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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,473 ratings  ·  298 reviews
"Pray God our aim is true and each arrow finds its mark."

King Raven has brought hope to the oppressed people of Wales--and fear to their Norman overlords. Deceived by the self-serving King William and hunted by the treacherous Abbot Hugo and Sheriff de Glanville, Rhi Bran is forced again to take matters into his own hands as King Raven.

Along the way Friar Tuck has been the
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Thomas Nelson
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Anthony Chavez
Definitely the best book of the trilogy.

I admit the trilogy was a bit hard to read at times, I am not a complete fan of Lawhead's writing style, like Ken Follett, it can be a bit long winded at times and get to be dry reading, but the story itself, the meat of it, the research and history infused into the classic tale, that's what kept me reading. And Lawhead, like Follett and the Pillars books, does it well, from the pronunciation guide at the beginning of the books to his author notes where so
Oct 22, 2010 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of action-oriented historical fiction
With this volume, Lawhead brings his King Raven trilogy to a rousing conclusion! The general comments I made on the first two books apply here, too; but the emotional impact of this book nudged it into five-star territory. This is outstanding fiction of its type --a worthy capstone to a thoroughly excellent series. Lawhead has done himself proud here.

In all three books of the series, Bran ap Brychan --Rhi Bran y Hud-- is the central figure, the linchpin of the story. But as we saw much of Scarle
Feb 27, 2009 Vanna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone! =)
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I have to say, this is one of the most fantastic, well written books I have ever read! I've liked the rest of the series, but this book did a really great job of concluding it. I was quite fascinated at all the history behind it, and I think Lawhead researched the time period extremely well. As I was getting to the ending,I was so excited to know what happened next that I found myself reading till three o'clock in the morning and still convincing myself that I wasn't too sleepy to read anther ch ...more
The King Raven trilogy gets rare 5 stars from me. It was that good.

Suffice it to say, this is no run of the mill Robin Hood story. Richer, deeper, and well thought out. Lawhead did a fantastic job. I liked it far better than his Pendragon series and I really liked them too. This was better. Much better.

There are characters to love, characters to hate and even some you loved and hated at the same time. It felt natural to connect to the character and slip into the story itself.

I can't say much wi
Enjoyed this read a great deal but not as much as Scarlet. Tuck is a gentle, pious man who believes in justice and fairness. He tells the story in his own way. I felt that Lawhead had a little trouble getting into this character. Perhaps it's my imagination but I thought that he seemed more attuned to Will Scarlet! It was fun to read about the battles and how the long bow could stand against knights with swords and horses. Thank you Mr. Lawhead for more information about that topic at the end of ...more
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More desperate then ever to free his land from invaders, the Phantom Raven of the forest sets out once again to try his might against his adversaries. But with some surprising twists, and unanticipated hardships, can the group see it through to the end? The third and final installment of Stephen Lawhead's King Raven Trilogy, Tuck reunites readers one last time with Bran and his Grellon and their fight for freedom.
After King William turns traitor and refuses to give back Bra
The conclusion to the King Raven trilogy is really no different to the other books of the trilogy. The strong point, for me, the thing I found most interesting, was the new interpretation of how the Robin Hood story came about -- although I felt that the epilogue hammered that in maybe a little too much -- and not much else really grabbed me. Again, the writing is pretty good and once I settled down to read it I sped through Tuck in a couple of hours. If you want something easy to read and you l ...more

It seems a bit of a stretch to name this book after Tuck – here he is a main character but by no means the main character.

Still, he does contribute quite a lot to the plot, both with brains and brawn, and after some great stick wielding fight scenes, he manages to save the day by, of all things, giving the king a basic Accounting 101 lesson.

Robin Hood comes into his own as the merry trickster as he spends most of the book pulling off a hilarious con on a particularly bad tempered baron, complet
Justin Tyme
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a satisfying conclusion to the "Hood" series. If you read it, don't stop at the conclusion, but take time to read the afterward. It lends credence to the historical background to the original Robin Hood story.
Flora Bateman
This is the third and final installment in Lawhead's retelling of the Robin Hood story. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first two. I love the way Lawhead puts this in a historical context and brings it to life in a way that it could have happened.

