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Lady Of The Forest by Jennifer Roberson
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Aug 29, 07

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, read-in-2007
Read in August, 2007

An excellent re-telling of the Robin Hood myth, with more emphasis on his motivations behind becoming an outlaw rather than the actual acts of stealing. Despite what the new cover looks like, this is not a mere romance novel. It's a very detailed historical fiction that Jennifer Roberson did a lot of research to make it feel real, and it shows. Of course, it's not going to be the exact same Robin Hood myth that people are familiar with, considering there's so many versions of the story floating around that contradict each other, but she does an excellent job of making a believable version of what really could have happened.

The characters are all very well fleshed-out, especially Marian (who the story mostly seems to focus around--it does change perspectives regularly, but overall her voice seems to be the strongest). Rather than the stereotypical "strong woman" most historical fiction stories seem to inject, she actually feels like she could have lived in medieval England, as do all the characters. She's a woman trapped by the times, but who does everything in her power to get herself away from the men trying to force her into marriage.

Definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially involving medieval England. And, of course, those that like a bit of romance to spice up their myths.
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