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Nottingham ✤ Nottingham Download ➸ Author Nathan Makaryk – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Both a gripping historical epic and fascinating deconstruction of the Robin Hood legend, Nathan Makaryk s Nottingham mixes history and myth into a complex study of power one that twists and turns far Both a gripping historical epic and fascinating deconstruction of the Robin Hood legend, Nathan Makaryk s Nottingham mixes history and myth into a complex study of power one that twists and turns far beyond the traditional tale of Sherwood Forest s iconic thiefNo king No rulesEngland,King Richard is half a world away, fighting for God and his own ambition Back home, his country languishes, bankrupt and on the verge of anarchy People with power are running unchecked People without are growing angry And in Nottingham, one of the largest shires in England, the sheriff seems intent on doing nothing about itAs the leaves turn gold in the Sherwood Forest, the lives of six people Arable, a servant girl with a secret, Robin and William, soldiers running from their pasts, Marion, a noblewoman working for change, Guy of Gisbourne, Nottingham s beleaguered guard captain, and Elena Gamwell, a brash, ambitious thief become intertwinedAnd a strange story begins to spread.

  • Hardcover
  • 496 pages
  • Nottingham
  • Nathan Makaryk
  • English
  • 11 July 2018
  • 1250195608

About the Author: Nathan Makaryk

Nathan is a writer, playwright, actor, director, and comedian He is a co owner of the Maverick Theater in Fullerton, CA, where he premiered his original play The Legend of Robin Hood in April This work was later developed into his debut historical epic NOTTINGHAM, published by Tor Forge Books in August .



10 thoughts on “Nottingham

  1. Nick Borrelli Nick Borrelli says:

    As with the King Arthur legend, there have also been endless retellings of the story of Robin Hood One of my favorites of these is the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead which came at the tale from a purely historical context, minus the glamorous and mythical elements So when I received a copy of NOTTINGHAM by Nathan Makaryk from the publisher Tor Forge and read the inside sleeve, I wasthan curious to find out how this book would stack up in comparison.The story begins in a very famil As with the King Arthur legend, there have also been endless retellings of the story of Robin Hood One of my favorites of these is the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead which came at the tale from a purely historical context, minus the glamorous and mythical elements So when I received a copy of NOTTINGHAM by Nathan Makaryk from the publisher Tor Forge and read the inside sleeve, I wasthan curious to find out how this book would stack up in comparison.The story begins in a very familiar way, in England circa 1191 King Richard is off fighting the Crusades and the Sheriff of Nottingham is busy levelling crippling taxes on the already impoverished citizens in a desperate effort to fund the war However, things aren t going so well and when the production and flow of weapons begins to dwindle to a mere trickle, Robin of Locksley travels back to Nottingham with his partner in arms William de Wendenal to find out exactly what is going on What he finds is instability and a pocket of resistance that are in need of direction and a leader.As events begin to unfold in earnest, we are introduced to a number of familiar characters as well as numerous characters who we may not know so well, yet are major viewpoint characters in the story This is the true strength of this book as Makaryk adds much to this timeless story by showing how the non stars of the show are impacted by what is taking place and relays their feelings through various alternating viewpoints It really is an interesting way to handle the legend and something that made the book so muchenjoyable in my opinion Yes Robin Hood is still a major character and player, but he almost takes a backseat at times to the other characters that Makaryk has focused his attention on.I thought that NOTTINGHAM was such a refreshing take on the Robin Hood mythos Rather than relying on the usual story that we ve read and seen a thousand times as the basis for his story, Makaryk takes a daring risk that pays off incredibly well in the end One of my favorite aspects of NOTTINGHAM was reading about characters who I thought I had a firm handle on, and then seeing them portrayed in an entirely different way than I was used to or expecting He constantly kept me on my toes and I literally did not know what to expect from page to page There s a subtle twisting of each character s personality and motivations that creates a whole new angle for the story and gives you an alternate possibility for how it actually could have gone.I read a review that said something like I just can t ever picture Robin Hood at that time in history saying something like well damn I normally don t critique other reviews but this entirely misses the point in my opinion Part of what makes this retelling so great and original is that Makaryk infuses a healthy amount of modern language and humor in it I liken it to the way that director Baz Luhrmann will take a period piece story and spice it up with some modern flair just not quite to the extent and the liberties that Baz takes obviously All of this in combination makes NOTTINGHAM a beautifully written book that nobody should miss in my opinionIf you are looking for a fresh take on the legendary story of Robin Hood and his band of merry thieves, then you should rush out and grab a copy of this book now It s a wonderful story that entertains in the way that the classic tale does, but also challenges your assumptions and gives you an entirely new story to wrap your head around I recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a cracking good read to begin the New Year

