strode on and left me, Lady Marian , there, a numb mass of flesh and bones Here was the truth I had so longed for I had no parents, would never see them, could never live in the same home with them The glowing phantoms I d so carefully built by piling my hopes and dreams together disappeared in a breath of wind, turned to dust, and vanished completely.It was then that I learned to mistrust my elders, to look for the meaning behind their words, to feel suspect of their smiles Queen Eleanor strode on and left me, Lady Marian , there, a numb mass of flesh and bones Here was the truth I had so longed for I had no parents, would never see them, could never live in the same home with them The glowing phantoms I d so carefully built by piling my hopes and dreams together disappeared in a breath of wind, turned to dust, and vanished completely.It was then that I learned to mistrust my elders, to look for the meaning behind their words, to feel suspect of their smiles and caresses Got if one man might lie to me, as Apple Man so soundly had, why shouldn t the others If he could placate me with falsehoods, how could I trust the words of his fellows And so, though I was little aware of it at the time, the first chills of disillusionment stole across my heart that day, leaving a child mixed with one part shrewdness and three parts youthful ignorance The Major Oak, where legends describe Robin Hood gathering with his men, still stands in Sherwood forest albeit with significant structural support Picture Marian, as a not quite lady of 17, fleeing her castle and planned marriage for this forest One of my favorite movies as a child was the Disney cartoon version of Robin Hood So forgive me if I get a little excited any time I pick up a book having to do with the legendary folk hero Elsa Watson gives us a variation of that legend by using the first person POV of Marian She s able to use fictional licence because there aren t a whole lot of facts surrounding Maid Marian in the folk tales In Watson s retelling, Marian is the orphaned child of landed nobles As such, she inherits her family s estate with a regent, Apple Man, to rule the land until she is of age However, she is also at the mercy of Queen Eleanor, and can be married to a nobleman of the queen s choice These matches were frequently made as a reward to men in favor of the kind queen as any land ownership transferred to the husband upon marriage Marian is not one to enter her chosen marriage without a fight though Enlisting the help of her long time nurse, Annie, she attempts to find out who her planned husband is Central to her plan is Robin Hood, a well known outlaw Her future has never beenuncertain, and in medieval England, uncertainty is often better than a sealed fate My two cents Watson s novel has the potential to be a wonderful retelling with a twist Unfortunately, the writing was stilted, the plot evolved in an unlikely way, and the villain was almost comedic Also, despite the first person POV, I never truly connected with Marian She seemed strangely detached from the storydefinitely a case of telling, not showing Overall, I would only recommend this as a library grab if you love all things Robin Hood, but other reviewers have mentioned better versions of this classic tale Given 1.5 stars or a rating of Below Average Further Reading A link to an article exploring the legends of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