Tuck pics up right where Scarlet left off. Rhi Bran Y Hud and his followers are still on the run and trying to regain their realm. In the process there are skirmishes as well as undercover dealings that are filled with thrills and humor. There a
Alex Telander
In Stephen R. Lawhead’s conclusion to the King Raven trilogy, readers get to enjoy it from the viewpoint of the jolly and redoubtable Friar Tuck, who has been around since the first book, Hood, and on through the second, Scarlet. But little has been seen in the abilities of this clergyman, until now, who is bravest and shines brightest at his most important moment.

It seems the Normans simply won’t give up, and King Raven, also known as Rhi Bran Hood to the people of Wales, must muster not only h
I’m not sure where to start with this review since I didn’t make time in the past couple of years to review Hood and Scarlet, but the only reason I kept reading this trilogy was because of Robin Hood.

I love Robin Hood and I love this series. I don’t love the writing of these books. Except, there’s something that kept me reading and that was the need to get to the end and find out if this version has a happy ending.

I don’t want to ruin it or anything, but, it does.

Lawhead includes a pronunciation
Dec 08, 2014 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series
A long long time ago, I read a book in which the author was tracing the long rich history of the Robin Hood legend. In his King Raven trilogy, Lawhead takes the basic common story we all know and weaves it into the much older tradition. The characters are darker and much more realistic

“Do not think it impossible just because it has never happened.
- Friar Tuck”
― Stephen R. Lawhead, Tuck
Jeremy Preacher
Tuck was a lackluster end to a lackluster series. It had the problems of its predecessors (flat characters, inconsistent viewpoints, glacial pacing) and nothing new to add. There's really none of the gleeful mischief of the legend of Robin Hood - none of the sense of fighting because it's the right thing. It's all aimed at the ultimate goal of getting official recognition of the kingship of the cantref, and that just isn't particularly satisfying, given the cost.

Overall, I find the whole King Ra
Dare I say it, the best book of the trilogy! This trilogy got progressively stronger as it went along which is something of a rarity these days! Wonderful wonderful book, beautiful written and much better paced than the previous two. Will be looking out for more of Lawheads work for certain.
Aug 11, 2014 Debfiddle marked it as to-read
King Raven has brought hope to the oppressed people of Wales--and fear to their Norman overlords. Deceived by the self-serving King William and hunted by the treacherous Abbot Hugo and Sheriff de Glanville, Rhi Bran is forced again to take matters into his own hands as King Raven.

Along the way Friar Tuck has been the stalwart supporter of the man behind the legend--bringing Rhi Bran much-needed guidance, wit, and faithful companionship.

Aided by Tuck and his small but determined band of forest-dw
Adam Goldste
Now presenting the final book in a trilogy of books giving a new take on the stories of Robin Hood, starring Rhi Bran y Hud as Robin Hood, Iwan as Little John, Will Scarlett as himself, Brother Aethelfrith as Friar Tuck, Merian as herself, The Abbott, Sheriff, and Count as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and King William as King John.
Man I like this trilogy. This book starts off...ok, I'm going to skim over the beginning. Not that it's bad, it just pales in comparison to the utterly epic ending. Basi
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is the third book in a series that is a take off on the Robin Hood legend. It is set in Wales and the character's names are slightly different. All three books were book although I liked this one the least as it did not hold my interest as well as the others. However I am glad I read it and got "the rest of the story". This one is based on Friar Tuck's part in the story of Bran's struggle to regain his kingdom - Bran being the Robin Hood of this trilogy. I did not tag it as a romance althou ...more
Ty Wilson
I found Mr. Lawhead's take on the Robin Hood myth to be very enjoyable. He grounds his retelling of the legend in a place and time he deems most likely to have spawned the original legend. It also makes me want to play future RPG's as a bowman...what a deadly weapon!
Mundy Carroll
Hooray! I finished.

This was by far the best book in an extremely disappointing trilogy. In the final installment, there was a bit more action, and the story flowed much better. The return to narrative rather than the 1st-person mess that "Scarlet" was, was welcome.

But in the end, the story never really grabbed me as I thought it must. A fan of the Robin Hood books since I can remember, the premise of a Welsh Rhi Bran y Hudd is great. It just never carried through for me; and this was nowhere as
Rachel Thomson
What we know now as legend, old and familiar as the dusty books we read as children, began in the dark distance of the past as something else—as some truth we’ve changed until we remember things that never were and forget those that really happened.