  2. K.A. Doore K.A. Doore says:

    It s taken me a while to write this review because this book was just so good All I could think of was wow, this is exactly how excited I got when I read Game of Thrones way back when But you know, everybody comps everything to GoT, right So I tried to think of another clever way to put it How do I describe a book that has such clever turns of phrase that constantly had me reading whole passages aloud just to delight in the pure Englishness of it all How do I describe the multitude of vi It s taken me a while to write this review because this book was just so good All I could think of was wow, this is exactly how excited I got when I read Game of Thrones way back when But you know, everybody comps everything to GoT, right So I tried to think of another clever way to put it How do I describe a book that has such clever turns of phrase that constantly had me reading whole passages aloud just to delight in the pure Englishness of it all How do I describe the multitude of viewpoints, each distinct, each nuanced, each convincing you that they alone are Correct until you get to the next chapter How do I describe the twisty turny plot, at times obvious, at times completely unexpected How do I describe the familiar yet fresh takes on Little John, on Marion, on the Sheriff, on Robin How do I even begin to describe that ending Yes, okay, fine Nottingham s like reading Game of Thrones for the first time, back in the 90s, before jaded and grimdark were the Next Cool Things Except it s a leap beyond that, a whole hundred league step that will hopefully drag the genre kicking and screaming along with it, because it s dark, yes, but it s also full of hope and light and resilience There s no rape There s no gratuitous violence I mean there s violence, yes, of course, but you never get the feeling that Makaryk is rubbing it in your face Walking Dead style.But there are the goddamned consequences

  3. Katherine Riley Katherine Riley says:

    Do you know the story of Robin Hood Of course you do But what exactly do you know He s a man in a hood, a charming thief who steals from the wealthy and gives to the poor There s a maiden who helps him, some merry men An evil sheriff who tries to stop them.Possibly you don t remember muchBut even if you do, even if can you remember the movie s in photographic detail, Nottingham will still prove you know nothing Nottingham s story goes so deep and wide that all of those images becom Do you know the story of Robin Hood Of course you do But what exactly do you know He s a man in a hood, a charming thief who steals from the wealthy and gives to the poor There s a maiden who helps him, some merry men An evil sheriff who tries to stop them.Possibly you don t remember muchBut even if you do, even if can you remember the movie s in photographic detail, Nottingham will still prove you know nothing Nottingham s story goes so deep and wide that all of those images become like buoys, floating for a moment on the surface of your mind before you go under again Nottingham investigates not only what these most basic and lingering elements of the story actually represent, but how they can exist at all And driving it all, make no mistake, is a heady and exciting ride

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    UPDATE When I first read The Mists of Avalon awfulness of MZB aside , it was a transformative experience because it was the story I thought needed to be told That s exactly what Nottingham is to the Robin Hood legacy And the way that Nathan Makaryk writes is clever, cutting, and just plain gorgeous There are some elements you never saw coming no spoilers here , but everything is exactly as it should be This is one of those special books It s not one you borrow, it s one you keep on your UPDATE When I first read The Mists of Avalon awfulness of MZB aside , it was a transformative experience because it was the story I thought needed to be told That s exactly what Nottingham is to the Robin Hood legacy And the way that Nathan Makaryk writes is clever, cutting, and just plain gorgeous There are some elements you never saw coming no spoilers here , but everything is exactly as it should be This is one of those special books It s not one you borrow, it s one you keep on your shelf forever._________________________________I am currently in possession of an ARC of this book, and I m moving at a glacial pace for a very good reason I don t want to miss a word So, while I m reading some other fantastic ARCs on my Kindle, this one sits on my nightstand so that I can wrap myself up in it at night.The thing is, I m normally all about plot and story But this book brings together everything I love about books a great story, clever prose, and a humor that I can only define as refreshingly surprising I keep finding myself going wait, what Yep, that s what I thought that said So instead of reading furiously to find out what happens next, I m along for the gruesome, gorgeous, and frequently hilarious ride I ve even stopped picturing the characters as foxes So, I m tossing this review up just shy of the halfway mark because everyone needs this book on their shelves I ll update this review if I ever bring myself to finish

