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Scarlet (King Raven #2)

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After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest--and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion--Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

Now, however, Will is in prison for a crime he did not commit. His sentence is death by hanging--unles
Hardcover, 443 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published August 3rd 2007)
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Sep 28, 2010 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of action-oriented historical fiction
With this volume, Lawhead continues his deft re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend, set in the Welsh Marches of the late 1000s. There's no "second-book-in-the-trilogy" slump here; the story arc moves steadily forward, and the telling is suspenseful and well-paced. All of the general comments from my review of the series opener, Hood, would apply here as well. This is both solidly-researched historical fiction and adventure fiction set against a sharply defined conflict of good vs. evil, justice ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
When I was a boy we lived on a farm. There were no public libraries where I could go and money was books were a bit scarce. The small school library, a World Book Encyclopedia...Progressive Farmer magazine and a few books around the house were all I had access to. In the summer I often reread books I'd read before, but there was one set of books to access. My dad's mother had purchased for him a set of Zane Grey books that were being published two a month. You may have seen a set like ...more
Gillian Bronte Adams
I enjoyed Hood (the first book in this series) and stuck with it until the end of the book, but it didn't instantly inspire me to pick up book two. So it was several months before I found myself leafing through the first pages of Scarlet, but oh how glad I am that I did.

Here Will Scarlet takes the lead narrative and POV. I think the hardest thing for me to swallow with this series is that it is a Robin Hood Tales that is NOT a Robin Hood tale - or is, at least, leagues away from the one you woul
Oh, Stephen Lawhead, how I love your books.

Lawhead's latest project is a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend. This is the second book in the trilogy, told from the perspective of Will Scarlet. A good deal of the story is relayed, by Scarlet, to a monk he refers to as Odo while he is imprisoned.

I consistently enjoy Stephen Lawhead's storytelling style, as well as his attention to detail. Lawhead has mastered the technique of portraying actions, gestures, and facial expressions without resorting t
I'm really loving this series. I had a hard time putting this book down. I like how Lawhead writes and I especially love how he weaves in the Celtic theme.

At times, I feel like I'm there, as if I'm one of the inner circle fighting the good fight alongside Bran and company. I love that quality in a book, probably more than any other. I can say my delight with the King Raven series is my passion for anything Celtic but that's not quite right. It's Lawhead's talent that brings this series to life
Jeremy Preacher
Scarlet is at least an improvement over Hood. There are sympathetic characters and an actual plotline, even if it's near-hopelessly muddied by transitions between Scarlet-as-narrator and actual third-person-omniscient in two separate chunks of timeline.

Scarlet's verbal tics (calling people "fella" and using "en't" for "isn't") come and go, never ceasing to be jarring or managing to sound like anything other than a folksy affectation in the mouth of the character. They are handy markers as to whe
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
4.5 stars

The decision to change the narrative scheme from the first book (where everything was told in third-person) to Will narrating the majority of the tale to a priest while he's in prison was a very interesting choice. It really served to drive home the fact that this was a very different character from Bran. Will told his story very well and I immediately liked him. I continued to find little gems that harked back to the old Robin Hood legend and, a bit indirectly, the old Disney mo
As bad as the first, but painfully narrated in Lawhead's approximation of a Yorkshire accent. The result is, if anything, more like bastardized West Country than Northern. It's like expecting Richard Sharpe and getting Hagrid on weed.

Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Accidentally hit something that deleted my review before I saved it. Grrrrr. I read the book that comes before this one, Hood, and began this one right away. I was kind of disappointed that instead of going right on from the previous book which ended rather abruptly, this one began a year or two later with Bran's man known as Will Scarlet, captured by the sheriff and soon to be hanged. I should explain that this series is a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend but it has been relocated to Wales a ...more
This book is one of those that I didn't feel compelled to read but still enjoyed it while I was reading it. This is just me. For being the second book of a trilogy I was glad that I liked this one better than the first because I usually like the second book the least all the time. But I didn't give it a higher rating because wasn't that much better.

