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King's Man: A Novel of Robin Hood (The Outlaw Chronicles #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  832 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
"A rip-roaring tale...inspired by but not slavish to historical events of the Dark Ages, this book is full of twists and turns...A fast-moving, thoroughly enjoyable yarn." —Kirkus Reviews on King's Man

In 1192 A.D., with the Third Crusade over, Richard the Lionheart is headed back home to England, only to be betrayed, captured, and held for ransom. Now with the princes of E
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Paul Bennett
Jul 22, 2013 Paul Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The farther I go in this series the more I am convinced that Angus Donald's Robin Hood is by far one of the best portrayals of this legendary man I have come across. Couple that with his story telling ability and you have a must read scenario. In this volume, King's Man, Alan Dale finds himself labeled a traitor by seemingly everyone around him from Robin to Prince John to an old lover and even his good friends Marie-Anne and Godifa. Things on the home front at Westbury where Alan is ensconced a ...more
This was a tough book to read... The disfigured girl and the emotions her story evokes are just painful, but at least, the main character realizes how shallow he is... I need to read something fun next, or I will get totally depressed....

"king's Man" has been rated R by the Nerd Association of Lanie for violence, langue, and sexual content. :D

to start off, i'm going to show you all, my 3 or 4 robin hood review followers :D, a few intresting quotes from the book. (i do love mr. donald's writing style. it just fits Alan's uppity musical personality so well!)

"Serving you, my lord, is reward enough, Your fame will last for more than a thousand years. And
Vicky Shirley
The Robin Hood legend has been contained in the realms of historical fiction for almost 200 years. Associated with the reign of King Richard I since John Major's chronicle, and the plays of Anthony Munday, Angus Donald's 'King's Man' - the third novel in his Outlaw Chronicle series - is firmly situated in the post-medieval tradition which first brought England's most celebrated outlaw and the Lionheart together. Like so much of Robin Hood fiction which has become associated with the Plantagenets ...more
Nick Brett
Jul 22, 2011 Nick Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third volume in Angus Donald’s excellent “Outlaw Chronicles” series. The series tells the tale of Robin Hood but from the perspective of Alan-a-Dale, with Robin Hood an important but often absent character. Robin Hood is portrayed as a bit like the Godfather of Sherwood, not to be crossed but very loyal to those who are part of his inner circle. Donald’s Robin is ruthless, cunning and dangerous. Alan Dale is passionate but makes human mistakes and has emotions he sometimes wears on his sleev ...more
Folville's Ghost
What an amazing author Angus Donald is! I found his first book 'Outlaw' in a little indie bookshop and was compelled to subsequently buy the sequels and each one excels the last. There are very few authors I could mention that have had me literally laughing out loud on one page with wit and humour only to have me in tears of shock and awe moments later.

The legendary Robin Hood has been written about so many times, but this author refreshingly puts a new twist to Robin's character, giving him in
Mr. Matt
Dec 10, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy historical fiction so much because I get the best of both worlds: I learn about a period in history that I often know very little about, AND I get to enjoy a good adventurous story. King's Man is no exception. I finished it over the weekend and it was a pure pleasure to read.

The story picks up on the heels of the second book. Robin, Alan and the whole crew are back in England, but Richard, the King, has been taken hostage on his return from the Holy Land. In the ensuing chaos, Prince Joh
Seguimos en el punto medio con esta serie de inspiración histórica, que aborda el personaje de Robin Hood desde una perspectiva que pretende ser más realidad y menos leyenda. Pero ojo a las palabras clave, inspiración y pretensión, porque, como el propio Donald reconoce, él es novelista, no historiador, y aunque la ambientación está muy conseguida, se toma muchas licencias con la Historia y en ocasiones se pasa con la fabulación.

No obstante, es precisamente alguna de esas libertades la que lo re
Apr 03, 2013 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
'Nobody called Roger has ever been less than a full-blooded whoremongering lecher...'

My favourite quote, I enjoyed this book a lot. A good historical fiction novel based on Robin Hood folklore with a nice mixture of action, politics, midnight stealth, assassinations and romance.