  5. Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance says:

    I FINISHED IT This novel was a bear of a read and masterfully constructed Absolutely brilliantly written, though I didn t enjoy the entire ride of the book, admittedly Neither a fan in particular of Robin Hood stories as such, nor clueless or uninterested, I picked his novel up because I needed a change in my reading pace something meaty to chew on per se, and this was eyeing me from the shelves utterly intriguingly Right away, only a few pages into it, I knew I had found what I was look I FINISHED IT This novel was a bear of a read and masterfully constructed Absolutely brilliantly written, though I didn t enjoy the entire ride of the book, admittedly Neither a fan in particular of Robin Hood stories as such, nor clueless or uninterested, I picked his novel up because I needed a change in my reading pace something meaty to chew on per se, and this was eyeing me from the shelves utterly intriguingly Right away, only a few pages into it, I knew I had found what I was looking for The story begins with King Richard during the third crusade in 1191 at the port city of Acre, pressing in on Saladin Sharp with deceit and intrigue, this novel starts very strong, full of wordplay and the promise of a captivating, intense plot In the meantime, back home in Nottingham, the funding of the crusade has taken a toll on infrastructure and the citizens are impoverished When the trickle of war supplies runs low to King Richards army, Robin of Locksley is sent back from the front lines to investigate what could be the cause Many of the familiar tropes and parts of the tales of Robin Hood take place in the overall story of this novel, but the presentation by Makaryk is one examined under the microscope in this most detailed and very heavily character driven novel This is an amazing feat and there is so much detail to take in, that I wonder how it is possible to plan such an undertaking and master it with consistency as well as it was done Though this speaks for such utter brilliance, it doesn t come without a drawback, and that is, that the novel felt rather long in many parts What I did enjoy were the POV s of the different characters A whole handful of a mixed cast, from the knifing ones to the good apples in the lot, their viewpoints and moments to shine brought a different dynamic to the table then a sole focus on Robin Hood himself The rotation in characters turned the cogs of the plot unbeknown by others and at their own volition While communication during this time wasn t what it is today, much speculation on the characters part made for the perfect scenes of misunderstandings, misgivings, backstabberies, and individual triumphs and losses There is much to love about this in depth look at Robin Hood, the legendary heroic outlaw originally depicted in English folklore, though I did not really fall in love with any of the characters The left brained me was trying hard to grasp for something loveable or heartwrenching in the story and all I found was the brilliance in writing, but not a deep connection to the characters despite the mounts of trials and tribulations There were so many clever moments, even some heartfelt things in there like loss or young love, but nothing deviated to stir my emotions far to either side of a linear path.After all, this is a brilliant, detailed novel not to be missed Just know, it takes time and requires patience The payoff lies in the amazing craft on how it all comes together in the end while keeping the reader on their toes along the entirety of the novel navigating through the maze of the Sherwood Forest and the political intrigue I definitely recommend this novel if you enjoy historical fiction and character driven plots rich in detail Happy Reading More of my reviews here Through Novel Time Distance

  6. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    A wonderful retelling of the Robin Hood story that really captivates It tells the story of Robin Hood in a fresh and modern way that really seems closer to the truth than other stories I like the story of the three women featured in this A very interesting story that kept me interested fro beginning to end Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  7. Jackie Jackie says:

    I just cannot finish this book I m not sure what it is about it, but every time i pick it up, i want to be doing or thinking about anything else Part of what i think has happened is that the author has focused on showing the good and bad sides of each character, so there s no one to root for I can t connect with anyone, because everyone is kind of an asshole I can t quite keep up with what they re doing or scheming either There are a lot of perspectives to keep track of, and i just don t wa I just cannot finish this book I m not sure what it is about it, but every time i pick it up, i want to be doing or thinking about anything else Part of what i think has happened is that the author has focused on showing the good and bad sides of each character, so there s no one to root for I can t connect with anyone, because everyone is kind of an asshole I can t quite keep up with what they re doing or scheming either There are a lot of perspectives to keep track of, and i just don t want to any

  8. Emily Emily says:

    Can someone please advise if this book leanstowards Lady of the Forest or Hood Inquiring minds need to know Can someone please advise if this book leanstowards Lady of the Forest or Hood Inquiring minds need to know

