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Lady of the Forest [Reading] ➷ Lady of the Forest Author Jennifer Roberson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion beg As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion beginsHe is Sir Robery Locksley the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery, betrayal and warShe is Lady Marian of Ravenskeep the proud, defiant knight s daughter who leaves Lady of eBook º her sheltered life behind to join a shadowy band of outlaws who follow no law but their ownRobin Hood and Maid Marian Their love has belonged to legend for centuries, and now it belongs to us all, stunningly brought to life by the masterful pen of a truly gifted storyteller Against a medieval tapestry of color and pageantry, Jennifer Roberson has woven a rich, sweeping tale of a woman whose courage and passion could forever alter the destiny of that mist shrouded land of lore we know in our hearts and see in our dreams.

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  • Paperback
  • 608 pages
  • Lady of the Forest
  • Jennifer Roberson
  • English
  • 15 January 2017
  • 0821748912

About the Author: Jennifer Roberson

Jennifer Roberson has a BS in journalism with extended majors in British history and anthropology Hobbies include showing dogs, and creating mosaic artwork and jewelry She lives in Arizona with a collection of cats and Cardigan Welsh Corgis.



10 thoughts on “Lady of the Forest

  1. Duckie Duckie says:

    It s been ages since I last encountered something so tone deaf to the natural cadence of English Five pages in and I burst out laughing at this The sheriff raised a single eloquent eyebrow Did he teach you that Did he also teach you the sword She knew precisely what he meant, though not long ago she had known nothing at all of hardship or the harsh argot of such men Now she knew, and spoke it, answering him in kind with cool self possession, fully cognizant of what admission could mean T It s been ages since I last encountered something so tone deaf to the natural cadence of English Five pages in and I burst out laughing at this The sheriff raised a single eloquent eyebrow Did he teach you that Did he also teach you the sword She knew precisely what he meant, though not long ago she had known nothing at all of hardship or the harsh argot of such men Now she knew, and spoke it, answering him in kind with cool self possession, fully cognizant of what admission could mean The fleshly sword, yes5 THE FLESHLY SWOOOOOORD Not the most auspicious opening, Roberson, if your heroine is faced with attempted assault and I m sniggering at your hackneyed prose Yet I sallied forth, undaunted, through the twisting byways and knotted paths of Roberson s attempts at syntax, until by the end I was left wondering if she had ever sat through an English class in her lifeGore clotted tusks slashing, trying to rend fragile flesh.Beyond, he heard the hounds, most eloquent in their yearning to answer unreasoning instinct, born and bred the duty trained into them to find and rend the boar87 I assume Roberson s fondness for eloquent is born out of longing for something she will never haveHe had not expected to sleep, but at some point near dawn the enemy Exhaustion had wielded the sword of a Saracen and defeated his attempt to remain awake264 Oooooh, but was it a FLESHLY sword bow chicka bow wowShe had lied to him I am not what you need, she had said, meaning not good enough, too innocent, not able to ease his needs But she was wrong She was what he needed a woman to ease his pain, ease his needs, give him back what he had lost370 So apparently, in the absence of quality psychotherapy services, PTSD can be cured with a good round of boinking Someone should let the VA knowDeLacey stood at an angle to Marian, shoulder turned obliquely.In no way did he indicate the intensity of his anticipation as the moment drew nearer He wanted to shout aloud exultantly, crying his jubilation, because to him it was as gratifying as carnal congress to witness a plan come together415 Now there s an image I ll never get out of my head There were times when I m not even sure Roberson herself knew what she was trying to sayThe alleyway stank of refuse and ordure, damp and slick underfoot, treacherous to a manaccustomed to stone floors beneath a lord s high roof than a ceiling of stars overhead258 Yes, I can see why a man accustomed to stone floors would have difficulties traversing the ceiling of stars overhead cues Lionel RitchieBetter to itch than to die for want of a scratch, thought the sheriff534 Truly, it is better to itch than to die for not scratching the itch Though Roberson will have to explain to me how you couldn t have it both waysThe earl held himself very erect, superficially a younger man, until one looked farther and saw that he was old555 And he was old, except for superficially, where he was a younger man than the older man he actually was Thanks for clearing that up, Roberson.And of course there were moments when I had to wonder which dictionary Roberson was thumbing her way through as she wrote thisThen, as de Pisan waved him on, he crossed into the chamber and came face to face for the first time in his life with Prince John, England s sanguine savior67 I m trying to think of another modern text where sanguine was used to describe a personality and did not mean optimistic Because since that s how we use the word now, that s the first connotation to come to mind A competent writer would be aware of this and would have gone with something like sanguinary, but it seems Roberson didn t want to begrudge her readers a few lexical brainteasers scattered throughout her opusMatilda s eyes were crouched in creasespronounced in her weakness, though her color was mostly restored127 It s couched, Roberson Unless her eyes have actually sprouted limbs and are lying prone behind her wrinkles Which not gonna lie, I would read that novel But seriously vocabularies are like fleshly swords, Roberson No one is impressed with the size when it s laughably clear you don t know how to use itThe sun edged down the sky to dip below the canopied screen of overlapping treetops, filtered now through boughs and branches in a counterpoint of dark and light, a leafy chiaroscuro203 I could comment here on the brilliance of describing a medieval forest using an art form that wasn t invented until 500 years later, but I d rather try my own hand at it instead The sun glinted off the edge of his scimitar like streetlights off the curve of a Mercedes C Class. The thundering clanks of longswords striking chain mail filled his ears like a tumult of a bullet train surging into the station.I think you may be on to something, Roberson But you know, every historical novel has its blips, its tiny anachronisms that tumble through the cracks as you re frantically bolstering the crumbling architecture of your storyline It doesn t mean you re a lousy author, right Surely even the best authors are entitled to at least one mistThe oil lamp cast a wan, ocherous glow, painting the royal pavilion in a chiaroscuro327 Oh

