Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian


Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian ❴PDF / Epub❵ ★ Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian Author Kathryn Lasky – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Before she was Maid Marian, she was Matty Matty has been raised to dance well, embroider exquisitely, and marry nobly But when Matty s mother is murdered before her very eyes and her father, a noblema Before she was Maid Marian, she Untold Story eBook ´ was Matty Matty has been raised to dance well, embroider exquisitely, and marry nobly But when Matty s mother is murdered before her very eyes and her father, a nobleman, is reduced to poverty, Matty s life changes As the daughter of Nottingham s most famous falconer, she finds a new destiny in the hawks her father keeps She begins to understand their thoughts and even Hawksmaid: The eBook ½ speak their language The beautiful merlin Marigold becomes Matty s closest winged companion and her fiercest ally It is a treacherous time in England The sheriff of Nottingham is rising to power, and a true king has been kidnapped Determined to fight, Matty s friend Fynn becomes Robin Hood As Maid Marian, Matty joins Fynn and his Merry Men, famously robbing from the rich to give to the poor You thought that you The Untold Story PDF È knew the legend, but this is the untold story Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky soars to magnificent new heights here, giving us a bold tale of bravery and romance.

  • Hardcover
  • 292 pages
  • Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian
  • Kathryn Lasky
  • 04 March 2017
  • 0060000716

About the Author: Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is the American author Untold Story eBook ´ of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga Hoole seriesShe was born June , , and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in MassachusettsBook ,The War of the Ember, is currently the last book in the Ga Hawksmaid: The eBook ½ Hoole series The Rise of a Legend is the th book but is a prequel to the series Lasky has also written Guide Book To The Great Tree and Lost Tales Of Ga Hoole which are companion books.



10 thoughts on “Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

  1. Kara Kara says:

    First, there is something I have to get off my chest that really bugged me There were NO POTATOES in 12th century England Got that THERE WERE NO POTATOES IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE None Nada Not a one No, no, no Robin Hood characters and potatoes never, ever met There were no French fries, no crisps, no chips, no mashed potatoes, no sweet potatoes, no baked potatoes, and if you needed somewhere to hide when there was an attack on the castle going on, there would certainly not have been a bag of First, there is something I have to get off my chest that really bugged me There were NO POTATOES in 12th century England Got that THERE WERE NO POTATOES IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE None Nada Not a one No, no, no Robin Hood characters and potatoes never, ever met There were no French fries, no crisps, no chips, no mashed potatoes, no sweet potatoes, no baked potatoes, and if you needed somewhere to hide when there was an attack on the castle going on, there would certainly not have been a bag of them in your root cellar for your mother to try and stuff you in because there were NO POTATOES OUTSIDE OF SOUTH AMERICA UNTIL THE 16TH CENTURY breeeeeeeeeeeeeatheOk, anyway, moving on.So you know how a teacher especially English teachers can use the same grade as both a punishment and a reward Example you ve got two students in an 11th grade English class, both having just written essays on the fatal flaws of Shakespeare s tragic heroes, and both get C s The girl who has had F s and D s all semester and poured a lot of work into this essay is all smiles and happy and the teacher even writes a compliment on her essay about her improvement The other girl has had all A s that semester and rushes out of the classroom to go cry in the bathroom after reading the teacher s cutting remark about her resting on her laurels underneath the big glaring red C My point is all books I give a single star to are not the same There is a big difference between giving this book 1 star and giving that other Robin Hood book I read recently The Youngest Templar 1 star I am secretly in love with Templar, but must profess extreme loathing due to bad characterization, historical white washing, too many dues ex machinas, and the waste of perfectly good potential But it s still really good, and funny, and entertaining, and there s still hope the to be published third book in the trilogy will be better.This book, however, puts forth a feeble attempt at an average Robin Hood adventure story, assuming that since Marian is presented here in every way, shape, and form of perfect, the reader will love her sigh No, honey, all you ve done now is create a Mary Sue, whom any fangirl worth her salt will instantly seek and destroy Meanwhile, the rest of the outlaws who never actually get outlawed they just all declare themselves outlaws because it, like, sounds sooo cool are presented as growing characters the story spans over several years and yet it always feels like they re just hanging out at the Sherwood Mall Urgh And let s not even get started on the bird talk.So I m not sure if this book is smiling happily or in the bathroom crying, but I did not like it and see no hope for improvement.Quoth Dr Horrible It s not a perfect metaphor

