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(The Wode #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  481 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Book One of The Wode

The Hooded One. The one to breathe the dark and light and dusk between....

When an old druid foresees this harbinger of chaos, he also glimpses its future. A peasant from Loxley will wear the Hood and, with his sister, command a last, desperate bastion of Old Religion against New. Yet a devout nobleman's son could well be their destruction—Gamelyn
ebook, 2nd Edition, 370 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by DSP Publications (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jordan Lombard As Kyleesha said, there is legit romance, and it is good! If, after reading this, you need more MM fantasy though, I would highly recommend anything…moreAs Kyleesha said, there is legit romance, and it is good! If, after reading this, you need more MM fantasy though, I would highly recommend anything by Ginn Hale. Especially her Rifter series! (less)

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Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The mythology was well developed, and felt true to the times, and the cultures. I liked that it wasn't a case of one group being the "good guys" and the other being the "bad guys", but rather a meeting of different people, and cultures, and values. I liked how this book set the stage for what is to come. It let me understand the people involved, and the factors that shaped them into the
☙ percy ❧

it started off pretty slow and boring which is why i'm only giving it four stars (and because i'm anticipating the next one will be five stars) but hoOOOOOooly fuck when the tension started going it DID. NOT. STOP. for one fucking second i fucking swear

i'm so dead. i'm so glad this series is on kindle unlimited otherwise i'd be screaming into the void for like 9138103 years

anyways i'm too Shook to write a proper
Passionate and intense. Fantastic and fantastical. A lush and seductive sensory onslaught. Gorgeous, glorious, and one of the best things I've ever read. Taken in combination with Shirewode, as it must be to complete the story arc, this was the best reading experience I've had in the last 25 years.

I can't imagine writing a review that could do it justice. This review by Jesse is what lured me in to reading it, so I'll refer you there. Yet I can't seem to move on from my immersion in this
Serena Yates
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
With a definite foray into the magical, this retelling of the legend of Robin Hood is actually far more than a mere interpretation of what we all know. It takes the basics of the legend and adds a whole new meaning to the events, providing us with a historical and spiritual view that is to my knowledge, unique. The battle of the pagans versus the encroaching Catholic Church, in addition to the poor versus rich angle (which happens to overlap, since most of the poor are also pagans) actually ...more
Listen. First of all, shout out to Teal & Alison who pushed me into reading this. BUT I CAN’T BELIEVE I STARTED READING THIS WHILE THE BOOKS ARE OUT OF PRINT. WHY. If this series & their love doesn’t get a happy ending I might have to set fire to the world. :)
Out of every single book I've ever read in my life...this may be #1. Greenwode didn't just tug at my yanked insistently, relentlessly and mercilessly, in equal amounts of pleasure and pain. I felt like I was there, right there, experiencing every feeling and emotion through the entire story, emotions and feelings so strong they were almost tangible, almost a strong taste in my mouth at

This book had me, on the first page. On so many levels.

First, for the story

The book called for my attention instantly: the setting is unusual, the plot is unusual, the MC are unusual… Ok, we have seen lots of movies with Robin Hood and Little John and Prince John, the Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, etc, etc, etc. But it was striking the idea of a romance with a man instead of Marian.

Marian here is Robin’s sister.

It was strange for me, but I got used to it quickly.

The book has a lot of different parts. That’s bad because it means some of them are awesome, and some of them
Box of Bees
This was a striking, lush, and lovely tale, epic and full of pathos. I thought the world-building was superb, and the writing was beautiful. It loses a star not based on the quality, but because the romance fell a little flat for me. I wasn’t fully convinced as to why Rob cared for Gamelyn so much, beside the fact that they were fated to affect one another’s lives. I found Rob to be a better-developed and more dynamic character than Gamelyn. Rob was a little annoyingly forceful at times, but his ...more
Gerry Burnie
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5 bees

To me 12th-century England was a fascinating time, filled with knights, squires, wizards, and wonderfully mystical religions, all functioning in and around vast, primeval forests where Druids practised their ancient rites. Of these, the Greenwode , by J Tullos Hennig [Dreamspinner Press, January 18, 2013] is probably best known, i.e. all one has to do is add Rob of Loxley (or “Robin Hood”) to comprehend why.