Lawheads writing style is an acquired taste for me. It always takes me a while to get used to but it works for the time period. I should'v
Flora Bateman
This is a continuation of Hood (King Raven, #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead The story is told from the point of view of William Scatlock that becomes known as Will Scarlet as he is being held in prison. We learn about how he comes to be with Rhi Bran y Hud and his life among the outlaws and his love for Noin. Bran is still fighting for his lands and the rights of his people when he learns of a plot against the king and believes he can use the information to regain what is his. As Will is telling his story we read alternating chapters with the ...more
Anthony Chavez
A great addition to the series told mainly from the perspective of the captive Will Scarlet, one of my favorite characters in the legends of Robin Hood. It sort of irked me a bit that this was told very different from the first book. The first book, aptly titled Hood, was told from many perspectives, that of Bran/Hood, Count De Braose, and Baron Neufmarche; whereas, Scarlet is told almost entirely from the perspective of Will Scarlet, if definitely feels like a different writing style this way, ...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Scarlet, the second book in Stephen Lawhead's King Raven Trilogy focuses on Will Scatlocke ("Scarlet"), a disillusioned forester who goes searching for, finds, and joins King Raven's infamous band of thieves. During one of their exploits, Will is caught, sentenced to hang, and thrown into prison where he is asked to tell his story to a priest in hopes that he'll let slip some information that will help sheriff Guy of Gysborne find and defeat the robbers. T
I still find the setting of this trilogy infinitely more engaging than the actual story. I really want to like it -- a Welsh Robin Hood? -- but it just doesn't grab me. It's not hard to read: I managed most of it in one day. On the other hand, the prose doesn't come to life, I certainly don't savour every word. Robin Hood stories are supposed to be all adventure, and I guess this shows a more realistic, difficult side of it, but I just don't like that as much.

This book gives the reader a more ou
Told primarily through the voice of Will Scatlocke (Scarlet) during a series of reminiscences in jail as he awaits his execution, Will tells his story to a lowly monk who serves as scribe. He again expands this story of conquest, subjugation and displacement. As he is forced away from his native lands, he begins to hear the stories of Rhi Bran y Hud and decides to join his men.

The leader he meets and shows through a series of episodes that he is not the jolly figure of the classic legend who has

Oh you son of a dog, cliffhangers are cheating!!!

On to the next book!

Actual review:

Will Scarlet is in jail and, like Scheherazade, he’s delaying his execution by spinning out his life story to the monk assigned to write down what will did to land himself in prison.

The narrative is thrown off as the monk occasionally interrupts the story to argue with Will about different types of morals but it builds up to a classic Robin Hood style rescue-from-the-gallows – and that’s not even the cliffhanger
Will Scatlocke lost his home and his livelihood with the coming of William the Red to the throne. As he travels, working to feed and house himself he hears about King Raven, a robber of the wealthy, who shares what he gets with those who have little or nothing.

The story is told largely by Will who becomes Will Scarlet when he joins King Raven's band. He is accepted after a bow duel with Raven himself. Raven beats him by a hair but welcomes him into the group anyway. As they strive to win back R
Lawhead is without a doubt a wonderful author and I greatly enjoyed the tale he he spun. What lost a star for me is that he is overly descriptive. This man could use 2000 words to describe a simple grey stone and look for more once he has done with then! Christ man, tell us the story and leave off with the bland ramblings! Sometimes the action falls short as Lawhead overwrites it. I also don't feel as if I know Bran at all, from two books now but I liked the tone of Scarlet in this book and look ...more
Evelina A.
Lawhead surpasses himself with this follow-up to "Hood". In "Scarlet", forester William Scatlocke aka Will Scarlet joins the lawless band after his master, a Saxon thane, had his land confiscated by the crown. As Bran and his men, which now includes Will, continue to rob from the Norman rich to give to the poor, they uncover a plot that they hope will help see justice done for the dispossessed people of Elfael.

Told predominantly in the first person narrative of Will Scarlet, there is greater fu
Jillian Benavidez
I haven't finished this book, but I am putting it down. As mentioned in my brief review of Hood, the concept is promising for this story. I do enjoy the fact that this second book is from Will Scarlet's POV and that Scarlet is telling it like a story (in telling Odo). Very great concept...just poorly accomplished.