  2. ☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė ☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė says:

    4.5 5I ve reread this book many times and I forgot to put in on Goodreads This book says that it is for 10 and up but I think that it is still okay for young adults looking for a quick read.This book is about Matty who is the daughter of one of the best falconers in their time which is in the 1100 s she was growing up to be a typical young lady until there castle and whole town was attacked by men following orders from Prince John His older brother is line for king but was away so John is try 4.5 5I ve reread this book many times and I forgot to put in on Goodreads This book says that it is for 10 and up but I think that it is still okay for young adults looking for a quick read.This book is about Matty who is the daughter of one of the best falconers in their time which is in the 1100 s she was growing up to be a typical young lady until there castle and whole town was attacked by men following orders from Prince John His older brother is line for king but was away so John is trying to take over as king Matty s mother dies and she is left with her father and a few workers left from the ambush.Her father teaches her everything he knows about falconry and soon she is very good and able to communicate with them like he had never be able to While this is going on, Matty plays with her group of friends led by Robert Woodfynn or who they call Fynn As they all grow up, the boys think that Matty shouldn t hang with them since she is a girl The times are also gettingdangerous with a mystery shadow man and Prince John limiting where they can hunt using his men to patrol She shows them that she is equal or better than them.In the latter half of the book, Ms Lasky shows the characters transformations Along with getting older, Matty becomes Maid Marian and Fynn, Robin Hood Using her hawks, the team try to save the country and get the true king, Prince Robert to rule once again.This book did have a lot of action and it was still entertaining besides it being aimed for a lower age group The mystery of how Robin Hood and the Merry Men should basically save the day and the suspense on the health of some major characters.One of the things that I loved and disliked was the romance It was cool seeing how Ms Lasky perceived Robin Hood and Maid Marian falling in love and it was very cute The one thing that I disliked was that it seemed rushed All of a sudden, Fynn realized that he loved Matty and vice versa I know that there had been some hints that they might be feelingthan just friendship but I feel there could have been something in between.I would definitely recommend this and it is still one of my favorite and most memorable children s book

  3. Jake Rideout Jake Rideout says:

    I am a complete sucker for Robin Hood retellings Ever since I read The Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley, I can t get enough of them This one was so good, different from all the rest but with enough of the familiar elements that I was satisfied Matty is the daughter of an English noble, and when she is a child her home is invaded by the vile Guy of Gisborne In the aftermath of the invasion, Matty finds herself bearingresponsibility than a child should, and she learns to hunt with I am a complete sucker for Robin Hood retellings Ever since I read The Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley, I can t get enough of them This one was so good, different from all the rest but with enough of the familiar elements that I was satisfied Matty is the daughter of an English noble, and when she is a child her home is invaded by the vile Guy of Gisborne In the aftermath of the invasion, Matty finds herself bearingresponsibility than a child should, and she learns to hunt with her father s hawks Soon her band of friends are not satisfied with innocent games in the woods their home is changing under the influence of Prince John and his cronies They decide to do something about it, and Matty becomes Maid Marian, a spy within the household of the Sheriff of Nottingham Naturally, I loved the story itself, but what I really loved was the way that Kathryn Lasky wove so much falconry into the tale It s a subject that I knew almost nothing about, and I didn t feel like the book was trying to cram facts into my head I m curious to see what kids think of this one

  4. Lorraine Lorraine says:

    An intriguing approach to the story of Maid Marian and Robin Hood Of course, I liked this telling as Marian is smart, clever, and a doer This character did not like it one bit when Robin received all the credit, and she made her feelings known Atta girl Kathryn Lasky s Hawksmaid, The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, a YA novel, has Maid Marian aka Marty take the role of a falconer Her family s birds with Marian s guiding hand play a major role in this story as well as Marian doe An intriguing approach to the story of Maid Marian and Robin Hood Of course, I liked this telling as Marian is smart, clever, and a doer This character did not like it one bit when Robin received all the credit, and she made her feelings known Atta girl Kathryn Lasky s Hawksmaid, The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, a YA novel, has Maid Marian aka Marty take the role of a falconer Her family s birds with Marian s guiding hand play a major role in this story as well as Marian does Each chapter has a preamble about how to handle hawks or a merlin Quite inventive, actually Robin and the Merry Men earn an outlaw reputation, but I think Marian is the brains behind it all Light and fun to read 4 stars

  5. Adam Adam says:

    I love Robin Hood I love 12th century medevil books like this I love the author, her writing and her other series So how could I not like this book Absolutely perfect A top ten lister.