  9. Anthony Anthony says:

    1st book of the new decade, finished Nottingham, by Nathan Makaryk, is the best Robin Hood story I ve ever read although it is my first Robin Hood read Makaryk took an old, legendary story that s already been retold in numerous formats, and turned it into a realistic historical fiction This wasof a tragedy, than anything else Unlike any other Robin Hood tale, there was no real bad guy That s what made this so fascinating It was told through multiple perspectives, and each one ha 1st book of the new decade, finished Nottingham, by Nathan Makaryk, is the best Robin Hood story I ve ever read although it is my first Robin Hood read Makaryk took an old, legendary story that s already been retold in numerous formats, and turned it into a realistic historical fiction This wasof a tragedy, than anything else Unlike any other Robin Hood tale, there was no real bad guy That s what made this so fascinating It was told through multiple perspectives, and each one had their own reasons and motives for their actions, all for the sake of creating peace and helping the people of England We all thought the Sheriff was evil, but in this he was quite likable As Makaryk says in his Author s Note, he wanted to create a good vs good vs good And I feel that he pulled it off I love the sense of humor throughout the book It had me laughing frequently, especially when we got to Prince John What a shithead he was, but still a fun character

  10. Emily Joy Emily Joy says:

    Well I have a lot of thoughts This review contains pretty important spoilers They are safe in desktop mode, but app users beware This book had many things that I liked and enjoyed It s told from multiple perspectives, and about half of the POVs were women As a story, Robin Hood lore traditionally has very few women, and I always appreciate the addition ofwomen to even out the cast of male characters.Something that surprised me while I was reading this book was how the storytelling an Well I have a lot of thoughts This review contains pretty important spoilers They are safe in desktop mode, but app users beware This book had many things that I liked and enjoyed It s told from multiple perspectives, and about half of the POVs were women As a story, Robin Hood lore traditionally has very few women, and I always appreciate the addition ofwomen to even out the cast of male characters.Something that surprised me while I was reading this book was how the storytelling and dialogue had a distinct sense of modern humor While that would usually annoy me, I could immediately tell that it was done intentionally, and the research and attention to other historical details evened it out, and I found that I didn t mind it at all.I know that this book is meant to be a deconstruction of the Robin Hood lore, and that s not necessarily a bad thing, but I did find a bit abrasive and obviously done At times it felt like the book was openly mocking the traditional story, and it didn t subtly feel wrapped up on in the story It felt broadcast in bright electric letters I read this book because I like Robin Hood, and because I really enjoy the story as it is, even if it might be flawed in some areas In Nottingham characters openly laugh at the idea of hosting an archery tournament as a trap, repeatedly emphasizing how stupid it is And sure, in the world of this particular book, an archery tournament doesn t fit the story But why bring it up just to repeatedly laugh at it This happens with several other classic scenes from the legend Robin Hood as a story has developed over time and is designed to be changed in each retelling, and changing it up is fine It doesn t have to be the same as before, but there s no reason to laugh at it just for the sake of laughing.I had two major problems with this book, outside of its Robin Hood content.1 There is a past event that involves truly brutal violence towards a woman This event, should haveimpact and effect the current story , but it doesn t and instead is used only to further the plot for a few rather unimportant moments view spoiler Vivian, Marion s sister, is brutally and gruesomely murdered by Robin s brother, Edmond Marion and Robin both come upon the scene shortly after it occurs, and it is the reason apparently that Robin joins the Crusades The reason he and Marion have a bad history But after the initial build up and shocking reveal of this event that seemed so very important before well, the book and the characters stop caring about Vivian s murder the moment the shock value reveal is over She no longer matters It seems as if she existed primarily to give Robin a reason to leave and go to war, and after that, this terrible thing that happened to two of our main characters is no longer important hide spoiler I am not a fan of women getting hurt just to further a man s plot, especially when the event and the woman is soon forgotten after.2 view spoiler And especially when the murderer is mentally disabled or mentally ill and the story equates that with the reason he killed her hide spoiler This book has a problem with mental illness and mental disabilities We see two characters who are neurodiverse in some way Edmond Robin s brother and Gilbert of the White Hand one of the outlaws Both of these men are mentally disabled or mentally ill in some way We are told that Edmond s mind has been touched and that it makes him act differently Gilbert is given a brief chapter from his perspective and his third person narrative is told very differently Both Gilbert and Edmond have one thing in common The way their brains work is directly blamed for the extreme violence they exhibit This kind of affiliation is not okay I should also mention that Edmond conveniently disappears after the story doesn t have a use for him any, and is completely forgotten, existing only as a plot device in Robin s past We never find out what happened to him Both of these issues brought my overall opinion down to a 3.5, saved from a 2.5 only because I genuinely enjoyed the beginning, and the first half of this book was otherwise a lot of fun Enjoyable to read And then I read the end view spoiler I have had enough of shock value murder in this book It is not charming, it does not make a good story Increasing the number of murdered main characters does not make a book better Particularly murders with paper thin reasoning behind them hide spoiler Not all endings have to be feel good, but this one barely felt like an ending So that brought my rating down to a solid 2 My interest and enjoyment of the story continually dropped with each chapter, and rather than relishing the end of a good book, I found I was glad to escape a rather unenjoyable book

