Book Reviews of Hood (King Raven, Bk 1)

Hood (King Raven, Bk 1)
Hood - King Raven, Bk 1
Author: Stephen R. Lawhead
ISBN-13: 9781595540850
ISBN-10: 1595540857
Publication Date: 9/5/2006
Pages: 512
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: WestBow Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Hood (King Raven, Bk 1) on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I found this to be a well-written exploration of the Robin Hood legend placed in Wales, circa 1080. The story is well-researched and weaves the fictional characters with Welsh Celtic mythology and British history. I'm looking forward to the next book.
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Helpful Score: 3
I haven't finished reading this yet, but it was recommended by a friend. Had to read about 50 pages first to really get into but I am glad that I stuck with it. It wasn't because it was boring, but there are so many English names of people and places that you are trying to figure out who is who, but I plan to continue reading and going onto the 2nd and 3rd book
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Helpful Score: 2
Very good read, a new take on Robin Hood.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wish I could like this book, but in my opinion the plot and character development were almost shockingly shallow. I found myself flipping through entire chapters waiting for something to happen. It is clear the author did his research, and sketched out some basic character points, but there is no sense of urgency to the story line. The characters are -- I guess? -- supposed to be the point, but I didn't feel any of them were developed beyond what everybody knows from every other Robin Hood story.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this series. In fact, I've loved everything I've ever read by SRL. He is always listed as a Christian author, but don't let that throw you off. There is nothing inherently Christian in anything he's written that wouldn't be in any other historical fiction and a lot of pagan stuff. He's one of my faves of all genres.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this retelling, though the it's clearly book one. I don't know much about the history of the story, so I can't say how much of this is plausible. Can't wait to read the next book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Although it was an interesting concept that Robin Hood was actually Welsh, I found the book to be a bit thin on plot. Even if the book was meant for more of a teenage audience, I think the author missed some great opportunities for building suspense and intrigue. Overall, kind of a letdown for me.
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I randomly picked this book up a while back and I am so glad that I did. I've always loved the Robin Hood story and this version is very different from the rest since it is set in Wales instead of England, but it almost works better than the orignal version. The characters are like real people and all of them have postives and negatives about them. All three books in this series are wonderfully done and I hope that you can enjoy them as much as I have.
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Excellent take on the Robin Hood story. I enjoyed the details, like the name variations and setting. I couldn't wait to see how this legendary tale would play out. It was a pretty fast read and, though I wasn't enthralled so much that I couldn't put it down at night, I was captivated throughout the entire book. Very good read.
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This is the Stephen Lawhead we've come to expect. Very Celtic, very Welsh, very fun to read!
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Could not get into it.
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This is Book 1 of The King Raven Trilogy.

Kudos to Stephen Lawhead for taking yet another worn-out legend and breathing brand new life into it. The concept of making an English Robin Hood into the Welsh Rhi Bran y Hud works incredibly well and it makes for interesting, engaging, and fast-paced reading.

As the opening book of the trilogy, this book strikes a good balance between character introduction and conflict. The internal politics of the time are slightly difficult to keep straight (there are a lot of kings, dukes, barons, counts, knights, priests, abbots, bishops, etc to keep up with) and Lawhead does a masterful job of laying bare the social and political trials for the people of this time.

To better understand the context of this era, I would recommend reading the Author's Note "Robin Hood in Wales?" located at the back of the book before you read the book itself. This will not provide any spoilers for the book itself, and will help you to better understand the context of the political and cultural implications of all that the book contains.

While Christian themes are present in this book as well, they are not as prominently displayed in this series as they were in Lawhead's previous works such as The Pendragon Cycle or The Song of Albion Trilogy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and quickly moved on to the next one. I cannot recommend it enough.
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I enjoyed "Hood". It was a refreshing look at Robin Hood.
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Robin Hood in Wales. It works. I enjoyed this book it was a fast read and had many well thought characters. Now to find the second one.
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This is Book 1 of The King Raven Trilogy.

Kudos to Stephen Lawhead for taking yet another worn-out legend and breathing brand new life into it. The concept of making an English Robin Hood into the Welsh Rhi Bran y Hud works incredibly well and it makes for interesting, engaging, and fast-paced reading.

As the opening book of the trilogy, this book strikes a good balance between character introduction and conflict. The internal politics of the time are slightly difficult to keep straight (there are a lot of kings, dukes, barons, counts, knights, priests, abbots, bishops, etc to keep up with) and Lawhead does a masterful job of laying bare the social and political trials for the people of this time.

To better understand the context of this era, I would recommend reading the Author's Note "Robin Hood in Wales?" located at the back of the book before you read the book itself. This will not provide any spoilers for the book itself, and will help you to better understand the context of the political and cultural implications of all that the book contains.

While Christian themes are present in this book as well, they are not as prominently displayed in this series as they were in Lawhead's previous works such as The Pendragon Cycle or The Song of Albion Trilogy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and quickly moved on to the next one. I cannot recommend it enough.
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I did not realize this was a three part series so I was frustrated by how long we spent on the character before he became Robin Hood. I loved the section when he was leading his people in the woods, but there wasn't much of it. I'm not invested enough to get the next volume.
reviewed Hood (King Raven, Bk 1) on + 902 more book reviews
This is Book 1 of The King Raven Trilogy.

Kudos to Stephen Lawhead for taking yet another worn-out legend and breathing brand new life into it. The concept of making an English Robin Hood into the Welsh Rhi Bran y Hud works incredibly well and it makes for interesting, engaging, and fast-paced reading.

As the opening book of the trilogy, this book strikes a good balance between character introduction and conflict. The internal politics of the time are slightly difficult to keep straight (there are a lot of kings, dukes, barons, counts, knights, priests, abbots, bishops, etc to keep up with) and Lawhead does a masterful job of laying bare the social and political trials for the people of this time.

To better understand the context of this era, I would recommend reading the Author's Note "Robin Hood in Wales?" located at the back of the book before you read the book itself. This will not provide any spoilers for the book itself, and will help you to better understand the context of the political and cultural implications of all that the book contains.

While Christian themes are present in this book as well, they are not as prominently displayed in this series as they were in Lawhead's previous works such as The Pendragon Cycle or The Song of Albion Trilogy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and quickly moved on to the next one. I cannot recommend it enough.
reviewed Hood (King Raven, Bk 1) on + 902 more book reviews
This is Book 1 of The King Raven Trilogy.

Kudos to Stephen Lawhead for taking yet another worn-out legend and breathing brand new life into it. The concept of making an English Robin Hood into the Welsh Rhi Bran y Hud works incredibly well and it makes for interesting, engaging, and fast-paced reading.

As the opening book of the trilogy, this book strikes a good balance between character introduction and conflict. The internal politics of the time are slightly difficult to keep straight (there are a lot of kings, dukes, barons, counts, knights, priests, abbots, bishops, etc to keep up with) and Lawhead does a masterful job of laying bare the social and political trials for the people of this time.

To better understand the context of this era, I would recommend reading the Author's Note "Robin Hood in Wales?" located at the back of the book before you read the book itself. This will not provide any spoilers for the book itself, and will help you to better understand the context of the political and cultural implications of all that the book contains.

While Christian themes are present in this book as well, they are not as prominently displayed in this series as they were in Lawhead's previous works such as The Pendragon Cycle or The Song of Albion Trilogy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and quickly moved on to the next one. I cannot recommend it enough.