  6. Lanie Lanie says:

    the very fact that this piece of dung exsists bothers me this is a slap in the face to robin hood fans, falcons, and men the world over first off, there were NO potatos in england in the middle ages that was just terrible research on everyone s part i can hardly believe the editers allowed it to go unchecked secondly it is not realistic for Matty to suddenly become so great at falconry, arechery, fencing and fighting I m not saying that girls aren t capable of these things of course they the very fact that this piece of dung exsists bothers me this is a slap in the face to robin hood fans, falcons, and men the world over first off, there were NO potatos in england in the middle ages that was just terrible research on everyone s part i can hardly believe the editers allowed it to go unchecked secondly it is not realistic for Matty to suddenly become so great at falconry, arechery, fencing and fighting I m not saying that girls aren t capable of these things of course they are but theses are talents that are built up over years and years of training there is no plausable way for this little girl to become so damn good in as short a time as she did on top of that, the fact that no one was truly making an effort to make her sit in silently in a corner and do needlework is appauling this is the 1100s they were supposed to think that woman were objects so why is a lord teaching his duaghter about falcondry in the first place why are all the merry men allowing her to boss them around someone explain that to me it doesn t make sense Matty is the completely perfect mary jane hero and it pisses me off She can do no wrong she is the mastermind of all Robin Hood s success SHE is oh so brillent and smart and strong and pretty and she can run around in the forest in men s clothes and no one catches on that this is a girl what happened when she started developing breast huh and that brings me to her and Robin s relationship he is a sexist dog one second he s going on about how much better men are than women and saying completely asine things, and within the next few pages, he s flip flopping to being all apologizing and sorry, and how Matty s so great and she forgives him everytime even if when its painfully obvious that the fool s never going to change in the long run plus, their relationship never developed into anythingthan a badly discribed puppy dog love And Matty treats him and all his friends like dogs that she whips about to do her bidding and somehow, no one tries to put the woman in her place like men of the 1100s should have yes, it was wrong of them to treat woman like that, but that was the way they lived she was trying to write a strong heroine, but she really just made a much to perfect idiot All Robin s flip flopping and the fact that NO ONE bothered to really question the fact that a woman was fighting and hunting and being a great war mind is really annoying Why din t her family lock her up or send her to a church or marry her off like they should have that way she could have at least run away to sherwood and then she might have at least had a logical reason to learn to fight and hunt and defend herself.the falcons were just stupid She can talk to them no just no the auther was trying to shove in her stupid obessession witrh birds into a story that didn t need them and it work falondry wasn t even popular durning the time period why didn t matty freak out or wht didn t she blabber about it like the child she is and get burned as a witch the passing of time was impossible to follow and i could never really figure out how old anyone was, which just added to the impossibleness of the love of matty and robin And The NAME CHANGING pointless, confusing crap yes, robin eventually takes on the hood title, but flynn to robin not needed i could keep going on, but it s been a while since i had the displeasure to read this and i don t want to make a bunch of confusing mistakes i do not recommend this to anyone not the middle schoolers it was intended for not for people who like birds and never, never, ever for anyone that loves Robin Hood and all that he stands for P.S they never became outlaws they just declared themselves outlaws that is not how it works they have to defy the sheriff n he makes them wolfheads no one with half a brain would EVER say hey im an outlaw now that s like walking up to the gallows, putting your noose around your neck, and kicking the stool out form under you 1

  7. Andria Potter Andria Potter says:

    A children s fiction story of Maid Marion, this was not at all what I was hoping for it to be, in that while it contained action and plot, it also contained Christianity and praying every few chapters I liked the writing in regards to the Hawks and raising birds in general, and how Matty was a strong girl throughout the story, surviving harsh environments, however I felt the story wasn t quite meant for me, and that younger audiences would definitely appreciate itI appreciated the writin A children s fiction story of Maid Marion, this was not at all what I was hoping for it to be, in that while it contained action and plot, it also contained Christianity and praying every few chapters I liked the writing in regards to the Hawks and raising birds in general, and how Matty was a strong girl throughout the story, surviving harsh environments, however I felt the story wasn t quite meant for me, and that younger audiences would definitely appreciate itI appreciated the writing, and characters, however I doubt that I ll come back to this book again in the future Another book that s been on my TBR shelf for years, I m pleased at finally getting around to reading it, and getting it off the pile at last 3 out of 5 stars

  8. Chrissy Chrissy says:

    I thought this was a super cute retelling of Robin Hood I enjoyed the reading the story from Maid Marian s perspective and the amount of detail Lasky includes from the old legends is lots of fun If you re a fan of any version of Robin Hood or just enjoy fairy tale retellings in general, you ll like this one.