It's book 3 in a series but I haven't read any of the others in the series yet, nonetheless it was written in a manner that I could still dive in and enjoy it.
Marcus Pailing
Good fun, although I didn't feel particularly convinced by it all. The author needs to learn how to write more convincingly in the first person (does too much explaining of things that a 12th century writer wouldn't feel he needed to explain), and his recreation of 12th century England wasn't hugely convincing, either. Still, plenty of fun adventure and gritty fight-scenes, so I still liked it.
Nov 04, 2012 Speesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval-england
This is book three of Angus Donald's re-boot of the Robin Hood legend. The year is now 1192, and the good news is, that after taking part in the battles of the Crusades in the Holy Land, Alan Dale and Robin Hood have returned to Merrie Olde England. The bad news is, that their King, Richard the Lionheart, whilst also making his way back home, has been captured by his enemies in Europe and is being held for ransom in a castle in Austria. And back in what is turning out to be a not quite as Merrie ...more
Nov 01, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The outlaw chronicle series just keeps getting better. The character that is Alan Dale develops throughout the books and his bravery and courage really shows in this book. A great read, the best book in the series so far.
Christopher Taylor
Let's see, Robin Hood as a heartless anti-Christian tyrant who sacrifices human beings to pagan gods, and Alan-a-dale, bard, as a tongue-tied man unable to relate to women.

No thanks.
Laure Estep
Dec 05, 2016 Laure Estep rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent plotting and twists here, gripping story. As a writer I gained some insights into effective storytelling there. I especially loved the seamless blending of history, legend and fiction.
*Absorbed in Countless Worlds*
Again, a quick, easy and enjoyable read in the series. Well done, Angus Donald.
Bialey Bialey
A good read, I haven't come across this author before
S.J.A. Turney
May 01, 2012 S.J.A. Turney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Outlaw and Holy Warrior, I simply couldn't wait for the ordinary trade paperback of King's Man. I bought the outsized ROI edition and then also the kindle version. And I don't regret it.

Outlaw was an astounding debut for me. It challenged my perceptions of Robin Hood, created a whole new epic around him and kept me rivetted, It also showed Angus' not inconsiderable knowledge and in-depth research into an era that is very complex and vast.

Holy Warrior took the tale in a different direction
Aug 19, 2012 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, norman
A grisly, gutsy, utterly riveting historical adventure novel. I've been following Angus Donald's writing ever since a Robin Hood-obsessed friend recommended OUTLAW and KING'S MAN is the third in the series, following up the Crusader outing HOLY WARRIOR. And boy, is it a good read!

No author writes quite like Donald: his style makes for effortless reading, and few authors have quite the kind of easy readability as we find here. You can start reading a paragraph, fully intending to stop after a few
Jun 19, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robin-hood
Wow! I absolutely loved this book! This is the 3rd book in the "Outlaw" series by Angus Donald. It focuses on Alan Dale, Robin Hood's (or Robert Odo, the Earl of Locksley)lieutenant. Alan is loyal to Robin, as well as to King Richard, the Lionheart. Sometimes these loyalties are polar opposites of each other. Alan is put to many tests to show his loyalty to both Robin and King Richard throughout the entire book, and always manages to complete the task, as well as keep his life intact. He becomes ...more
Lu Newman
Aug 24, 2015 Lu Newman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I have to admit it, I enjoyed this book a lot more than the second. The more I read Angus Donald's work, the more I am convinced it is one of the best Robin Hood stories I have ever read.

The Third Crusade is over and King Richard has inadvertently found himself kidnapped by the European Kings and Princes he unfortunately upset during the Crusade. While the King is held for ransom in a foreign castle, Prince John is making a play for the British throne.

Prince John teams up with the villainous Ral
I first heard of/read Angus Donald about 2, maybe 3, years ago, when I read his novel Outlaw - a visceral retelling of the Robin Hood legend - and which proved to be one of the best 'new' books I read that year.

I also read the sequel to Outlaw, Holy Warror - in which Robin and his men travel to the Holy Land to fight in what would become known as the Third Crusade - but found it was not quite as good as its predecessor.