  2. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    Roberson s retelling of the legend of Robin Hood will please all fans of the classic tale It doesn t re imagine or mess with the characters or their motivations the people here are familiar friends and enemies but their story is fleshed out to a grandly epic 600 pages of enjoyment And there s a sequel, too Lady of Sherwood I felt the book was influenced by the original BBC Robin Hood series from the 80 s as well as older version of the stories The books strikes an excellent balan Roberson s retelling of the legend of Robin Hood will please all fans of the classic tale It doesn t re imagine or mess with the characters or their motivations the people here are familiar friends and enemies but their story is fleshed out to a grandly epic 600 pages of enjoyment And there s a sequel, too Lady of Sherwood I felt the book was influenced by the original BBC Robin Hood series from the 80 s as well as older version of the stories The books strikes an excellent balance between realistic and idealized depictions of the people and their times, and between romance and action it s definitely a romantic novel, largely from Marian s point of view as one might guess from the title , but it never gets too bogged down in romance ignore the horrible edition of the book with the embarrassing romance novel cover art

  3. Angie Angie says:

    LADY OF THE FOREST is my second favorite Robin Hood retelling, after The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley I ve talked about Roberson s Sword Dancer saga here before, but her historicals are written in such a markedly different style from her SF F that they deserve their own discussion I also discovered her through this book and will always be glad I picked it up that day, despite how thick it was, and despite the cover featuring Marian s neverending braids Actually, I think it s quite a LADY OF THE FOREST is my second favorite Robin Hood retelling, after The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley I ve talked about Roberson s Sword Dancer saga here before, but her historicals are written in such a markedly different style from her SF F that they deserve their own discussion I also discovered her through this book and will always be glad I picked it up that day, despite how thick it was, and despite the cover featuring Marian s neverending braids Actually, I think it s quite a pretty cover I love the font, the banner style heading, and the general composition But those braidsMarian of Ravenskeep has lost her father Cut down while on Crusade, all she got was a letter informing her of his death No explanation No words of condolence Merely the fact that he is gone And then Robert of Locksley returns home from Crusade Marian attends the lavish homecoming the earl his father throws for him in the hopes that Sir Robert knew of her father and might have some bit of information to give her about how he died The moment they lock eyes, though, she knows it is hopeless The young man she remembers as a solitary, withdrawn youth from her childhood, has grown into a forbidding man with no time for pleasantries No longer the innocent young man she remembers, his eyes are black with shadows Haunted by the atrocities of war, by his years of captivity within Saladin s walls, Robin of Locksley has not one ounce of available energy left to shoulder the burden of a young woman s grief Until her face breaks through the fog of indifference he surrounds himself with and he remembers the promise he made and the message he failed to deliver.Roberson wrote this Robin Hood retelling, for all intents and purposes, as a prequel to the standard tale The subtitle reads, A Novel of Sherwood, and it is apt as the meat of this story follows all the traditional central players as they first meet, find their way to Sherwood, and become the people they need to be to need Robin To want to join him in Sherwood and take their lives in their hands by defying the Sheriff of Nottingham Throughout the story the viewpoint shifts between each and every one of the major players and a few minor ones to boot But Marian s story remains the focus and I will always be fond of it for that fact alone This Marian displays quite a bit of growth from beginning to end She is determined to grow a spine, as she puts it, and I love how she accomplishes her goal And how she and Robin fit so well The Robin of Locksley we meet here is abrittle Robin than you often find He has suffered and fought and killed on behalf of the king he loves and when he is returned to England he has little idea how to act, how to take up the reins of his life again Where he is weak, Marian is strong and vice versa Every character is tweaked a little from theirfamiliar forms in this version and you may be surprised at the treatment of some of the old favorites, including Will Scarlett and Much the miller s son There is honor and betrayal, greed and hope and certainly no shortage of characters to hate But there areto love This is an earthier, much blunter take than many I ve read and the harsh realities of rank, position, gender, and power don t get the glossy treatment But by the end Marian is chock full of spine and Robin is a hero This is a favorite re read of mine I never fail to find it refreshing and perfectly enjoyable Recommended for fans of historical fiction, historical romance, and naturally Robin Hood