  9. Madelynn Madelynn says:

    Wonderful book I highly recomend it At some points little confused but then read last few sentences that I had accidentally skipped over ta da made sense again I think that this book had just the right amount of drama, romance, nature as in the hawk info, and everything else.

  10. Grace Grace says:

    This book, in general, is vaguely embarrassing, but also not terrible I remember enjoying itas a kid, so I recommend that you read it at or before the age of ten I m not sure how to rate it, since it s better than other books I have given two stars, but worse than books I ve given three stars, so take that with a grain of salt.Matty is the daughter of an impoverished landowner, and a falconer Fynn is her childhood friend, and Robin Hood The book tracks them through a series of time ski This book, in general, is vaguely embarrassing, but also not terrible I remember enjoying itas a kid, so I recommend that you read it at or before the age of ten I m not sure how to rate it, since it s better than other books I have given two stars, but worse than books I ve given three stars, so take that with a grain of salt.Matty is the daughter of an impoverished landowner, and a falconer Fynn is her childhood friend, and Robin Hood The book tracks them through a series of time skips, beginning when Matty is ten years old and finally ending in her late teens There is a lot of falconry, which is fun, and a lot of somewhat poorly described politics, which isn t The main aspects of the book that make me wince are The hawk speak Matty has an almost supernatural ability to speak to birds of prey in their own language, straight up communicating whole sentences through chirps and calls, and to see through their eyes This isn t so bad for most of the book, though it does stretch credulity a little, but then when Matty is captured, she has an entire out of body experience and inhabits the mind of one of her hawks This whole section, with its many hawk conversations, is just weird and makes me cringe The lack of coherency regarding what s going on at all times The band of teen friends decides to go into outlawry full time, and they all just pick pseudonyms and decide they re now outlaws Matty s mission to the sheriff s castle makes no sense She didn t accomplish anything there besides getting in huge trouble and seeing Guy of Gisborne s ring There are just the five of them, but there is also a huge band They re stealing to help others survive, but they re also political activists arranging to ransom King Richard It s all somewhat poorly arranged and not quite believable The last scene at the end One of my biggest Robin Hood pet peeves is an unrealistic scene where King Richard honors someone in a blatantly impossible, never ever would have happened way This particular scene is a twofer because first, he comes out into the woods to her sickbed to look for her How did he even know about her All his mom knows is that a magic hawk delivered the jewels How long did it take him to get back from Germany Has Matty been unconscious for weeks Why is THIS his first priority when first setting foot in England And second, he knights her

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10 thoughts on “Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian

