12 April, 2012

Robin: Lady of Legend By R.M. ArceJaeger Review





Book Description:
What if Robin Hood wasn’t the man you thought him to be—what if he wasn’t a man at all?
Robin of Locksley is young, headstrong, and about to receive the worst birthday present of her life. Still struggling to define herself in a society that believes women are fit for little more than governing a household and bearing children, she balks at her father’s plans for her future, but the consequences of her rebellion prove deadly. Hunted by both her father and the Sheriff, Robin is forced to hide her identity and seek refuge as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.
Disguised as a lad for protection, Robin maintains a careful isolation from the world around her…until she chances upon a young boy being beaten to death by the Sheriff’s soldiers. Her rescue of the youth marks the beginning of her leadership in Sherwood forest and of the unfortunates who seek refuge therein. Robin’s endeavors to provide a life of honor and purpose for her people while aiding the land’s downtrodden win her high esteem, but enrage the Sheriff of Nottingham, who plots a deadly fate for her and her band.
As the Sheriff’s traps close in around her and assassins seek to bring her down, Robin must risk losing love, leadership, and life if she is to save her people and fulfill her destiny as one of history’s greatest heroes.
Alive with adventure and danger, sword fights and heists, hatred and love, Robin: Lady of Legend is the never-before-told tale of the girl who became Robin Hood.
About the Author
R.M. ArceJaeger is an author, publisher, and computer scientist. In 2005, she was named a California Arts Scholar for excellence in Creative Writing, and she possesses a Bachelor of Science Computer Science degree (with distinction) from Harvey Mudd College. She has been writing books since she was five years old, and especially enjoys making her readers rethink classic tales.
ArceJaeger provides freelance eBook formatting, editing, publishing, and website design services, and can be contacted via her website: www.rmarcejaeger.com, or by email at contact@rmarcejaeger.com.
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My Thoughts:
Robin: Lady of Legend is a fun twist to the classic Robin Hood tale, the twist being that Robin is a '"lady". Robin's father, Lord Locksley, has betrothed her to the disliked Sheriff of Nottingham against her wishes. To avoid this she runs away to Sherwood Forest where she lives for a time on her own. She hones her archery skills, learns how to use a sword and other survival skills all disguised as a young man. One day she comes across a young man who she can not seem to get rid of. She is not particularly keen on having anyone else in her camp but she lets him stay and he soon brings men women and children that have been displaced by the Sheriff's men for not being able to pay the exorbitant taxes that are required of them. So along with her merry men, they start robbing from the rich and giving the money to the people that truly need it. I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the Robin Hood story, very refreshing indeed. A very well researched tale that the reader can immerse themselves in. This novel has plenty of adventure, humor and very believable characters. A must read...for the medieval history lover..
I received a review copy of this book from the author and was not monetarily compensated for my review. 


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