The third novel in the series - King's Man - is a return to form. Set back in
If you ever felt your life was lacking tension, drama and action well the Outlaw chronicles following the many fictional historical adventures of Robin Hood and his band of warriors will supply it in limitless amounts. The beginning grips you with suspense and intrigue as you realise you're back in the land of England but you're not quite sure why Alan of Westbury is sneaking around with a decapitated horses head in the dark of night...but have no fear all will be revealed dear reader and on tha ...more
Alex Murphy
Mar 20, 2015 Alex Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-fiction
I’ve enjoyed all of the Outlaw books, and while good, this one is not as great as the first two in the series. Fans should be pleased with it, but non fans wouldn't have much new to drag them back, and if you haven’t read the previous books should start there.
Following straight on from the previous book, Alan Dale along with Robin Hood are back in England after the crusade, and are again pitted against the Sheriff of Nottingham allied to Prince John, who is set to overthrow King Richard now held
Apr 25, 2012 Karyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I love the Outlaw Chronicles. What a fun and interesting twist on the Robin Hood legends! In reality, I'd have to give King's Man four and a half stars, as I liked it just a little better than Holy Warrior. The plot seemed tighter and moved more quickly, and I was completely and utterly taken in by the plot twist about a third of the way through the story. I was so upset I texted a friend who had read the book and encouraged me just to keep reading. I'm glad I did! It's the mark o ...more
Kerry Hennigan
In the third novel of his Outlaw Chronicles series, Angus Donald’s hero Alan Dale is back in England with Robin of Locksley. King Richard’s brother Prince John is gathering strength amongst the barons while Richard is imprisoned in Austria.

Alan finds himself collecting taxes to pay the king’s ransom, and it is a dangerous business. No-one knows for sure where Richard is being held. He has made many enemies amongst the kings of Europe. But Alan and Richard share an affinity that could help save t
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a fan of Robin Hood, i suppose it has something to do with being named after him and then eventually ending up living in the back yard of the exploits of the Man/ Myth.

When this series started it was with a part groan part apprehension that i picked it up, so many times i have read the tale and its been awful prancing Nancy's in tights, and then there are the movies, inc the recent Russell "where the hell is that accent from" Crowe version.

But All of that gets thrown to the wi
May 08, 2016 Monicaaa rated it it was amazing
Angus Donald's writing is griping, descriptive and so much fun to read. The third volume in this series finds Robin tried and found guilty of heresy by the church, Alan labeled a traitor and Richard the Lionheart imprisoned abroad. In a complicated, cunning battle to bring the rightful king back to England and restore their names.

What I love about this series is that you never know what'll happen next. Donald has this way of making sure you don't know important details until you absolutely have
May 20, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third in the series that never loses momentum
This one sees Alan Dale face off against his nemesis Ralph de Murdac the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Rescue King Richard from his prison in Germany. I liked the way Alan Dale is identified here as Blondel, the troubadour who helped rescue Richard.
Lots of intrigue and suspense as Alan is seen as betraying Robin Hood but its all part of a ruse.
this robin hood is not do gooder in green, and couldn't care less about the poor, he is ruthless and self-s
Paul Cookson
Aug 07, 2015 Paul Cookson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this third book in the excellent series and we are back on more familiar territory with Robin, Alan, Little John et al all newly returned from the Crusades. Again this is based in historic fact with King Richard the Lionheart captured on his way back from the crusades and held for ransom in Germany. This has a more familiar feel to the story as this is set in the time most often covered by films with Richard away from the country and Prince John ably assisted by the Sheriff of Nott ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read for a bookgroup theme of 'English legends' this telling of a story from the tales of Robin Hood was useful for presenting the history of the period and for neatly removing all the romanticism and 'cleanliness' of the period usually incorporated to ensure the 'merry men' part of the legend makes it all family friendly. This portrays the period as unsavoury, gory, treacherous and factional. I am glad that the book did not come with accompanying smells, although the descriptions of the various ...more
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