  1. Kara Kara says:

    First, there is something I have to get off my chest that really bugged me There were NO POTATOES in 12th century England Got that THERE WERE NO POTATOES IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE None Nada Not a one No, no, no Robin Hood characters and potatoes never, ever met There were no French fries, no crisps, no chips, no mashed potatoes, no sweet potatoes, no baked potatoes, and if you needed somewhere to hide when there was an attack on the castle going on, there would certainly not have been a bag of First, there is something I have to get off my chest that really bugged me There were NO POTATOES in 12th century England Got that THERE WERE NO POTATOES IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE None Nada Not a one No, no, no Robin Hood characters and potatoes never, ever met There were no French fries, no crisps, no chips, no mashed potatoes, no sweet potatoes, no baked potatoes, and if you needed somewhere to hide when there was an attack on the castle going on, there would certainly not have been a bag of them in your root cellar for your mother to try and stuff you in because there were NO POTATOES OUTSIDE OF SOUTH AMERICA UNTIL THE 16TH CENTURY breeeeeeeeeeeeeatheOk, anyway, moving on.So you know how a teacher especially English teachers can use the same grade as both a punishment and a reward Example you ve got two students in an 11th grade English class, both having just written essays on the fatal flaws of Shakespeare s tragic heroes, and both get C s The girl who has had F s and D s all semester and poured a lot of work into this essay is all smiles and happy and the teacher even writes a compliment on her essay about her improvement The other girl has had all A s that semester and rushes out of the classroom to go cry in the bathroom after reading the teacher s cutting remark about her resting on her laurels underneath the big glaring red C My point is all books I give a single star to are not the same There is a big difference between giving this book 1 star and giving that other Robin Hood book I read recently The Youngest Templar 1 star I am secretly in love with Templar, but must profess extreme loathing due to bad characterization, historical white washing, too many dues ex machinas, and the waste of perfectly good potential But it s still really good, and funny, and entertaining, and there s still hope the to be published third book in the trilogy will be better.This book, however, puts forth a feeble attempt at an average Robin Hood adventure story, assuming that since Marian is presented here in every way, shape, and form of perfect, the reader will love her sigh No, honey, all you ve done now is create a Mary Sue, whom any fangirl worth her salt will instantly seek and destroy Meanwhile, the rest of the outlaws who never actually get outlawed they just all declare themselves outlaws because it, like, sounds sooo cool are presented as growing characters the story spans over several years and yet it always feels like they re just hanging out at the Sherwood Mall Urgh And let s not even get started on the bird talk.So I m not sure if this book is smiling happily or in the bathroom crying, but I did not like it and see no hope for improvement.Quoth Dr Horrible It s not a perfect metaphor

  2. ☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė ☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė says:

    4.5 5I ve reread this book many times and I forgot to put in on Goodreads This book says that it is for 10 and up but I think that it is still okay for young adults looking for a quick read.This book is about Matty who is the daughter of one of the best falconers in their time which is in the 1100 s she was growing up to be a typical young lady until there castle and whole town was attacked by men following orders from Prince John His older brother is line for king but was away so John is try 4.5 5I ve reread this book many times and I forgot to put in on Goodreads This book says that it is for 10 and up but I think that it is still okay for young adults looking for a quick read.This book is about Matty who is the daughter of one of the best falconers in their time which is in the 1100 s she was growing up to be a typical young lady until there castle and whole town was attacked by men following orders from Prince John His older brother is line for king but was away so John is trying to take over as king Matty s mother dies and she is left with her father and a few workers left from the ambush.Her father teaches her everything he knows about falconry and soon she is very good and able to communicate with them like he had never be able to While this is going on, Matty plays with her group of friends led by Robert Woodfynn or who they call Fynn As they all grow up, the boys think that Matty shouldn t hang with them since she is a girl The times are also gettingdangerous with a mystery shadow man and Prince John limiting where they can hunt using his men to patrol She shows them that she is equal or better than them.In the latter half of the book, Ms Lasky shows the characters transformations Along with getting older, Matty becomes Maid Marian and Fynn, Robin Hood Using her hawks, the team try to save the country and get the true king, Prince Robert to rule once again.This book did have a lot of action and it was still entertaining besides it being aimed for a lower age group The mystery of how Robin Hood and the Merry Men should basically save the day and the suspense on the health of some major characters.One of the things that I loved and disliked was the romance It was cool seeing how Ms Lasky perceived Robin Hood and Maid Marian falling in love and it was very cute The one thing that I disliked was that it seemed rushed All of a sudden, Fynn realized that he loved Matty and vice versa I know that there had been some hints that they might be feelingthan just friendship but I feel there could have been something in between.I would definitely recommend this and it is still one of my favorite and most memorable children s book

  3. Jake Rideout Jake Rideout says:

    I am a complete sucker for Robin Hood retellings Ever since I read The Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley, I can t get enough of them This one was so good, different from all the rest but with enough of the familiar elements that I was satisfied Matty is the daughter of an English noble, and when she is a child her home is invaded by the vile Guy of Gisborne In the aftermath of the invasion, Matty finds herself bearingresponsibility than a child should, and she learns to hunt with I am a complete sucker for Robin Hood retellings Ever since I read The Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley, I can t get enough of them This one was so good, different from all the rest but with enough of the familiar elements that I was satisfied Matty is the daughter of an English noble, and when she is a child her home is invaded by the vile Guy of Gisborne In the aftermath of the invasion, Matty finds herself bearingresponsibility than a child should, and she learns to hunt with her father s hawks Soon her band of friends are not satisfied with innocent games in the woods their home is changing under the influence of Prince John and his cronies They decide to do something about it, and Matty becomes Maid Marian, a spy within the household of the Sheriff of Nottingham Naturally, I loved the story itself, but what I really loved was the way that Kathryn Lasky wove so much falconry into the tale It s a subject that I knew almost nothing about, and I didn t feel like the book was trying to cram facts into my head I m curious to see what kids think of this one

