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The Forestwife Trilogy

(Forestwife Saga #1-3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A powerful retelling of the Robin Hood story from Marian's point of view.

Who will champion the poor against injustice and cruelty?

When fifteen year old Mary flees into the forest to avoid a fearsome marriage arranged by her uncle, she little knows what challenges lie in store for her as the wise and magical Green Lady of the Woods.

In this riveting and action-packed saga, T
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 7th 2003 by Corgi Childrens (first published February 13th 1995)
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Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
This one book is actually a trilogy which tells the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian. I read the first book in this trilogy when I was a kid and was in love with it. I loved the idea of Marian living in the woods and healing the sick with Robin coming and going and helping the common man. Coming back to it was like meeting an old friend and I just loved it. Then I finished and went on to the next book. What a disappointment. I think the 'and they lived happily ever after' ending of the first ...more
Sep 20, 2012 marked it as to-read
In Italy the third book of this trilogy, The Path of the She-Wolf, never got traslated and published - and never will be, I suppose.
So, after only 10 years (or is it 15?) I finally got an English copy of the whole trilogy... about time I get to finish the story!
Eric Starr
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 maybe...
I very much enjoyed it. A bit cheesy here and there and definitely not my favorite version of the Robin Hood story...but a neat, well done twist on the story and from Marian’s perspective...mostly. We get some new characters who can be hit or miss and the book contains a lot of mini adventures more than just one big plot so it doesn’t feel as...big. Also sometimes the author seems very dedicated to using fitting voices/terminology....though there were a few unfitting phrases that stu
Laure Estep
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robin-hood
4.5 stars

Beautiful young adult retelling that blends a feminine eye view of the Robin Hood legends with ancient Greenman and Greenwoman mythology. The themes of charity, kindness, sacrifice and helping the community, fighting injustice and cruelty on a personal and wider level. Marian becomes the Forestwife, an age-old position of herbal medical healer and caretaker for the poor who live in and around Barnesdale Forest. Helping her is Robert, also known as the Hooded One, who fights the oppressi
Maddy ✨this book needs more ducks✨
A 'powerful retelling' this book certainly is.

Tomlinson deserves major kudos for the concept behind this novel alone - and the convincing narrative she weaves, combining legend with legend and her own ideas - makes this one of the most satisfying versions of the Robin Hood story I've come across. And I'm pretty obsessed with Robin Hood.

This book's female focus is immediately striking, with a huge cast of varied, realistic, well rounded and convincing female characters. This was incredibly refre
Katherine Roberts
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a great fan of Teresa Tomlinson's Moon Riders about the Amazon warriors and expected more of the same here. The story is certainly promising, with a young Maid Marian taking over the title of 'Forestwife' and making her home in a remote forest hut as a healer and mystical Green Lady of the wood, where she soon links up with the author's historical version of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws. Robin - or Robert in this trilogy - provides a gentle romance angle in keeping with the age of the ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Maid Marian and Robin Hood .
Stories of Robin Hood have always fascinated me. This author wished to write a book from the female point of view. She also likes Robin Hood, but as she wanted the female viewpoint, her main character had to be Maid Marian. I think that looking through Marian's eyes is an excellent way to tell a story of the outlaws of Barnsdale & Sherwood, and Ms. Tomlinson produced an intriguing book that included Robin's adventures, Marian's role which actually became the female's role in the Medieval Ages wh ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, children
I've read this book about 100 times. I first read it when I was about 9 or 10, I don't remember when, but ever since then I have taken it off the shelf at random points and read it over and over again. Despite this, I always find the story thrilling and just what they should be! It's the best Robin Hood book I've ever read!!
Fiona  Bainbridge
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book could read it over and over again!
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trilogy
i love this book and the characters (yes even the bratty teen has a little love from me) but the ending confused me as I cannot imagine loving someone so much that I would die to stay with them (that kind of goes against Marian's character when I think about it).

the ending is mostly depressing you know the two deaths (extreme sad face) and the girdle being broken into three and being given to the Gerta, Magda and Brigit was a nice touch and then the scene with the two wolves at the end is my mai
Rachel Foreman
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
for a preteen obsessed with Robin Hood this was my favourite read
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'll be honest, I think I've read this book a hundred times. I think I was 10 the first time I read this, and over the years I have re-read it again and again. I laugh and cry in the same spots every time, feel the same victories and the same heartbreaks, and every time I read it I take a little more away from it.