  4. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    Authors who care deeply about historical accuracy are often faced with a dilemma to relate documented facts in a cut and dried fashion that quite often harms the story s dramatic potential, or to use history like a crazy quilt, stitching together truthful passages with the fictional ones I have employed the latter methodfrom Roberson s afterword This is an extremely wordy slow moving novel, but ultimately worth the effort If pressed for a succinct analogy, I d call Lady of the ForesAuthors who care deeply about historical accuracy are often faced with a dilemma to relate documented facts in a cut and dried fashion that quite often harms the story s dramatic potential, or to use history like a crazy quilt, stitching together truthful passages with the fictional ones I have employed the latter methodfrom Roberson s afterword This is an extremely wordy slow moving novel, but ultimately worth the effort If pressed for a succinct analogy, I d call Lady of the Forest an unholy love child of the Robin of Sherwood tv series, Batman Begins, romantic angst fest The Dark Lady.Much like the relationship between Eaters of the Dead Beowulf, Lady of the Forest is Roberson s attempt at a plausible prequel behind the generic Robin Hood mythos Taking a leisurely 700 page stroll through a couple weeks of the characters lives, she outlines a possible genesis of their group dynamics individual backstories while trying to account for social strata historical context As with Crichton s interpretation of the Beowulf legend, Roberson theorizes that Robin, Marian, Will, Tuck, the others wouldn t spring to life fully formed so where COULD they come from Unhappy beginnings, that s where lots of death strife mucky ickiness that is the medieval era All these people have experienced Norman abuse to one degree or another it s not a cheery what ho, what ho ballad of merry ol England, all are unjustly accused of being worse than what they are yes, even Will Scarlet whose prickly temper is absolutely dead on Ray Winstone s RoS portrayal PTSD runs rampant, nobody is immuneexcept perhaps Sheriff DeLacey Prince John, but that s nothing new What is new is Robin swearing in Arabic a nasty habit from his time in Holy Land captivity and sawing the legs off wild boar because he saw Marian s father butchered by Saracens Or Will Scarlet murdering four guards with his bare hands after they rape his wife to death Or the Sheriff coldly plotting a fake marriage so he can bang Marian force her into the real deal And what about Robin s guilt that he s not gay can t help his King assuage those oh so important masculine needs, even though Richard desperately wants him to Highly entertaining quandry, that one These are unhappy people trying desperately to make something positive out of a miserable time in history Their primary source i.e Alan of the Dales is an active participant in the novel, like Ibn in Eaters of the Dead, he s aware of the potential in what s unfolding But that doesn t make it any easier to survive when faced with the political agendas, economic strife, daily hazards of the era There s no guarantee of a happy ending even Richard s pardon doesn t mean squat in the long term, though the book manages to end on a somewhat upbeat note I wavered on the rating for this one It s a true 4.5 star book, but ultimately I think it deserves the higher mark While a few scenes bordered on tedious, the characters kept me invested likewise, the melodramatic bits compensated for times when the action fell off The writing style is highly detailed verges on purple prose, but it s not a romance novel I d call it literary fiction with a folkloric panorama It s an impressive piece of derivative fiction, in any case and I scent a healthy dose of Robin of Sherwood fangirling, which is always a good thing

  5. Caroline Caroline says:

    An excellent re telling of the Robin Hood myth, withemphasis on his motivations behind becoming an outlaw rather than the actual acts of stealing Despite what the new cover looks like, this is not a mere romance novel It s a very detailed historical fiction that Jennifer Roberson did a lot of research to make it feel real, and it shows Of course, it s not going to be the exact same Robin Hood myth that people are familiar with, considering there s so many versions of the story floating An excellent re telling of the Robin Hood myth, withemphasis on his motivations behind becoming an outlaw rather than the actual acts of stealing Despite what the new cover looks like, this is not a mere romance novel It s a very detailed historical fiction that Jennifer Roberson did a lot of research to make it feel real, and it shows Of course, it s not going to be the exact same Robin Hood myth that people are familiar with, considering there s so many versions of the story floating around that contradict each other, but she does an excellent job of making a believable version of what really could have happened.The characters are all very well fleshed out, especially Marian who the story mostly seems to focus around it does change perspectives regularly, but overall her voice seems to be the strongest Rather than the stereotypical strong woman most historical fiction stories seem to inject, she actually feels like she could have lived in medieval England, as do all the characters She s a woman trapped by the times, but who does everything in her power to get herself away from the men trying to force her into marriage.Definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially involving medieval England And, of course, those that like a bit of romance to spice up their myths

  6. Krys Krys says:

    Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson is the first of my goalwar this year to read the oldest books on my shelf, or rather, the ones that have been in my life the longest that remain unread I think I purchased this before moving out of my parents home and I have since been living on my own well over a decade Yeah I ve probably owned this book fifteen years It s ostensibly a book about Maid Marion spelled Marian in this version and Robin Hood It centers on Marian in a way that reminds Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson is the first of my goalwar this year to read the oldest books on my shelf, or rather, the ones that have been in my life the longest that remain unread I think I purchased this before moving out of my parents home and I have since been living on my own well over a decade Yeah I ve probably owned this book fifteen years It s ostensibly a book about Maid Marion spelled Marian in this version and Robin Hood It centers on Marian in a way that reminds me of Marion Zimmer Bradley s The Mists of Avalon That said, all the femme centric plot lines in the world couldn t make me get into this book.I actually started this New Year s Eve forgoing the celebrations I promised myself for a night of laze and somewhere along the way I decided that I was over it It s a big book, so that doesn t help The daunting near eight hundred page length of it is largely what kept me from starting it to begin with Not that long length books frighten me, I just hadn t been in the mood for it for fifteen years However, the first hundred pages or near about are devoted to one single night to one party introducing the characters to one ongoing scene where several men fall in love with Maid Marian and decide to make her theirs Blah One scene one unending opening scene I couldn t do it In talking with a writer friend of mine his eyes rolled straight to the back of his head No one can make one hundred page scene work, no matter how of a writer they are Besides that I m not sure I m ready for a Hunchback of Notre Dame styled plot one woman and the four men who want her Hugo did it better, and if I want to read that much pathos and romantic drama I ll pick him up again That s all.First blue book of the new year Done I m annoyed I lugged this around for 15 years 1 out of 5 stars review courtesy of www.bibliopunkkreads.com