  6. R. G. Nairam R. G. Nairam says:

    Yet another retelling enters the foggy area of I m not sure what to think of this Vague spoilers and much rambling incomingIt started out with a narration style that I found very hard to connect to, and a verrrry verrrry sloooooow beginning, exasperated by my issues with the narration I actually flipped through the book, found the chapter where they were going to run into Robin, went okay, I can make it and chugged through to get there I would sometimes skip ahead when I saw dialogue Yet another retelling enters the foggy area of I m not sure what to think of this Vague spoilers and much rambling incomingIt started out with a narration style that I found very hard to connect to, and a verrrry verrrry sloooooow beginning, exasperated by my issues with the narration I actually flipped through the book, found the chapter where they were going to run into Robin, went okay, I can make it and chugged through to get there I would sometimes skip ahead when I saw dialogue or something interesting further down the page, read a bit there, and then back up, which was weird and not something I usually do.When we did get to Robin, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed him, and how well the dialogue tended to flow and amuse me Unfortunately, some sexual references entered with the dialogue, which made it a mixed victory for the book We had some fun, Robin Hood esque adventures and some nice banter.Then it swung into everybody being so in love and then so betrayed as displayed by my status updates and I lost all patience with the story and with Marian I had a hard time ever learning why Marian loved Robin even though I did, it would be nice to know what appealed to her about his personality , so both the ecstatic love and violent reaction to a betrayal only exasperated me.Then, very surprisingly, the book took a turn for the better Though I continued to struggle with the narration style and pacing of the book, the last hundred or so pages actually went tolerably well for me I almost wished that the kind of story that the last third of the book was had been what the whole book had been like It was interesting to view spoiler have our heroes separated, and I loved Robin s plan and relation of his talk with the queen, among other things hide spoiler One thing rubbed me a bit wrong view spoiler The disbanding of Robin s band It just seemed weird, and soon like Outlaws of Sherwood , unnecessary, a bit against Robin s character, and I didn t like it hide spoiler Probably, when it rounds out, the book spent approximately 1 3rd of it s time in 3 star territory, edging towards 4 at times, and the other 2 3rds annoying the heck out of me for various reasons I feel like all of it would have been better if I d been able to really see eye to eye with Marian on emotional level, but I never got there Again, I think the narration is to blame There were plenty of things about her I technically should have been able to connect to, but the way they were expressed kept me from doing so.To sum up 1 Robin is a dear.2 Marian is tolerable.3 The content is regrettable and sometimes insulting.4 The villain is interesting, if descending into a bit of unbelievable madness in the end.5 It sometimes pretends to be historically accurate when it is not It seemedto match the times of maybe 100 or 200 years later to me than the late 12th century Taken as fantasy, it s okay The legend of Robin Hood itself contains many inaccuracies 6 The dialogue, except for a brief highly stilted spell see love and betrayal , is very enjoyable.7 Show, don t tell.8 Some interesting plot points and characters.9 Please cut the boring stuff

  7. Katie/Doing Dewey Katie/Doing Dewey says:

    Although I had read reviews suggesting Marian might be too much the helpless damsel, the book started off well Within the confines allowed her by medieval society, Marian does an impressive job taking control of her fate The writing was beautiful throughout and the elegant language felt like the right way for Maid Marian to tell her story Things quickly fall apart, however, when Marian finds she lacks the courage to run away from her second marriage and is only saved by the timely interventio Although I had read reviews suggesting Marian might be too much the helpless damsel, the book started off well Within the confines allowed her by medieval society, Marian does an impressive job taking control of her fate The writing was beautiful throughout and the elegant language felt like the right way for Maid Marian to tell her story Things quickly fall apart, however, when Marian finds she lacks the courage to run away from her second marriage and is only saved by the timely intervention of Robin Hood.From this point forward, Marian mostly stops being the character driving the plot The decisions she does make are poorly thought out Despite being the main character Maid Marian misses out on much of the action, only hearing about it from Robin Hood This means that the reader also misses out on the action while Marian simpers at or worries about Robin constantly For maybe the last fifth of the story, Marian begins making her own decisions again and we see a little of the court intrigue promised in the description But of course, at the very end, Robin has to sweep in again to secure a happy ending.Just to be clear, I m not opposed to a strong male protagonist or women who sometimes need to be rescued It s even realistic for Marian to need to be rescued initially, before she s learned to fight or survive as a commoner What bothers me is that once she gains these skills, she s still a complete idiot about Robin making her un relatable while Robin is obnoxiously smug making him un relatable So this left me annoyed at Marian, who constantly has to be rescued from her poor choices, and without a character I could empathize with This review first published on Doing Dewey.

  8. Jami Jami says:

    I just happenend to see this book on the shelf at the library and thought oooooooh a twist on Robin Hood Well I couldn t put it down and when I was forced to put it down all I could think about was getting back to it A truly remarkable story that is vividly imagined The characters are anything but ordinary and will surprise you at every turn I highly recommend this book

  9. Teghan Teghan says:

    It was so bad I hated every minute of it It was childish, Marion and Robin were incredibly annoying and whiny and I frankly stopped caring about the characters early on If you want a really good Robin Hood book check out Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Robinson, its so good so good.

  10. Mary Mary says:

    A Robin Hood retelling told from Marian s point of view This novel is at its strongest when focused on the historical period especially the setting and politics of the time Although the narrative slows when chronicling all of Marian s thoughts and feelings in detail, she is still a strong character and her story is compelling Fans of historical romance will appreciate this version of the Sherwood Forest hero.

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