I don't like to include spoilers, so will keep this love rant as succinct as possible. Theresa Tomlinson takes an old story and refashions it into something new, and even better, from
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, history
I've read the first book of the trilogy years ago, in italian, and I had a good, if confused, memory of it.
When I've started reading it this time, the first pages were not the most entertaining thing ever (they also contained ANTIQUE ENGLISH!, and that's not easy when english is not your mothertongue), and I thought this book would probably be very long and kinda boring to read, with just enough good stuff to keep me going.
However, three or four chapters in, it suddenly got interesting! And it s
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I decided to re-read this as something gentle to get back into reading, but not without a little trepidation. I adored these books as a teen, I honestly can say they were formative for me - would they stand up to the test of time and a more mature perspective? Well, I needn't have worried. I was gripped from the first page, revisiting old friends and adventures. This is a book about the women of the Robin Hood tales, and what women! Young, old, peasants, noblewomen, all with well-rounded and var ...more
Zoe Zunica
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
an absoloutley AMAZING book.

A different telling of the traditional Robin Hood legend that still instills the same morals. Marian is such a strong and intelligent woman who shows that you don't need a man to go out and fight (or to stay in and fight).

I first read it when I was 11 and almost 10 years later it still makes me laugh and cry.

Just an amazing book and if you love the Robin Hood legend I'd definitely recommend it.

The one (single) downside is it's directed at Young Adults and as an actua
I've heard the Forestwife is very good, the sequel is Child of the May, and there's a third one, Path of the She Wolf, which was only published in the UK. How can they not publish the 3rd of a trilogy? Well I saw that the trilogy is a available in this omnibus, so I think I'm going to order it from Amazon.

*Update 2-11-09 Requested this about a week ago, and it has just come in. (Forestwife by itself I mean, not the trilogy omnibus) If I like I will order the whole trilogy.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is an alternative look at the Robin Hood story, but instead of centreing around Robin himself, it centres around the women of Nottingham Forest - including Maid Marian herself, who becomes the Forestwife, and looks after those who need it.

I liked the different take on the traditional story, and the way that Marian is not portrayed as a damsel in distress type figure.

The book also well fits the YA category, and I reccomended it to friends after reading.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
this book. Is just....AMAZING.

think you like Robin Hood? this take on it is truly fantastic. instead of watching the boys as they fight, it follows the female characters, Marian, as they stay behind. the saga follows them as they age, but never drift apart no matter the distance.

mind you, i cant read it without crying
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Is it to bold to say that Theresa Tomlinson's work has shaped the woman you see today? The strength and strong willed characters she writes of have truly inspired me since I was a teenager. An amazing book! ...more
I borrowed this from a Uni friend when she noted that the author was local to my hometown and I devoured it in one sitting. A refreshing, historically-rooted female-focused tour-de-force through Robin Hood folklore.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have read it again and again and still love it. The historical accuracy of the politics makes me real now i understand them. The characters so vibrant and. Real in their life and struggles. Worth a read by all ages
Helen Viorel
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book I've read so far in 2016 ... absolutely beautiful! ...more
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
enjoyable adding to the robinhood legend
Ness Kingsley
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF at page 93. I really liked the idea of this book but I just couldn't get into it and I didn't like the way the characters spoke or the writing style in general. ...more
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Though I was born in the South of England - my parents moved back to the North when I was one year old, and I have lived in Yorkshire ever since. I spent a few years as an infant teacher, but when my children were young I started making picture books for them and became hooked on writing. I love drawing and painting, but my main love is writing, often using the legends and history around me as ins ...more

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  • Child of the May (Forestwife Saga, #2)
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