Book Review: Outlaws of Sherwood

The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
The Outlaws of Sherwood 
by Robin McKinley

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

 

Robin Hood retellings are always a favorite, and this one is no exception. With a new twist on each of the characters in the band of merry men, the story takes on an interesting dynamic, since Robin is actually not a very good archer, and it is Marian who is better known for her skills with the bow. Little John, Alan-a Dale, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Robin’s childhood best friend, Much, all join the Sherwood crew at different times, each with their own story and their own personality.

I love that this book is full of interesting dialogue, hidden meanings behind every glance, and characters with a depth that develops through the changing story. The tale takes so many turns, never changing the basics of the Robin Hood legend, but throwing in new and different details that give it lots of spice.
It was especially fun to see how the rumors and tales of the ‘great’ Robin Hood are circulated through the people of Nottingham, and the “facts” get distorted, so that everyone believes he is a superb archer, a wily woodsman, and a powerful leader. But the Robin that we see in the story is mostly an ordinary individual, running from the law, trusting his friends, and just trying to keep everyone alive through another winter.

I enjoyed this so much!

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