This book simply is not engaging. Lawhead has a very plain way of writing which, while it gets the job done, just does not interest me in the least. The characters are described, but mo
Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead is book two of the King Raven Trilogy. The book is told from the perspective of Will Scarlet one of Rhe Bran's gruelyn or better known as one of Robin Hood's merry men. One of the best things i like about this trilogy is the way it's told as almost historical fact instead of historical fiction that it is. The ease of which that Lawhead makes you feel for the band of castaways we follow is engaging and effortless. The old English printing makes you feel like your readin ...more
Not as good as Lawhead's Song of Albion series, but an excellent read. Most Robin Hood stories are a bit cheesy or romantic, but this one is a very realistic hard-world story about a man leading people during very hard and parilous times cuased by a regional careless rule. This book has very little spiritual references. The story is mostly told from a person's view who is part of the remneant instead of from a narrative perspective. After reading Hood, this was an interested perspective from ins ...more
This, the second book in the King Raven trilogy, had a very slow and sort of awkward start. without too much time, however, it began to pick up and become familiar. By about chapter 6 or seven, it really took off. I loved this book. I'm so glad that I own it. It's a keeper!
Not as good as the first book in the series, Hood. On the whole, it wasn't bad; it simply failed to capture my interest. For four hundred and fifty pages.

And also, Mr. Lawhead, I get that you are Christian. Super. Your faith is a major part of your life, and of your writing. God is good, and so on. I respect that. But if you were to remove all of the preaching and praying from this book, I'm not even sure that would leave you with one hundred pages of story. Even the Bible has a better ratio tha
I really wish I had been able to enjoy the first book in this series, "Hood", when I first bought these two books. If I had have enjoyed it on the first read through I would certainly have gone onto read this sooner. I had my severe misgivings about this book initially but it soon gripped me in a way "Hood" didn't and I would say this is the better read.

I loathe the opening of this book, it didn't help I went straight from reading "Hood" to this and there is a vast difference in the story tellin
Aug 11, 2014 Debfiddle marked it as to-read
After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest--and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion--Will joins the heroic archer and his men.

Now, however, Will is in prison for a crime he did not commit. His sentence is death by hanging--unless he delivers King Raven and his band of cohorts.

That, of course, he will never do.

Wales is slowly falling under the control
Second in the series didn't really do anything in making me want to read the third immediately. The pacing is a bit too slow for me. I really appreciate all the history taken into account for this series, but there is something about it that is not ringing with me. I might pick up the third one if I wind up having nothing to read but it won't be on my priority list.
Scarlet is the sequel to Hood, which I reviewed last week. I'm sad to say, while Hood captured my interest and engaged me, Scarlet left me feeling 'meh'.

I'm not exactly sure why this is. It isn't poorly written, although both the narrator and the narration style differ from book 1 in the trilogy. Will Scarlet is a likable character, and the machinations from the first book continue to grind away in the plot. It just lacked something to make me feel invested.

Because I know the legend of Robin Hoo
My review, as posted to my blog,

Scarlet, the second book in Lawhead’s “King Raven” trilogy, a masterful retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, is a self-assured, adventurous jaunt of a novel that sets a strong, rollicking pace without once compromising on detail or emotional gravitas. Featuring the story of Will Scarlet, roguish forester with a heart of gold as told to a monk from the prison cell poor Will languishes in while he awaits the dubious pleasure of the Sher
Clare Cannon
Oct 07, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults & Adults
Shelves: adults, young-adult
The second instalment of a completely re-imagined epic of the man known as Robin Hood—told in a far more eerie, earthy, and elemental way than ever before.

Lawhead’s tales are full of rich, colourful characters that know how to appreciate the warmth of home even as they brave the danger of battlefields.
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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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“She [Mérian] shook her head sadly. 'What Bran wants is impossible.'
'Well,' I [Will] said, 'I wouldn't be too sure. I have seen the lone canny fox outwit the hunter often enough to know that it matters little how many horses and men you have. All the wealth and weapons in the world will not catch the fox that refuses to be caught.”
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