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Robin and the King (Sherwood #2)

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With Sherwood, Godwin launched a two-volume series based on the life and adventures of Robin Hood, retelling the traditional legend in a completely new way. Using the same cast of characters from English history and myth, this book takes up where Sherwood left off, focusing on Robin's later years.
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by William Morrow & Company (first published 1993)
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Impressively atmospheric and consistently enjoyable adaptation of the Robin Hood legend, displaced backwards in time from the commonest interpretation by some six score of years with Robin portrayed herein by Edward Aelredson, the best and the brightest of the native Saxon bucolic thanedom as set against both local Norman intrusion—depicted by Ralf FitzGerald, Vicomte and Sheriff of Nottingham, initially Robin's arch-nemesis (as related in R&TK's prequel, Sherwood) but by the opening pages h ...more
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Having read the first book I found this not quite as satisfying. It was well written with believable characters that have some dimension to them.
What I liked:
Good introduction to the time period. I did not know much about this time 1080-1090s. As I said, good character development.

What I did not like:
I felt that some of the plot concepts did not "work" because they introduced things that were not appropriate for the time period. That might not bother most people but having authentic settings an
Michael S.
Wow. This touching conclusion to a beautiful story was so endearing and touching. I fell in love with Godwin's England and his characters in the first book. I was worried the second book couldn't successfully continue such a poignantly epic story. And it wasn't quite as gripping as the first but it was still brilliant.

These characters, Robin, Will Scatloch, Beorn, Marian, Judith, Edward Jr., Much, Maud, Ralph, and others will stay with me for a long, long time. These people came to life on the
Parke Godwin's writing is wonderful. the author attempts to be historically accurate with richly detailed characters and a feeling for the time and place. Hated it to end!
A continuation of the emotional story begun in Sherwood, Godwin delivers on the original's promise. The writing is superb.

I have to go cry now.

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Parke Godwin was an American writer known for his lyrical yet precise prose style and sardonic humor. He was also known for his novels of legendary figures placed in realistic historical settings; his retelling of the Arthur legend (Firelord in 1980, Beloved Exile in 1984, and The Last Rainbow in 1985) is set in the 5th century during the collapse of the Roman empire, and his reinterpretation of R ...more
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