  7. Brian Durfee Brian Durfee says:

    How did this book escape my notice for so long I am a fan of Jennifer Roberson and have read most of her other books Truth is, I was aware of this book since it was released in 1992 I really think it was the girly romance cover art that made me balk at reading it But girly romance this is not I compare to Pillars of the Earth or even Game of Thrones for writing style and historical depth A very well written book on Robin Hood And other than Stephen Lawhead s HOOD, this is the only other n How did this book escape my notice for so long I am a fan of Jennifer Roberson and have read most of her other books Truth is, I was aware of this book since it was released in 1992 I really think it was the girly romance cover art that made me balk at reading it But girly romance this is not I compare to Pillars of the Earth or even Game of Thrones for writing style and historical depth A very well written book on Robin Hood And other than Stephen Lawhead s HOOD, this is the only other novel on Robin Hood I have read BTW this Lady of the Forest way better than Lawhead s take Kinda reminds me of the old BBC Showtime series about Robin Hood from the 1980s This was a book I started, not expecting much Fare exceeded my expectations Very Cool I liked the fact that this book deals with Post Traumatic Stressas most of Robin Hoods actions in this novel are a result of the horrors he saw during the crusades Loved that Roberson incorperated all the Robin Hood characters, Little John, Will Scarlett, Much the Miller s Son, Adam Bell, Alan a Dale, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, Sherrif Of Nottingham, Guy of Gisbourne, and a host of others that she just made up invented to round out the story The Sherrif s daughter Eleanore is a personal fave Just outstanding

  8. Regan Walker Regan Walker says:

    An Opus Telling of the Robin Hood Legend, Rich in Historical DetailSet in Nottinghamshire in 1194, at 608 pages, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be and the love story of Sir Robert Robin of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep In the words of the author, it s a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to thefamiliar adventures depicted in novels And so it is.The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail Alan of the Dales, Little Jo An Opus Telling of the Robin Hood Legend, Rich in Historical DetailSet in Nottinghamshire in 1194, at 608 pages, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be and the love story of Sir Robert Robin of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep In the words of the author, it s a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to thefamiliar adventures depicted in novels And so it is.The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail Alan of the Dales, Little John, Friar Tuck, William Scarlet, one handed Wat and the boy, Much, to name some Saxons made outlaw by Norman cruelty, King John s egregious taxes and the Sheriff of Nottingham s justice fed by his selfish ambition Richard the Lionheart, though not a character, is mentioned frequently and motivates the stalwart souls to engage in thievery to raise his ransom.Sir Robert whose mother called him Robin returns from the Crusades as a broken man, plagued by memories of his captivity with the Saracens His father, the Earl of Huntington, has plans for his son to take his place as heir to their castle at Locksley But much has changed in England while Robert was gone and Robert Robin has little desire to live in the castle.Self serving, ambitious Prince John seeks to rein in his brother s sted and William de Lacey, the Sheriff of Nottingham, seekspower and wants Marian in his bed With the death of her father, Marian is now a ward of the Crown and alone at Ravenskeep.Marian begins as a woman too easily manipulated by the conniving Sheriff, but at times shows a backbone as she learns to stand on her own when she is abducted by a murderer Will Scarlet who, with good reason, murdered four Normans and is then rescued by Robin with whom she spends the night in Sherwood Forest She is ruined, no matter that nothing happened.I am a fan of Roberson and loved Lady of the Glen So, I couldn t wait to devour this one It s a bit different and you just need to be ready for that Unlike Lady, this story, though it kept me turning pages, contains a lot of detail, a lot of perspectives every character had one and at times was just a tad repetitive Still, it s superb storytelling and it has Roberson s wonderful characterization and writing.I love her work and this is an exceptional effort The sequel, Lady of Sherwood, is sitting on my to read shelf

  9. Misfit Misfit says:

    A bit of a darker version of the Robin Hood legends 3.5 stars In retelling the standard Robin Hood story, the author took an interesting tact and cast him as tortured from his experiences in the violence of the Crusades, sort of a medieval post traumatic stress disorder Of course, sparks fly when he meets Marian, who the most evil Sheriff of Nottingham also desires No big surprises, and the usual suspects and characters as we re used to in the Robin Hood legends I have to agree with a couple A bit of a darker version of the Robin Hood legends 3.5 stars In retelling the standard Robin Hood story, the author took an interesting tact and cast him as tortured from his experiences in the violence of the Crusades, sort of a medieval post traumatic stress disorder Of course, sparks fly when he meets Marian, who the most evil Sheriff of Nottingham also desires No big surprises, and the usual suspects and characters as we re used to in the Robin Hood legends I have to agree with a couple of other reviewers who found the author s constantly changing viewpoints in every chapter distracting, as it did affect the flow of the story line I also agree with another reviewer who found Marian having to constantly pick up her kirtle when they were walking through the forest and Robin s always raising his loquacious eyebrows got to be a bit old after a while Where was the editor And what was with a knight who served alongside Richard The Lionheart doing having to have Marion jump in and save him again and again Also, the darker tone the author took with Robin s experiences in the Crusades affected his way with the merry men who weren t quite as merry as you see in other versions of this legend All in all with those minor quibbles aside an entertaining, interesting read I had a hard time putting it down until the end, but not one I ll keep on my bookshelf to read again and again, nor is it a book that will stick with me long after I ve returned it to the library Side note, a very entertaining trilogy loosely based on the Robin Hood legends by Marsha Canham is worth looking into Although muchromance oriented, the author s tongue is firmly planted in her cheek throughout the series and is great fun Through a Dark Mist, In the Shadow of Midnight and The Last