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10 thoughts on “Nottingham

  1. Nick Borrelli Nick Borrelli says:

    As with the King Arthur legend, there have also been endless retellings of the story of Robin Hood One of my favorites of these is the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead which came at the tale from a purely historical context, minus the glamorous and mythical elements So when I received a copy of NOTTINGHAM by Nathan Makaryk from the publisher Tor Forge and read the inside sleeve, I wasthan curious to find out how this book would stack up in comparison.The story begins in a very famil As with the King Arthur legend, there have also been endless retellings of the story of Robin Hood One of my favorites of these is the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead which came at the tale from a purely historical context, minus the glamorous and mythical elements So when I received a copy of NOTTINGHAM by Nathan Makaryk from the publisher Tor Forge and read the inside sleeve, I wasthan curious to find out how this book would stack up in comparison.The story begins in a very familiar way, in England circa 1191 King Richard is off fighting the Crusades and the Sheriff of Nottingham is busy levelling crippling taxes on the already impoverished citizens in a desperate effort to fund the war However, things aren t going so well and when the production and flow of weapons begins to dwindle to a mere trickle, Robin of Locksley travels back to Nottingham with his partner in arms William de Wendenal to find out exactly what is going on What he finds is instability and a pocket of resistance that are in need of direction and a leader.As events begin to unfold in earnest, we are introduced to a number of familiar characters as well as numerous characters who we may not know so well, yet are major viewpoint characters in the story This is the true strength of this book as Makaryk adds much to this timeless story by showing how the non stars of the show are impacted by what is taking place and relays their feelings through various alternating viewpoints It really is an interesting way to handle the legend and something that made the book so muchenjoyable in my opinion Yes Robin Hood is still a major character and player, but he almost takes a backseat at times to the other characters that Makaryk has focused his attention on.I thought that NOTTINGHAM was such a refreshing take on the Robin Hood mythos Rather than relying on the usual story that we ve read and seen a thousand times as the basis for his story, Makaryk takes a daring risk that pays off incredibly well in the end One of my favorite aspects of NOTTINGHAM was reading about characters who I thought I had a firm handle on, and then seeing them portrayed in an entirely different way than I was used to or expecting He constantly kept me on my toes and I literally did not know what to expect from page to page There s a subtle twisting of each character s personality and motivations that creates a whole new angle for the story and gives you an alternate possibility for how it actually could have gone.I read a review that said something like I just can t ever picture Robin Hood at that time in history saying something like well damn I normally don t critique other reviews but this entirely misses the point in my opinion Part of what makes this retelling so great and original is that Makaryk infuses a healthy amount of modern language and humor in it I liken it to the way that director Baz Luhrmann will take a period piece story and spice it up with some modern flair just not quite to the extent and the liberties that Baz takes obviously All of this in combination makes NOTTINGHAM a beautifully written book that nobody should miss in my opinionIf you are looking for a fresh take on the legendary story of Robin Hood and his band of merry thieves, then you should rush out and grab a copy of this book now It s a wonderful story that entertains in the way that the classic tale does, but also challenges your assumptions and gives you an entirely new story to wrap your head around I recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a cracking good read to begin the New Year