  4. Lorraine Lorraine says:

    An intriguing approach to the story of Maid Marian and Robin Hood Of course, I liked this telling as Marian is smart, clever, and a doer This character did not like it one bit when Robin received all the credit, and she made her feelings known Atta girl Kathryn Lasky s Hawksmaid, The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, a YA novel, has Maid Marian aka Marty take the role of a falconer Her family s birds with Marian s guiding hand play a major role in this story as well as Marian doe An intriguing approach to the story of Maid Marian and Robin Hood Of course, I liked this telling as Marian is smart, clever, and a doer This character did not like it one bit when Robin received all the credit, and she made her feelings known Atta girl Kathryn Lasky s Hawksmaid, The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, a YA novel, has Maid Marian aka Marty take the role of a falconer Her family s birds with Marian s guiding hand play a major role in this story as well as Marian does Each chapter has a preamble about how to handle hawks or a merlin Quite inventive, actually Robin and the Merry Men earn an outlaw reputation, but I think Marian is the brains behind it all Light and fun to read 4 stars

  5. Adam Adam says:

    I love Robin Hood I love 12th century medevil books like this I love the author, her writing and her other series So how could I not like this book Absolutely perfect A top ten lister.

  6. Lanie Lanie says:

    the very fact that this piece of dung exsists bothers me this is a slap in the face to robin hood fans, falcons, and men the world over first off, there were NO potatos in england in the middle ages that was just terrible research on everyone s part i can hardly believe the editers allowed it to go unchecked secondly it is not realistic for Matty to suddenly become so great at falconry, arechery, fencing and fighting I m not saying that girls aren t capable of these things of course they the very fact that this piece of dung exsists bothers me this is a slap in the face to robin hood fans, falcons, and men the world over first off, there were NO potatos in england in the middle ages that was just terrible research on everyone s part i can hardly believe the editers allowed it to go unchecked secondly it is not realistic for Matty to suddenly become so great at falconry, arechery, fencing and fighting I m not saying that girls aren t capable of these things of course they are but theses are talents that are built up over years and years of training there is no plausable way for this little girl to become so damn good in as short a time as she did on top of that, the fact that no one was truly making an effort to make her sit in silently in a corner and do needlework is appauling this is the 1100s they were supposed to think that woman were objects so why is a lord teaching his duaghter about falcondry in the first place why are all the merry men allowing her to boss them around someone explain that to me it doesn t make sense Matty is the completely perfect mary jane hero and it pisses me off She can do no wrong she is the mastermind of all Robin Hood s success SHE is oh so brillent and smart and strong and pretty and she can run around in the forest in men s clothes and no one catches on that this is a girl what happened when she started developing breast huh and that brings me to her and Robin s relationship he is a sexist dog one second he s going on about how much better men are than women and saying completely asine things, and within the next few pages, he s flip flopping to being all apologizing and sorry, and how Matty s so great and she forgives him everytime even if when its painfully obvious that the fool s never going to change in the long run plus, their relationship never developed into anythingthan a badly discribed puppy dog love And Matty treats him and all his friends like dogs that she whips about to do her bidding and somehow, no one tries to put the woman in her place like men of the 1100s should have yes, it was wrong of them to treat woman like that, but that was the way they lived she was trying to write a strong heroine, but she really just made a much to perfect idiot All Robin s flip flopping and the fact that NO ONE bothered to really question the fact that a woman was fighting and hunting and being a great war mind is really annoying Why din t her family lock her up or send her to a church or marry her off like they should have that way she could have at least run away to sherwood and then she might have at least had a logical reason to learn to fight and hunt and defend herself.the falcons were just stupid She can talk to them no just no the auther was trying to shove in her stupid obessession witrh birds into a story that didn t need them and it work falondry wasn t even popular durning the time period why didn t matty freak out or wht didn t she blabber about it like the child she is and get burned as a witch the passing of time was impossible to follow and i could never really figure out how old anyone was, which just added to the impossibleness of the love of matty and robin And The NAME CHANGING pointless, confusing crap yes, robin eventually takes on the hood title, but flynn to robin not needed i could keep going on, but it s been a while since i had the displeasure to read this and i don t want to make a bunch of confusing mistakes i do not recommend this to anyone not the middle schoolers it was intended for not for people who like birds and never, never, ever for anyone that loves Robin Hood and all that he stands for P.S they never became outlaws they just declared themselves outlaws that is not how it works they have to defy the sheriff n he makes them wolfheads no one with half a brain would EVER say hey im an outlaw now that s like walking up to the gallows, putting your noose around your neck, and kicking the stool out form under you 1