  10. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Ever since I read Howard Pyle s Robin Hood story in school just one of many excellent books I read in school , I ve been fascinated with the Robin Hood story This is one of the best retellings of the myth anywhere Jennifer Roberson explores how such a disparate group of individuals could come to form a band of merry men in an age when social distinctions and class ruled one s life and actions As such, it sabout how this group came to steal together then about the actual stealing What Ever since I read Howard Pyle s Robin Hood story in school just one of many excellent books I read in school , I ve been fascinated with the Robin Hood story This is one of the best retellings of the myth anywhere Jennifer Roberson explores how such a disparate group of individuals could come to form a band of merry men in an age when social distinctions and class ruled one s life and actions As such, it sabout how this group came to steal together then about the actual stealing What sets this book apart from the others is the nuanced portrayal of Maid Marian In this story, like every other woman of the age, she is a woman with few options, all options related to the men in her life She has very little control of her own life and her outlook and attitudes reflect the time What is interesting is the believable way in which Roberson makes Maid Marian become , someone who takes and active part in her own life and comes to believe that she has the right to do so.This book was so great it took up most of my weekend

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10 thoughts on “Lady of the Forest

  1. Duckie Duckie says:

    It s been ages since I last encountered something so tone deaf to the natural cadence of English Five pages in and I burst out laughing at this The sheriff raised a single eloquent eyebrow Did he teach you that Did he also teach you the sword She knew precisely what he meant, though not long ago she had known nothing at all of hardship or the harsh argot of such men Now she knew, and spoke it, answering him in kind with cool self possession, fully cognizant of what admission could mean T It s been ages since I last encountered something so tone deaf to the natural cadence of English Five pages in and I burst out laughing at this The sheriff raised a single eloquent eyebrow Did he teach you that Did he also teach you the sword She knew precisely what he meant, though not long ago she had known nothing at all of hardship or the harsh argot of such men Now she knew, and spoke it, answering him in kind with cool self possession, fully cognizant of what admission could mean The fleshly sword, yes5 THE FLESHLY SWOOOOOORD Not the most auspicious opening, Roberson, if your heroine is faced with attempted assault and I m sniggering at your hackneyed prose Yet I sallied forth, undaunted, through the twisting byways and knotted paths of Roberson s attempts at syntax, until by the end I was left wondering if she had ever sat through an English class in her lifeGore clotted tusks slashing, trying to rend fragile flesh.Beyond, he heard the hounds, most eloquent in their yearning to answer unreasoning instinct, born and bred the duty trained into them to find and rend the boar87 I assume Roberson s fondness for eloquent is born out of longing for something she will never haveHe had not expected to sleep, but at some point near dawn the enemy Exhaustion had wielded the sword of a Saracen and defeated his attempt to remain awake264 Oooooh, but was it a FLESHLY sword bow chicka bow wowShe had lied to him I am not what you need, she had said, meaning not good enough, too innocent, not able to ease his needs But she was wrong She was what he needed a woman to ease his pain, ease his needs, give him back what he had lost370 So apparently, in the absence of quality psychotherapy services, PTSD can be cured with a good round of boinking Someone should let the VA knowDeLacey stood at an angle to Marian, shoulder turned obliquely.In no way did he indicate the intensity of his anticipation as the moment drew nearer He wanted to shout aloud exultantly, crying his jubilation, because to him it was as gratifying as carnal congress to witness a plan come together415 Now there s an image I ll never get out of my head There were times when I m not even sure Roberson herself knew what she was trying to sayThe alleyway stank of refuse and ordure, damp and slick underfoot, treacherous to a manaccustomed to stone floors beneath a lord s high roof than a ceiling of stars overhead258 Yes, I can see why a man accustomed to stone floors would have difficulties traversing the ceiling of stars overhead cues Lionel RitchieBetter to itch than to die for want of a scratch, thought the sheriff534 Truly, it is better to itch than to die for not scratching the itch Though Roberson will have to explain to me how you couldn t have it both waysThe earl held himself very erect, superficially a younger man, until one looked farther and saw that he was old555 And he was old, except for superficially, where he was a younger man than the older man he actually was Thanks for clearing that up, Roberson.And of course there were moments when I had to wonder which dictionary Roberson was thumbing her way through as she wrote thisThen, as de Pisan waved him on, he crossed into the chamber and came face to face for the first time in his life with Prince John, England s sanguine savior67 I m trying to think of another modern text where sanguine was used to describe a personality and did not mean optimistic Because since that s how we use the word now, that s the first connotation to come to mind A competent writer would be aware of this and would have gone with something like sanguinary, but it seems Roberson didn t want to begrudge her readers a few lexical brainteasers scattered throughout her opusMatilda s eyes were crouched in creasespronounced in her weakness, though her color was mostly restored127 It s couched, Roberson Unless her eyes have actually sprouted limbs and are lying prone behind her wrinkles Which not gonna lie, I would read that novel But seriously vocabularies are like fleshly swords, Roberson No one is impressed with the size when it s laughably clear you don t know how to use itThe sun edged down the sky to dip below the canopied screen of overlapping treetops, filtered now through boughs and branches in a counterpoint of dark and light, a leafy chiaroscuro203 I could comment here on the brilliance of describing a medieval forest using an art form that wasn t invented until 500 years later, but I d rather try my own hand at it instead The sun glinted off the edge of his scimitar like streetlights off the curve of a Mercedes C Class. The thundering clanks of longswords striking chain mail filled his ears like a tumult of a bullet train surging into the station.I think you may be on to something, Roberson But you know, every historical novel has its blips, its tiny anachronisms that tumble through the cracks as you re frantically bolstering the crumbling architecture of your storyline It doesn t mean you re a lousy author, right Surely even the best authors are entitled to at least one mistThe oil lamp cast a wan, ocherous glow, painting the royal pavilion in a chiaroscuro327 Oh

