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Outlaw (The Outlaw Chronicles #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,874 ratings  ·  177 reviews

When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest.

Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the country. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Ala
Paperback, 365 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2009)
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This is not the worst Robin Hood novel I've ever read (that would be Scarlet), but it is the worst by someone who was a professional author (journalist) before writing a novel. The text is unintentionally hilarious, the characters have the emotional depth of tissue paper, and like a piss-drunk Robin Hood at a county archery contest, Donald manages to miss the target entirely.

Donald showers his text liberally with ill-executed references to masculinity, such as: "We were on the road again at dawn
Picked this up on a whim and how glad am I that I did. Although the Robin Hood story has been told on countless occasions and in many ways, this is one of the more original versions to date. Donald has managed to create a Robin that is believable and balances the hero character that we all know and love with the more realistic criminal/outlaw that he would've been.

The story is told through the eyes of Alan Dale, who ends up joining Robin's crew as a result of a single criminal act born from hung
I'm a big fan of Bernard Cornwell (to say the least) and knowing that the author of this was inspired by Bernard to write his own historical fiction...well, I had to check it out.

I'm delighted that I did. OUTLAW is the beginning of a new series chronicling the adventures of Robin Hood, and it's a thrilling one. Well researched, well written and well told, this is just the sort of historical adventure I love to read: packed with action and intrigue and a memorable level of grittiness, too, this u
Jul 24, 2011 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dave Duncan fans, Robin Hood fans, military strategy historical fiction fans

Nearly a four, really!

Good enough that I'm going to read Holy Warrior, the next one in the series, as an e-book - just so I don't have to wait a whole day or two to follow Robin Hood and Alan-A-Dale on the crusades.

Why is it nearly a four? . . . people defecate. They urinate. They get sick. These three are a must for me in historical fiction -there's a reason "Where do you go to the bathroom?" is the question astronauts get the most. If you want to see the astronauts' solution watch this nation
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a sort of...."hummm, interesting"....take on the Robin Hood legend. The author takes some time "afterward" to discuss this and why he writes what he writes.

This is a good book. It's a somewhat new angle to take on the legendary character. he's more bitter in some ways definitely a disillusioned hero. We get the childhood trauma card played here and the author wanted very badly to include a pagan take on the religion in the book.

Here we are told the story by Alan Dale (Alan-a-Dale) as he
A friend of mine was looking through my book shelf and pulled this one out asking if it was any good. All I could say was "Meh". The following week they handed the book back and before I could ask they uttered "Meh"

It’s not a bad book and it’s not a great book, it is in all definitions of the word "Meh"

I liked the whole idea of a Mafia style Robin Hood and his not so merry men and it was definitely interesting reading the spin off versions of a lot of the classic characters.

But the book never
Ben Kane
This was been on my radar for a long time - pretty much since I saw the iconic cover when it came out actually. Anyway, I finally got around to buying a year or os ago. Started it a few months later, and devoured it. I've since read the next two books as well.

The main hero and narrator is Alan Dale, a young thief who's taken in by Robert Odo, the outlaw chief. I liked this approach, because all too often, books are written from the historical or main hero's point of view, and that can be a littl
This book may be a lot of people's cup of tea, but it was not mine. I quite enjoyed the start, up until approx page 60. It went down from there for me though.
I think there was some irreparable damage done for me with an early feast scene which included description that seemed more about the author living out fantasy than about importance to story. I was still okay with the book though and carried on despite my misgivings. This was the authors first book, so I expected some ups and downs. But th
Simon Turney
am long overdue in reviewing this book, spurred on by the arrival in the post today of the third in the series (King's Man).