  2. K.A. Doore K.A. Doore says:

    It s taken me a while to write this review because this book was just so good All I could think of was wow, this is exactly how excited I got when I read Game of Thrones way back when But you know, everybody comps everything to GoT, right So I tried to think of another clever way to put it How do I describe a book that has such clever turns of phrase that constantly had me reading whole passages aloud just to delight in the pure Englishness of it all How do I describe the multitude of vi It s taken me a while to write this review because this book was just so good All I could think of was wow, this is exactly how excited I got when I read Game of Thrones way back when But you know, everybody comps everything to GoT, right So I tried to think of another clever way to put it How do I describe a book that has such clever turns of phrase that constantly had me reading whole passages aloud just to delight in the pure Englishness of it all How do I describe the multitude of viewpoints, each distinct, each nuanced, each convincing you that they alone are Correct until you get to the next chapter How do I describe the twisty turny plot, at times obvious, at times completely unexpected How do I describe the familiar yet fresh takes on Little John, on Marion, on the Sheriff, on Robin How do I even begin to describe that ending Yes, okay, fine Nottingham s like reading Game of Thrones for the first time, back in the 90s, before jaded and grimdark were the Next Cool Things Except it s a leap beyond that, a whole hundred league step that will hopefully drag the genre kicking and screaming along with it, because it s dark, yes, but it s also full of hope and light and resilience There s no rape There s no gratuitous violence I mean there s violence, yes, of course, but you never get the feeling that Makaryk is rubbing it in your face Walking Dead style.But there are the goddamned consequences

  3. Katherine Riley Katherine Riley says:

    Do you know the story of Robin Hood Of course you do But what exactly do you know He s a man in a hood, a charming thief who steals from the wealthy and gives to the poor There s a maiden who helps him, some merry men An evil sheriff who tries to stop them.Possibly you don t remember muchBut even if you do, even if can you remember the movie s in photographic detail, Nottingham will still prove you know nothing Nottingham s story goes so deep and wide that all of those images becom Do you know the story of Robin Hood Of course you do But what exactly do you know He s a man in a hood, a charming thief who steals from the wealthy and gives to the poor There s a maiden who helps him, some merry men An evil sheriff who tries to stop them.Possibly you don t remember muchBut even if you do, even if can you remember the movie s in photographic detail, Nottingham will still prove you know nothing Nottingham s story goes so deep and wide that all of those images become like buoys, floating for a moment on the surface of your mind before you go under again Nottingham investigates not only what these most basic and lingering elements of the story actually represent, but how they can exist at all And driving it all, make no mistake, is a heady and exciting ride

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    UPDATE When I first read The Mists of Avalon awfulness of MZB aside , it was a transformative experience because it was the story I thought needed to be told That s exactly what Nottingham is to the Robin Hood legacy And the way that Nathan Makaryk writes is clever, cutting, and just plain gorgeous There are some elements you never saw coming no spoilers here , but everything is exactly as it should be This is one of those special books It s not one you borrow, it s one you keep on your UPDATE When I first read The Mists of Avalon awfulness of MZB aside , it was a transformative experience because it was the story I thought needed to be told That s exactly what Nottingham is to the Robin Hood legacy And the way that Nathan Makaryk writes is clever, cutting, and just plain gorgeous There are some elements you never saw coming no spoilers here , but everything is exactly as it should be This is one of those special books It s not one you borrow, it s one you keep on your shelf forever._________________________________I am currently in possession of an ARC of this book, and I m moving at a glacial pace for a very good reason I don t want to miss a word So, while I m reading some other fantastic ARCs on my Kindle, this one sits on my nightstand so that I can wrap myself up in it at night.The thing is, I m normally all about plot and story But this book brings together everything I love about books a great story, clever prose, and a humor that I can only define as refreshingly surprising I keep finding myself going wait, what Yep, that s what I thought that said So instead of reading furiously to find out what happens next, I m along for the gruesome, gorgeous, and frequently hilarious ride I ve even stopped picturing the characters as foxes So, I m tossing this review up just shy of the halfway mark because everyone needs this book on their shelves I ll update this review if I ever bring myself to finish

  5. Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance says:

    I FINISHED IT This novel was a bear of a read and masterfully constructed Absolutely brilliantly written, though I didn t enjoy the entire ride of the book, admittedly Neither a fan in particular of Robin Hood stories as such, nor clueless or uninterested, I picked his novel up because I needed a change in my reading pace something meaty to chew on per se, and this was eyeing me from the shelves utterly intriguingly Right away, only a few pages into it, I knew I had found what I was look I FINISHED IT This novel was a bear of a read and masterfully constructed Absolutely brilliantly written, though I didn t enjoy the entire ride of the book, admittedly Neither a fan in particular of Robin Hood stories as such, nor clueless or uninterested, I picked his novel up because I needed a change in my reading pace something meaty to chew on per se, and this was eyeing me from the shelves utterly intriguingly Right away, only a few pages into it, I knew I had found what I was looking for The story begins with King Richard during the third crusade in 1191 at the port city of Acre, pressing in on Saladin Sharp with deceit and intrigue, this novel starts very strong, full of wordplay and the promise of a captivating, intense plot In the meantime, back home in Nottingham, the funding of the crusade has taken a toll on infrastructure and the citizens are impoverished When the trickle of war supplies runs low to King Richards army, Robin of Locksley is sent back from the front lines to investigate what could be the cause Many of the familiar tropes and parts of the tales of Robin Hood take place in the overall story of this novel, but the presentation by Makaryk is one examined under the microscope in this most detailed and very heavily character driven novel This is an amazing feat and there is so much detail to take in, that I wonder how it is possible to plan such an undertaking and master it with consistency as well as it was done Though this speaks for such utter brilliance, it doesn t come without a drawback, and that is, that the novel felt rather long in many parts What I did enjoy were the POV s of the different characters A whole handful of a mixed cast, from the knifing ones to the good apples in the lot, their viewpoints and moments to shine brought a different dynamic to the table then a sole focus on Robin Hood himself The rotation in characters turned the cogs of the plot unbeknown by others and at their own volition While communication during this time wasn t what it is today, much speculation on the characters part made for the perfect scenes of misunderstandings, misgivings, backstabberies, and individual triumphs and losses There is much to love about this in depth look at Robin Hood, the legendary heroic outlaw originally depicted in English folklore, though I did not really fall in love with any of the characters The left brained me was trying hard to grasp for something loveable or heartwrenching in the story and all I found was the brilliance in writing, but not a deep connection to the characters despite the mounts of trials and tribulations There were so many clever moments, even some heartfelt things in there like loss or young love, but nothing deviated to stir my emotions far to either side of a linear path.After all, this is a brilliant, detailed novel not to be missed Just know, it takes time and requires patience The payoff lies in the amazing craft on how it all comes together in the end while keeping the reader on their toes along the entirety of the novel navigating through the maze of the Sherwood Forest and the political intrigue I definitely recommend this novel if you enjoy historical fiction and character driven plots rich in detail Happy Reading More of my reviews here Through Novel Time Distance

  6. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    A wonderful retelling of the Robin Hood story that really captivates It tells the story of Robin Hood in a fresh and modern way that really seems closer to the truth than other stories I like the story of the three women featured in this A very interesting story that kept me interested fro beginning to end Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

  7. Jackie Jackie says:

    I just cannot finish this book I m not sure what it is about it, but every time i pick it up, i want to be doing or thinking about anything else Part of what i think has happened is that the author has focused on showing the good and bad sides of each character, so there s no one to root for I can t connect with anyone, because everyone is kind of an asshole I can t quite keep up with what they re doing or scheming either There are a lot of perspectives to keep track of, and i just don t wa I just cannot finish this book I m not sure what it is about it, but every time i pick it up, i want to be doing or thinking about anything else Part of what i think has happened is that the author has focused on showing the good and bad sides of each character, so there s no one to root for I can t connect with anyone, because everyone is kind of an asshole I can t quite keep up with what they re doing or scheming either There are a lot of perspectives to keep track of, and i just don t want to any

  8. Emily Emily says:

    Can someone please advise if this book leanstowards Lady of the Forest or Hood Inquiring minds need to know Can someone please advise if this book leanstowards Lady of the Forest or Hood Inquiring minds need to know

  9. Anthony Anthony says:

    1st book of the new decade, finished Nottingham, by Nathan Makaryk, is the best Robin Hood story I ve ever read although it is my first Robin Hood read Makaryk took an old, legendary story that s already been retold in numerous formats, and turned it into a realistic historical fiction This wasof a tragedy, than anything else Unlike any other Robin Hood tale, there was no real bad guy That s what made this so fascinating It was told through multiple perspectives, and each one ha 1st book of the new decade, finished Nottingham, by Nathan Makaryk, is the best Robin Hood story I ve ever read although it is my first Robin Hood read Makaryk took an old, legendary story that s already been retold in numerous formats, and turned it into a realistic historical fiction This wasof a tragedy, than anything else Unlike any other Robin Hood tale, there was no real bad guy That s what made this so fascinating It was told through multiple perspectives, and each one had their own reasons and motives for their actions, all for the sake of creating peace and helping the people of England We all thought the Sheriff was evil, but in this he was quite likable As Makaryk says in his Author s Note, he wanted to create a good vs good vs good And I feel that he pulled it off I love the sense of humor throughout the book It had me laughing frequently, especially when we got to Prince John What a shithead he was, but still a fun character