  2. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    Roberson s retelling of the legend of Robin Hood will please all fans of the classic tale It doesn t re imagine or mess with the characters or their motivations the people here are familiar friends and enemies but their story is fleshed out to a grandly epic 600 pages of enjoyment And there s a sequel, too Lady of Sherwood I felt the book was influenced by the original BBC Robin Hood series from the 80 s as well as older version of the stories The books strikes an excellent balan Roberson s retelling of the legend of Robin Hood will please all fans of the classic tale It doesn t re imagine or mess with the characters or their motivations the people here are familiar friends and enemies but their story is fleshed out to a grandly epic 600 pages of enjoyment And there s a sequel, too Lady of Sherwood I felt the book was influenced by the original BBC Robin Hood series from the 80 s as well as older version of the stories The books strikes an excellent balance between realistic and idealized depictions of the people and their times, and between romance and action it s definitely a romantic novel, largely from Marian s point of view as one might guess from the title , but it never gets too bogged down in romance ignore the horrible edition of the book with the embarrassing romance novel cover art

  3. Angie Angie says:

    LADY OF THE FOREST is my second favorite Robin Hood retelling, after The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley I ve talked about Roberson s Sword Dancer saga here before, but her historicals are written in such a markedly different style from her SF F that they deserve their own discussion I also discovered her through this book and will always be glad I picked it up that day, despite how thick it was, and despite the cover featuring Marian s neverending braids Actually, I think it s quite a LADY OF THE FOREST is my second favorite Robin Hood retelling, after The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley I ve talked about Roberson s Sword Dancer saga here before, but her historicals are written in such a markedly different style from her SF F that they deserve their own discussion I also discovered her through this book and will always be glad I picked it up that day, despite how thick it was, and despite the cover featuring Marian s neverending braids Actually, I think it s quite a pretty cover I love the font, the banner style heading, and the general composition But those braidsMarian of Ravenskeep has lost her father Cut down while on Crusade, all she got was a letter informing her of his death No explanation No words of condolence Merely the fact that he is gone And then Robert of Locksley returns home from Crusade Marian attends the lavish homecoming the earl his father throws for him in the hopes that Sir Robert knew of her father and might have some bit of information to give her about how he died The moment they lock eyes, though, she knows it is hopeless The young man she remembers as a solitary, withdrawn youth from her childhood, has grown into a forbidding man with no time for pleasantries No longer the innocent young man she remembers, his eyes are black with shadows Haunted by the atrocities of war, by his years of captivity within Saladin s walls, Robin of Locksley has not one ounce of available energy left to shoulder the burden of a young woman s grief Until her face breaks through the fog of indifference he surrounds himself with and he remembers the promise he made and the message he failed to deliver.Roberson wrote this Robin Hood retelling, for all intents and purposes, as a prequel to the standard tale The subtitle reads, A Novel of Sherwood, and it is apt as the meat of this story follows all the traditional central players as they first meet, find their way to Sherwood, and become the people they need to be to need Robin To want to join him in Sherwood and take their lives in their hands by defying the Sheriff of Nottingham Throughout the story the viewpoint shifts between each and every one of the major players and a few minor ones to boot But Marian s story remains the focus and I will always be fond of it for that fact alone This Marian displays quite a bit of growth from beginning to end She is determined to grow a spine, as she puts it, and I love how she accomplishes her goal And how she and Robin fit so well The Robin of Locksley we meet here is abrittle Robin than you often find He has suffered and fought and killed on behalf of the king he loves and when he is returned to England he has little idea how to act, how to take up the reins of his life again Where he is weak, Marian is strong and vice versa Every character is tweaked a little from theirfamiliar forms in this version and you may be surprised at the treatment of some of the old favorites, including Will Scarlett and Much the miller s son There is honor and betrayal, greed and hope and certainly no shortage of characters to hate But there areto love This is an earthier, much blunter take than many I ve read and the harsh realities of rank, position, gender, and power don t get the glossy treatment But by the end Marian is chock full of spine and Robin is a hero This is a favorite re read of mine I never fail to find it refreshing and perfectly enjoyable Recommended for fans of historical fiction, historical romance, and naturally Robin Hood

  4. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    Authors who care deeply about historical accuracy are often faced with a dilemma to relate documented facts in a cut and dried fashion that quite often harms the story s dramatic potential, or to use history like a crazy quilt, stitching together truthful passages with the fictional ones I have employed the latter methodfrom Roberson s afterword This is an extremely wordy slow moving novel, but ultimately worth the effort If pressed for a succinct analogy, I d call Lady of the ForesAuthors who care deeply about historical accuracy are often faced with a dilemma to relate documented facts in a cut and dried fashion that quite often harms the story s dramatic potential, or to use history like a crazy quilt, stitching together truthful passages with the fictional ones I have employed the latter methodfrom Roberson s afterword This is an extremely wordy slow moving novel, but ultimately worth the effort If pressed for a succinct analogy, I d call Lady of the Forest an unholy love child of the Robin of Sherwood tv series, Batman Begins, romantic angst fest The Dark Lady.Much like the relationship between Eaters of the Dead Beowulf, Lady of the Forest is Roberson s attempt at a plausible prequel behind the generic Robin Hood mythos Taking a leisurely 700 page stroll through a couple weeks of the characters lives, she outlines a possible genesis of their group dynamics individual backstories while trying to account for social strata historical context As with Crichton s interpretation of the Beowulf legend, Roberson theorizes that Robin, Marian, Will, Tuck, the others wouldn t spring to life fully formed so where COULD they come from Unhappy beginnings, that s where lots of death strife mucky ickiness that is the medieval era All these people have experienced Norman abuse to one degree or another it s not a cheery what ho, what ho ballad of merry ol England, all are unjustly accused of being worse than what they are yes, even Will Scarlet whose prickly temper is absolutely dead on Ray Winstone s RoS portrayal PTSD runs rampant, nobody is immuneexcept perhaps Sheriff DeLacey Prince John, but that s nothing new What is new is Robin swearing in Arabic a nasty habit from his time in Holy Land captivity and sawing the legs off wild boar because he saw Marian s father butchered by Saracens Or Will Scarlet murdering four guards with his bare hands after they rape his wife to death Or the Sheriff coldly plotting a fake marriage so he can bang Marian force her into the real deal And what about Robin s guilt that he s not gay can t help his King assuage those oh so important masculine needs, even though Richard desperately wants him to Highly entertaining quandry, that one These are unhappy people trying desperately to make something positive out of a miserable time in history Their primary source i.e Alan of the Dales is an active participant in the novel, like Ibn in Eaters of the Dead, he s aware of the potential in what s unfolding But that doesn t make it any easier to survive when faced with the political agendas, economic strife, daily hazards of the era There s no guarantee of a happy ending even Richard s pardon doesn t mean squat in the long term, though the book manages to end on a somewhat upbeat note I wavered on the rating for this one It s a true 4.5 star book, but ultimately I think it deserves the higher mark While a few scenes bordered on tedious, the characters kept me invested likewise, the melodramatic bits compensated for times when the action fell off The writing style is highly detailed verges on purple prose, but it s not a romance novel I d call it literary fiction with a folkloric panorama It s an impressive piece of derivative fiction, in any case and I scent a healthy dose of Robin of Sherwood fangirling, which is always a good thing