I generally avoid anything connected with Robin Hood in order to avoid inevitable disappointment. I have the same problem with King Arthur. Every time I read a book or watch a movie about Arthur I am thoroughly disappointed, often bored, and usually aggravated by the clear problems with any hint of accuracy. Ditto: Robin Hood. I tolerate the Errol Flynn and Disney animated
It’s long been debated whether Robin Hood actually existed, in a 14th Century poem he makes an appearance and in the 15th Century he’s been mentioned in ballads but whether he’s fact or fiction doesn’t seem to lessen his popularity as he’s been immortalized in print, song, poem and in present times on film. One of the reasons he stays alive for us is because of the astute storytelling ability of some of his tale-tellers like for example this one.

In this fictionalized tale of Robin Hood we may fi
Feb 16, 2012 Julia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Julia by: a friend
A friend gave this to me to read, so I gave it a go. Truthfully, I wasn't impressed. The book had very little new to offer, either to the Robin Hood mythology or in literary terms. Reimagining Robin Hood as a Godfather-like figure could have been interesting, but that potential was never realized. The author's writing was, at best, basic, and there were times that he had me laughing with disbelief at his choice of descriptors. For instance, Donald has the main character have a dream rife with ob ...more
I enjoyed reading this. I could poke half a dozen holes in it, and there's a number of good reviews that do -- this one is a pretty good summary of all the things that are wrong with it. Yeah, there's a ridiculous number of references to masculinity, to the point where it all doth protest too much, and the "nameless masculine fear" stuff made me snort my apple juice. Woo~ooo~ooo, scary pagan women, horrible bloody human-sacrificing Celtic rituals, etc.

Still, it's a pageturner, and this version i
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Tim Hodkinson
I have to admit I have avoided reading this book for a long time through a misguided combination of jealousy and the desire to avoid disappointment. The jealousy spring from my own desire to write a novel that portrayed Robin Hood in a realistic light that was true to the spirit of the original medieval ballads about him. In those works Robin is about as far from Kevin Costner’s version of the character as you can get. There is plenty of robbing-not necessarily just from the rich-and very little ...more
Angus Donald's historical take on Robin Hood is an interesting example of work by a great storyteller who is yet to be a great writer. Donald, who has clearly researched both the various Robin Hood legends and the historical time period he chooses to set his novel (he chooses the reign of Henry II, so a bit earlier than most versions of the legends, which place the bulk of the action in Richard I's reign), has a good grasp of characters and plot, but his language is often lacking nuance and subt ...more
The cover proudly proclaimed that it was as good as Bernard Cornwell, or your money back. Luckily for them, this was a library book. But, while it isn't as good as Cornwell's works, it did seem reminiscent of him. In fact, you could even call this a poor man's cornwell - distinctly similar, but so obviously not of the same class. Yet. But for all that, it's still entertaining, and despite my low rating I urge you to read it; 2.5 Stars

Plot: Three Stars

This was where the similarities were stri

Alan Dale is the lowest of the low - essentially a street rat, forced to steal to make a living. Robin Hood, "holding court" in Alan's town of Nottingham. Alan's mother convinces Robin to take Alan under his wing, and so begins the story of Outlaw.

Many of Robin's Merry Men are present - Little John, Much, Will Scarlet, Tuck, and of course the man himself. In Outlaw, Robin is no man-in-tights do-gooder, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. He's a

"From bloody battles and riotous feat days to marauding packs of wolves, OUTLAW is a gripping, action-packed historical thriller that delves deep into the fascinating legend of Robin Hood."

It sounds good doesn't it? that's what I thought when I saw it in the shop and the sticker that says "as good as Bernard Cornwall or your money back" makes it sound even better! I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwall so i expected a lot from this book but sadly it did not del
Solid 4 stars. Really had a sense of the times and carnage. Thought the Brigit character to be very cool...and one with Mother Earth. Liked that twist of paganism amongst the priests. And Robin's trying to keep a foot in both the land of the Christ followers as well as with the people of the woods.
Steve Justice
Outlaw describes itself as a "gripping, action-packed historical thriller that delves deep into the fascinating legend of Robin Hood". Outlaw is none of these things and somehow succeeds in turning the "fascinating legend" of Robin Hood into a worse-than-average piece of confusing half-ideas and shallow characters.