  7. Andria Potter Andria Potter says:

    A children s fiction story of Maid Marion, this was not at all what I was hoping for it to be, in that while it contained action and plot, it also contained Christianity and praying every few chapters I liked the writing in regards to the Hawks and raising birds in general, and how Matty was a strong girl throughout the story, surviving harsh environments, however I felt the story wasn t quite meant for me, and that younger audiences would definitely appreciate itI appreciated the writin A children s fiction story of Maid Marion, this was not at all what I was hoping for it to be, in that while it contained action and plot, it also contained Christianity and praying every few chapters I liked the writing in regards to the Hawks and raising birds in general, and how Matty was a strong girl throughout the story, surviving harsh environments, however I felt the story wasn t quite meant for me, and that younger audiences would definitely appreciate itI appreciated the writing, and characters, however I doubt that I ll come back to this book again in the future Another book that s been on my TBR shelf for years, I m pleased at finally getting around to reading it, and getting it off the pile at last 3 out of 5 stars

  8. Chrissy Chrissy says:

    I thought this was a super cute retelling of Robin Hood I enjoyed the reading the story from Maid Marian s perspective and the amount of detail Lasky includes from the old legends is lots of fun If you re a fan of any version of Robin Hood or just enjoy fairy tale retellings in general, you ll like this one.

  9. Madelynn Madelynn says:

    Wonderful book I highly recomend it At some points little confused but then read last few sentences that I had accidentally skipped over ta da made sense again I think that this book had just the right amount of drama, romance, nature as in the hawk info, and everything else.

  10. Grace Grace says:

    This book, in general, is vaguely embarrassing, but also not terrible I remember enjoying itas a kid, so I recommend that you read it at or before the age of ten I m not sure how to rate it, since it s better than other books I have given two stars, but worse than books I ve given three stars, so take that with a grain of salt.Matty is the daughter of an impoverished landowner, and a falconer Fynn is her childhood friend, and Robin Hood The book tracks them through a series of time ski This book, in general, is vaguely embarrassing, but also not terrible I remember enjoying itas a kid, so I recommend that you read it at or before the age of ten I m not sure how to rate it, since it s better than other books I have given two stars, but worse than books I ve given three stars, so take that with a grain of salt.Matty is the daughter of an impoverished landowner, and a falconer Fynn is her childhood friend, and Robin Hood The book tracks them through a series of time skips, beginning when Matty is ten years old and finally ending in her late teens There is a lot of falconry, which is fun, and a lot of somewhat poorly described politics, which isn t The main aspects of the book that make me wince are The hawk speak Matty has an almost supernatural ability to speak to birds of prey in their own language, straight up communicating whole sentences through chirps and calls, and to see through their eyes This isn t so bad for most of the book, though it does stretch credulity a little, but then when Matty is captured, she has an entire out of body experience and inhabits the mind of one of her hawks This whole section, with its many hawk conversations, is just weird and makes me cringe The lack of coherency regarding what s going on at all times The band of teen friends decides to go into outlawry full time, and they all just pick pseudonyms and decide they re now outlaws Matty s mission to the sheriff s castle makes no sense She didn t accomplish anything there besides getting in huge trouble and seeing Guy of Gisborne s ring There are just the five of them, but there is also a huge band They re stealing to help others survive, but they re also political activists arranging to ransom King Richard It s all somewhat poorly arranged and not quite believable The last scene at the end One of my biggest Robin Hood pet peeves is an unrealistic scene where King Richard honors someone in a blatantly impossible, never ever would have happened way This particular scene is a twofer because first, he comes out into the woods to her sickbed to look for her How did he even know about her All his mom knows is that a magic hawk delivered the jewels How long did it take him to get back from Germany Has Matty been unconscious for weeks Why is THIS his first priority when first setting foot in England And second, he knights her

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