  10. Emily Joy Emily Joy says:

    Well I have a lot of thoughts This review contains pretty important spoilers They are safe in desktop mode, but app users beware This book had many things that I liked and enjoyed It s told from multiple perspectives, and about half of the POVs were women As a story, Robin Hood lore traditionally has very few women, and I always appreciate the addition ofwomen to even out the cast of male characters.Something that surprised me while I was reading this book was how the storytelling an Well I have a lot of thoughts This review contains pretty important spoilers They are safe in desktop mode, but app users beware This book had many things that I liked and enjoyed It s told from multiple perspectives, and about half of the POVs were women As a story, Robin Hood lore traditionally has very few women, and I always appreciate the addition ofwomen to even out the cast of male characters.Something that surprised me while I was reading this book was how the storytelling and dialogue had a distinct sense of modern humor While that would usually annoy me, I could immediately tell that it was done intentionally, and the research and attention to other historical details evened it out, and I found that I didn t mind it at all.I know that this book is meant to be a deconstruction of the Robin Hood lore, and that s not necessarily a bad thing, but I did find a bit abrasive and obviously done At times it felt like the book was openly mocking the traditional story, and it didn t subtly feel wrapped up on in the story It felt broadcast in bright electric letters I read this book because I like Robin Hood, and because I really enjoy the story as it is, even if it might be flawed in some areas In Nottingham characters openly laugh at the idea of hosting an archery tournament as a trap, repeatedly emphasizing how stupid it is And sure, in the world of this particular book, an archery tournament doesn t fit the story But why bring it up just to repeatedly laugh at it This happens with several other classic scenes from the legend Robin Hood as a story has developed over time and is designed to be changed in each retelling, and changing it up is fine It doesn t have to be the same as before, but there s no reason to laugh at it just for the sake of laughing.I had two major problems with this book, outside of its Robin Hood content.1 There is a past event that involves truly brutal violence towards a woman This event, should haveimpact and effect the current story , but it doesn t and instead is used only to further the plot for a few rather unimportant moments view spoiler Vivian, Marion s sister, is brutally and gruesomely murdered by Robin s brother, Edmond Marion and Robin both come upon the scene shortly after it occurs, and it is the reason apparently that Robin joins the Crusades The reason he and Marion have a bad history But after the initial build up and shocking reveal of this event that seemed so very important before well, the book and the characters stop caring about Vivian s murder the moment the shock value reveal is over She no longer matters It seems as if she existed primarily to give Robin a reason to leave and go to war, and after that, this terrible thing that happened to two of our main characters is no longer important hide spoiler I am not a fan of women getting hurt just to further a man s plot, especially when the event and the woman is soon forgotten after.2 view spoiler And especially when the murderer is mentally disabled or mentally ill and the story equates that with the reason he killed her hide spoiler This book has a problem with mental illness and mental disabilities We see two characters who are neurodiverse in some way Edmond Robin s brother and Gilbert of the White Hand one of the outlaws Both of these men are mentally disabled or mentally ill in some way We are told that Edmond s mind has been touched and that it makes him act differently Gilbert is given a brief chapter from his perspective and his third person narrative is told very differently Both Gilbert and Edmond have one thing in common The way their brains work is directly blamed for the extreme violence they exhibit This kind of affiliation is not okay I should also mention that Edmond conveniently disappears after the story doesn t have a use for him any, and is completely forgotten, existing only as a plot device in Robin s past We never find out what happened to him Both of these issues brought my overall opinion down to a 3.5, saved from a 2.5 only because I genuinely enjoyed the beginning, and the first half of this book was otherwise a lot of fun Enjoyable to read And then I read the end view spoiler I have had enough of shock value murder in this book It is not charming, it does not make a good story Increasing the number of murdered main characters does not make a book better Particularly murders with paper thin reasoning behind them hide spoiler Not all endings have to be feel good, but this one barely felt like an ending So that brought my rating down to a solid 2 My interest and enjoyment of the story continually dropped with each chapter, and rather than relishing the end of a good book, I found I was glad to escape a rather unenjoyable book

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