For every legend we love, another story lies buried somewhere, tantalizing and forever out of reach.

“It will seem strange to many readers,” writes Stephen R. Lawhead, "and perhaps even perverse, to take Robin Hood out of Sherwood Forest and relocate h
All in all, a solid ending to the King Raven trilogy. Hurrah for whosever decision it was to move the pronunciation guide to the front--Welsh is a tricky business. The languages of Lawhead's volumes are wonderful, though, in that there are so many and in that not all of the pieces are translated. If you don't know Welsh, or Latin, or French, you can be just as lost (for a brief time) as the characters themselves, and this creates a wondrous bond with them as they continue battling for their own ...more
Emily Duncan
Perfect. I didn’t think it was possible but each book in this trilogy became progressively better. This is one of the best Robin Hood retellings I think I’ve ever come across. It’s so very good.
This one is set up similarly to the past two, in that it focuses on a primary character (Bran in the first book, Will Scarlet in the second, and Tuck in this one), but the POV is technically omniscient, so a lot of the characters make their thoughts known. I’ve always been skeptical about that form of
Hank Quense
When I started reading this, I didn't know it was the third book in a trilogy, but I soon realized it is a stand alone book that makes occasional references to events in the previous two books. A knowledge of the first two isn't necessary to enjoy the third one.

Basically, this is a re-telling of the Robin Hood legends with a twist. Instead of Sherwood Forest the setting is the Marches on the border of England and Wales. The story takes place in the reign of King William Rufus, the son of Willia
Tiff Miller
Overall, reading a completely different take on the Robin Hood legend was refreshing and incredibly believable. Having it set in Wales, in the 11th century, under William the Red's rule makes it impossible to find the "sameness" we see in all the other Robin Hood tales. It REALLY is a totally new take on the legend.

BONUS: At the end of each book, Lawhead outlines his research a bit, what was going on historically, and makes his case for his particular telling. He also includes a pronunciation g
The final book in Stephen Lawhead’s King Raven trilogy, Tuck picks up almost immediately where Scarlet left off. It’s hard to be more specific than that without giving away spoilers, but suffice to say, Rhi Bran and his Grellon are on the run. Again. And the monk known as Friar Tuck is with them.

Unlike Scarlet, which shifted between a first-person narrative by the titular character and a third person narrative focused on other events, Tuck is written entirely in the third person. In fact, while
Jill Williamson
Review by Jill Williamson

In Tuck, Stephen Lawhead’s third and final instalment of his King Raven Trilogy, William the Red has reneged on his promise to restore Elfael to Bran Brychan, the rightful king. Bran and his flock flee back to the forest as Abbot Hugo’s men give chase. The rebels make it back safe, but Bran knows that something more must be done. The Normans are men without honor and will not listen to reason. And Bran’s band of rebels is not enough to overtake his Norman foes. Without s
How many out there enjoy watching Robin Hood when you were younger (or even now?). It brings back good memories for myself, whether it was the cartoon version or the actual movie. Not to mention I keep seeing Men In Tights in my head lol.. sorry..

And while I’ve grown up and put Robin and his merry men in the back of my memories, something has drawn it out again!

Tuck by Stephen Lawhead is all about those merry men! And let me say, I loved it.

First, I really enjoy Lawhead’s writing style. He had m
This review contains a few GENERAL spoilers:

Redemption and justice are two themes that oxymoronically combine. A good author discerns which characters should be saved, while keeping in mind the general plot. The final installment in the King Raven Trilogy, Tuck, by Stephen R. Lawhead provides both these themes and leaves the story just short of its predecessors.
Picking up where Scarlet ended, Tuck begins a few hours after the shocking announcement of King William’s treachery. Refusing Bran his
Sue Smith
A good final installment in the trilogy of the story of how Robin Hood - well - became Robin Hood!. How time and that old childhood game of passing the story down a line of children will make the story be completely different at the end of the telling. But this look at the start of the legend is an honest one and it makes for good fun, even though the story really isn't that 'slap happy' or 'stooge-like' (visions of the Walt Disney version with the oh-so-clever foxes comes to mind here...!!).

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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned
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“Do not think it impossible just because it has never happened.
- Friar Tuck”
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