  5. Caroline Caroline says:

    An excellent re telling of the Robin Hood myth, withemphasis on his motivations behind becoming an outlaw rather than the actual acts of stealing Despite what the new cover looks like, this is not a mere romance novel It s a very detailed historical fiction that Jennifer Roberson did a lot of research to make it feel real, and it shows Of course, it s not going to be the exact same Robin Hood myth that people are familiar with, considering there s so many versions of the story floating An excellent re telling of the Robin Hood myth, withemphasis on his motivations behind becoming an outlaw rather than the actual acts of stealing Despite what the new cover looks like, this is not a mere romance novel It s a very detailed historical fiction that Jennifer Roberson did a lot of research to make it feel real, and it shows Of course, it s not going to be the exact same Robin Hood myth that people are familiar with, considering there s so many versions of the story floating around that contradict each other, but she does an excellent job of making a believable version of what really could have happened.The characters are all very well fleshed out, especially Marian who the story mostly seems to focus around it does change perspectives regularly, but overall her voice seems to be the strongest Rather than the stereotypical strong woman most historical fiction stories seem to inject, she actually feels like she could have lived in medieval England, as do all the characters She s a woman trapped by the times, but who does everything in her power to get herself away from the men trying to force her into marriage.Definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially involving medieval England And, of course, those that like a bit of romance to spice up their myths

  6. Krys Krys says:

    Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson is the first of my goalwar this year to read the oldest books on my shelf, or rather, the ones that have been in my life the longest that remain unread I think I purchased this before moving out of my parents home and I have since been living on my own well over a decade Yeah I ve probably owned this book fifteen years It s ostensibly a book about Maid Marion spelled Marian in this version and Robin Hood It centers on Marian in a way that reminds Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson is the first of my goalwar this year to read the oldest books on my shelf, or rather, the ones that have been in my life the longest that remain unread I think I purchased this before moving out of my parents home and I have since been living on my own well over a decade Yeah I ve probably owned this book fifteen years It s ostensibly a book about Maid Marion spelled Marian in this version and Robin Hood It centers on Marian in a way that reminds me of Marion Zimmer Bradley s The Mists of Avalon That said, all the femme centric plot lines in the world couldn t make me get into this book.I actually started this New Year s Eve forgoing the celebrations I promised myself for a night of laze and somewhere along the way I decided that I was over it It s a big book, so that doesn t help The daunting near eight hundred page length of it is largely what kept me from starting it to begin with Not that long length books frighten me, I just hadn t been in the mood for it for fifteen years However, the first hundred pages or near about are devoted to one single night to one party introducing the characters to one ongoing scene where several men fall in love with Maid Marian and decide to make her theirs Blah One scene one unending opening scene I couldn t do it In talking with a writer friend of mine his eyes rolled straight to the back of his head No one can make one hundred page scene work, no matter how of a writer they are Besides that I m not sure I m ready for a Hunchback of Notre Dame styled plot one woman and the four men who want her Hugo did it better, and if I want to read that much pathos and romantic drama I ll pick him up again That s all.First blue book of the new year Done I m annoyed I lugged this around for 15 years 1 out of 5 stars review courtesy of www.bibliopunkkreads.com

  7. Brian Durfee Brian Durfee says:

    How did this book escape my notice for so long I am a fan of Jennifer Roberson and have read most of her other books Truth is, I was aware of this book since it was released in 1992 I really think it was the girly romance cover art that made me balk at reading it But girly romance this is not I compare to Pillars of the Earth or even Game of Thrones for writing style and historical depth A very well written book on Robin Hood And other than Stephen Lawhead s HOOD, this is the only other n How did this book escape my notice for so long I am a fan of Jennifer Roberson and have read most of her other books Truth is, I was aware of this book since it was released in 1992 I really think it was the girly romance cover art that made me balk at reading it But girly romance this is not I compare to Pillars of the Earth or even Game of Thrones for writing style and historical depth A very well written book on Robin Hood And other than Stephen Lawhead s HOOD, this is the only other novel on Robin Hood I have read BTW this Lady of the Forest way better than Lawhead s take Kinda reminds me of the old BBC Showtime series about Robin Hood from the 1980s This was a book I started, not expecting much Fare exceeded my expectations Very Cool I liked the fact that this book deals with Post Traumatic Stressas most of Robin Hoods actions in this novel are a result of the horrors he saw during the crusades Loved that Roberson incorperated all the Robin Hood characters, Little John, Will Scarlett, Much the Miller s Son, Adam Bell, Alan a Dale, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, Sherrif Of Nottingham, Guy of Gisbourne, and a host of others that she just made up invented to round out the story The Sherrif s daughter Eleanore is a personal fave Just outstanding