Firstly the main description of the novel is totally misleading - "historical thriller" - Outlaw is not historical as there is still no proof of Robin Hood's existence, and it is not
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Jason Golomb
Angus Donald's historical fiction "Outlaw" is an exciting middle-age tale set in the forests of England. Knights in gleaming armor battle on horseback, while beautiful ladies await the return of their loves in a countryside of castles and manors.

At the center of the story sits the legendary Robin Hood. But Donald's Hood is not the singing cartoon Hood of Disney, nor the 90's Robin of Kevin Costner. This Robin Hood has gone hardcore and there's more than a little bit of Godfather in him. Oh, he
'Outlaw', is an enjoyable, even memorable, re-imagining and re-exploration if you will, of the Robin Hood legend. All our favourite fiends, friends and enemies are here - 'Maid Marion', Friar Tuck, 'Little' John, the Sherrif of Nottingham, and Guy of Gisborne - there's action and adventure a-plenty and it all takes place in and around Sherwood Forest.

But forget what you thought you knew of Robin Hood. There's no swinging happily through Sherwood Forest's lush, leafy glades, no slapping thighs wh
Lanie Sanders
I've been reading Holy Warrior, the next book in this wonderful historical fiction series "The Outlaw Chronicles" or "The novels of Robin Hood" and I thought I would rewrite my review of "Outlaw". I wrote my first one a long time ago, and hopefully this one new one is written a little better. Going back, my first seemed sort of childish.

So, moving onward! "Outlaw" is one of the many fictional Robin Hood novels I have painstakingly acquired since my obsession began in 10th grade. (It started when
A 'Realistic' historical style novel rather than a 'men in tights' type jolly swashbuckle.

Full of hardship and the dirt and grit of life, this is a brilliant telling of the Origins of Robin and his band of 'Outlaws'

Told from the recollections of Alan 'A Dale it shows Robin to be a brave and charismatic man who, because of his position and while trying to safeguard his friends and other outcasts, often needs to be brutal and unflinchingly strong.

This is a great tale and for all it's hardship and
José Luis
La versión deRobin Hood que nos presenta Angus Donald rompe con la idea clásica que tenemos del héroe inglés, en la novela nos encontramos con un personaje que probablemente se acercaría más a la realidad y que despojado de todas sus virtudes muestra la otra cara, menos positiva, más violenta, un hombre sin escrúpulos en muchos casos.

La historia engancha desde el principio y por boca de Alan Dale vamos conociendo poco a poco a Robin Hood, pero sin embargo me da la sensación de que a la historia
Although it's a Robin Hood story, the main protaganist is actually Alan Dale. When Alan is forced to flee into Sherwood Forest, Robin is already established as leader of a gang of outlaws. The author presents him as a kind of medieval Don Corleone, he has mob type honour but is still a gangster and a murderous thug. Somehow it just doesn't sit right because of the legend that exists today but historically speaking it's probably closer to the truth.
Jessica Anderson
This Robin Hood novel is not the best I have read but still good. I loved the author Stephen Lawhead's version and part of it was the fact that you got to hear some of the story from other characters. This book does the same by having Alan Dale tell of his experiences with Robin in addition with an intermingling of his current life as an older man looking back. It certainly had some rough scenes depicting warfare but tolerable. It gives some insight to why someone may have joined this outlaw ban ...more
Michelle Feist
This is a tale of Robin Hood, told through the eyes of one of his followers, Alan Dale. Dale narrates the story in his old age, rememebering his youth and how he came to be in the service of Robin Hood. What I particularly liked about this retelling of the familiar legend was that this Robin was not the saintly, merry bowman who wandered around Sherwood Forest "robbing from the rich to give to the poor" (though this Robin did, indeed protect those in his forest kingdom who could not protect them ...more
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