No surprises in this retelling of the traditional Robin Hood tale, but the characters are full-bodied and real, and McKinley will transport you into the heart of Sherwood Forest for a while. Enjoyable read.
This is a good Robin Hood story, but not a great one. Robin isn't really a hero in this book- just a guy who kind of falls into 'happenings' of the day. He doesn't rub elbows with great people or affect great events, he just kind of floats through the book reacting (instead of being proactive) to whatever happens...
It's an ok read- more of a character study-, but if you're looking for an adventure, I'd look elsewhere.
The highest McKinley books in my tastes are the Beauty ones, followed by Sunshine- or alongside Sunshine. But this book isn't far behind. Good characters, interesting storyline, humor, well played emotional scenes without overdoing it, and well desrcibed action scenes. I let my 11 yr old read this.
On the way to living life according to his own plans, Robin becomes an outlaw instead. He encounters loyal friends and the frustration that comes with arguing with them all the time, lol, and faces one enemy after another as each conflict prepares him for the next one.
Really well done book.
An excellent and believable retelling of Robin Hood, with the talented story telling that can be expected of Mckinley. This Robin is likable because he is so very human, and flawed as such a character should be.
I've read the "original" novel by Pyle, and several adaptations. I've see seen several "Robin Hood" movies and liked the Errol Flynn version best. I approached this book with the feeling that it may not offer much. I was wrong.
I finished it in about 24 hours. It is very different than other book, TV and movie versions, and, in many ways, more realistic.
One interesting aspect of the book was that, even though the characters spoke in modern English, the way they spoke it gave you the feeling that they really did live in the 12th century.