Book Review of Maid Marian

Maid Marian
Maid Marian
Author: Elsa Watson
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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"Maid Marian" ~ Elsa Watson

Orphaned and married off at the age of 5, Marian Fitzwater is awakened during the night of her 15th birthday, the day of which she was to move to her husband's castle, to be told that he has just died.

As an unmarried woman with land attached to her name, she is now not only a very desirable catch, but now a pawn in the Queen of England's strategic chess game to supposedly turn all of England to her son, King Richard's favor. The catch is, Marian has no intentions of being married off to the highest bidder.

By seeking out the notorious Robbin Hood of Sherwood Forest to aid her, Marian finds out that she is to be wed to the younger brother of her now late husband, a child several years her junior. However, it is not the man she's worried about, but his power-hungry mother whom she noticed at her first husband's funeral had surprisingly dry eyes...especially considering the mysterious circumstances as to how he died...

Marian pleads to Robbin Hood to help her escape this dreadful marriage contract and save not only herself, but her lands from being snatched up and destroyed.

For as good as it sounded, this book was not all it's cracked up to be. I found the writing style to be tedious at times, and even though I wanted to get to the end of the book to find out what happened, I sort of already knew. The plot was predictable and at times, tiresome. I found it to be a very large "fluff" read, fun but not much substance behind it.

The book is told in first person from Marian's POV, and therefore we get to know surprisingly little about the other characters. Though it was refreshing to hear the story of Robbin Hood from an alternative point of view, it wasn't exceptionally engaging and made me roll my eyes a little at times. It makes me feel like this should have been a kid's book. All you had to do would be to take out the "we made love" sentence and it would have been. Young adults might like it, but adults will get bored quickly.

3 stars.