  8. Regan Walker Regan Walker says:

    An Opus Telling of the Robin Hood Legend, Rich in Historical DetailSet in Nottinghamshire in 1194, at 608 pages, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be and the love story of Sir Robert Robin of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep In the words of the author, it s a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to thefamiliar adventures depicted in novels And so it is.The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail Alan of the Dales, Little Jo An Opus Telling of the Robin Hood Legend, Rich in Historical DetailSet in Nottinghamshire in 1194, at 608 pages, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be and the love story of Sir Robert Robin of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep In the words of the author, it s a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to thefamiliar adventures depicted in novels And so it is.The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail Alan of the Dales, Little John, Friar Tuck, William Scarlet, one handed Wat and the boy, Much, to name some Saxons made outlaw by Norman cruelty, King John s egregious taxes and the Sheriff of Nottingham s justice fed by his selfish ambition Richard the Lionheart, though not a character, is mentioned frequently and motivates the stalwart souls to engage in thievery to raise his ransom.Sir Robert whose mother called him Robin returns from the Crusades as a broken man, plagued by memories of his captivity with the Saracens His father, the Earl of Huntington, has plans for his son to take his place as heir to their castle at Locksley But much has changed in England while Robert was gone and Robert Robin has little desire to live in the castle.Self serving, ambitious Prince John seeks to rein in his brother s sted and William de Lacey, the Sheriff of Nottingham, seekspower and wants Marian in his bed With the death of her father, Marian is now a ward of the Crown and alone at Ravenskeep.Marian begins as a woman too easily manipulated by the conniving Sheriff, but at times shows a backbone as she learns to stand on her own when she is abducted by a murderer Will Scarlet who, with good reason, murdered four Normans and is then rescued by Robin with whom she spends the night in Sherwood Forest She is ruined, no matter that nothing happened.I am a fan of Roberson and loved Lady of the Glen So, I couldn t wait to devour this one It s a bit different and you just need to be ready for that Unlike Lady, this story, though it kept me turning pages, contains a lot of detail, a lot of perspectives every character had one and at times was just a tad repetitive Still, it s superb storytelling and it has Roberson s wonderful characterization and writing.I love her work and this is an exceptional effort The sequel, Lady of Sherwood, is sitting on my to read shelf

  9. Misfit Misfit says:

    A bit of a darker version of the Robin Hood legends 3.5 stars In retelling the standard Robin Hood story, the author took an interesting tact and cast him as tortured from his experiences in the violence of the Crusades, sort of a medieval post traumatic stress disorder Of course, sparks fly when he meets Marian, who the most evil Sheriff of Nottingham also desires No big surprises, and the usual suspects and characters as we re used to in the Robin Hood legends I have to agree with a couple A bit of a darker version of the Robin Hood legends 3.5 stars In retelling the standard Robin Hood story, the author took an interesting tact and cast him as tortured from his experiences in the violence of the Crusades, sort of a medieval post traumatic stress disorder Of course, sparks fly when he meets Marian, who the most evil Sheriff of Nottingham also desires No big surprises, and the usual suspects and characters as we re used to in the Robin Hood legends I have to agree with a couple of other reviewers who found the author s constantly changing viewpoints in every chapter distracting, as it did affect the flow of the story line I also agree with another reviewer who found Marian having to constantly pick up her kirtle when they were walking through the forest and Robin s always raising his loquacious eyebrows got to be a bit old after a while Where was the editor And what was with a knight who served alongside Richard The Lionheart doing having to have Marion jump in and save him again and again Also, the darker tone the author took with Robin s experiences in the Crusades affected his way with the merry men who weren t quite as merry as you see in other versions of this legend All in all with those minor quibbles aside an entertaining, interesting read I had a hard time putting it down until the end, but not one I ll keep on my bookshelf to read again and again, nor is it a book that will stick with me long after I ve returned it to the library Side note, a very entertaining trilogy loosely based on the Robin Hood legends by Marsha Canham is worth looking into Although muchromance oriented, the author s tongue is firmly planted in her cheek throughout the series and is great fun Through a Dark Mist, In the Shadow of Midnight and The Last

  10. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Ever since I read Howard Pyle s Robin Hood story in school just one of many excellent books I read in school , I ve been fascinated with the Robin Hood story This is one of the best retellings of the myth anywhere Jennifer Roberson explores how such a disparate group of individuals could come to form a band of merry men in an age when social distinctions and class ruled one s life and actions As such, it sabout how this group came to steal together then about the actual stealing What Ever since I read Howard Pyle s Robin Hood story in school just one of many excellent books I read in school , I ve been fascinated with the Robin Hood story This is one of the best retellings of the myth anywhere Jennifer Roberson explores how such a disparate group of individuals could come to form a band of merry men in an age when social distinctions and class ruled one s life and actions As such, it sabout how this group came to steal together then about the actual stealing What sets this book apart from the others is the nuanced portrayal of Maid Marian In this story, like every other woman of the age, she is a woman with few options, all options related to the men in her life She has very little control of her own life and her outlook and attitudes reflect the time What is interesting is the believable way in which Roberson makes Maid Marian become , someone who takes and active part in her own life and comes to believe that she has the right to do so.This book was so great it took up most of my weekend

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