Outlaws of Sherwood


Author: Robin McKinley 

Genre: Adventure/Fiction/Young Adult/Romance 

How did Robin become an outlaw? How did he get his name of Robin Hood? How did all of the other famous outlaws – Little John, Much, Will Scarlet, Alan-a-Dale, Maid Marian – become part of his legendary gang? And how did he become enemies with the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisbourne? And what did King Richard really think of Robin’s lawless activities? 

This book answers all of these questions in the author’s own fictional way. 

The book started out slow, but the pace picked up and I found it very, very enjoyable. I love Robin Hood, and while this book tends to stick closely to the most well-known Robin Hood legends, Robin McKinley breathes life of her own into the story. (Will was my favorite character – I just can’t get into the whole minstrel Alan-a-dale thing). 

The only objectionable content is a few swear words and some mild innuendo (if you’ve seen the BBC Robin Hood series, you’ve about got it). There is plenty of violence, but it is not gratuitous, and the humor kept me laughing the whole way. A highly recommended book for lovers of the Robin Hood legend. 

Ages: 16+ 

4 out of 5 stars

2 responses to “Outlaws of Sherwood

  1. Awesome! I am very interested. After reading Hood and Scarlet, I have fallen in love with Robin Hood based books.

  2. I tried reading this book two or three times and just never got into it. Perhaps I should try again.:)

    Ok, yeah, I TOTALLY agree with you and the whole Allan-as-a-minstrel-thing. Just plain…scary. That’s so not Allan!!:D

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