As such, it is somewhat difficult to categorize this genre.
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much good about this book I'm not even sure where to start. First, I'm an old fantasy nerd, and Robin Hood hits it hard. This retelling is fantastic, in both the original meaning of the word and in the awesome meaning of the word.

Let's start with the basics: the language. A minor pet peeve of mine is historical novels where everyone speaks modern English. It just sort of hinders my willing suspension of disbelief. Hennig crafts a world where I can hear the accents in the voices--the
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This is the kind of book you get lost in. The kind that sucks you so completely into its world that you forget about everything in your own. This is the kind of book you never want to end, but can't help racing to finish. The kind of book that makes you rethink every other 5-star rating you have ever given. Because this is the shit. This is the real deal.

But be forewarned, you will need to go on to book two immediately. So call in sick, take some vacation days, do whatever you have to do
Ulysses Dietz
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ken Follett's amazing "Pillars of the Earth" taught us about life in a cathedral town in the middle ages. J. Tullos Henning (another coy name for a female writer of gay male romance) gives us a remarkably deft and literate window into that same medieval world - this time focusing on the social, cultural and religious context of the English middle ages in which Robin Hood was born.

But here, Robin of Loxley is a teenage druidic forest king and Maid Marion is his big sister - and he falls in love
Lisa The Novel Approach
If you love epic fantasy, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. J Tullos Hennig’s writing is nothing less than eloquent, her storytelling nothing less than stellar. This is the sort of book that makes me fall in love with words and language all over again. It’s a story that drew me in from page one and didn’t cut me loose, even when there were no more words left to read.

You can read the rest of this review at The Novel Approach
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
I really loved this book
This is a great retelling of Robin Hood. It's just has the basics in common and everything else is different. I loved Rob and felt for Gamelyn, even as he annoyed me. At least his struggles made sense even if I wanted him to be more assertive. Marion was great for the most part, but I don't like nosy know-it-alls. Somethings aren't your business, I don't care what prophesy you're a part of. I really liked the parents at the beginning but by the end all three were terrible. Though I was still ...more
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings on this one.

First off, I've never read any of the Robin Hood legends, and the only movies I've seen are Prince of Thieves and Men in Tights, so I can't in anyway compare this to the source material aside from the obvious - Marion is Robin's sister, and Rob's gay. I remember John and Will from the PoT movie, but I pretty much don't know who anyone else is. So I'm just going to review this like any other book.

As a fantasy adventure historical, this is great. Very
Julie Sadler
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I wanted very much to love this book. Queer fantasy retellings of folk tales might be my favourite genre of anything, ever. However, my enjoyment of this book was very much hampered by the prose. The phonetic accent for many of the main characters was at best distracting; at worst, it hampered the clarity of the exposition. The narration was often hard to follow for the same reason. The author was trying for a sort of old-timey narration, but it did not work. This book needed a stringent line ...more
ETA: Fourth time reading this (in a year!) and it's even more gripping now. Simply spectacular.

Absolutely amazing. I loved this so much. This is the first book in a spectacularly good historical fantasy series. It's a rich re-telling of the Robin Hood mythology set in twelfth century England and I absolutely loved it. This series is incredibly immersive and it grabbed me by the heart from the very beginning and sucked me in completely. It's magical and completely involving.

This is excellent
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

When the Kinsey Scale is introduced to Sherwood Forest, a whole new set of possibilities open up the traditional patterns and pairings…

Summer is a Cummin In, indeed! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Robin and Marian are siblings raised in a fairly idyllic English village according to the Old Ways, worshiping the ancient gods and goddess of the forest with an understanding that Nature cannot ever be fully controlled.

Meanwhile, in the decidedly controlled world of Norman-England, a third son of a local
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Where to begin… This story was epic! Truly epic! Set in 1180 Yorkshire, Greenwode is the story of Rob of Loxley and Gamelyn before Rob becomes Robyn Hood. It was rich and vibrant and magical. Everything, no matter how mundane seeming at the time, had a place in the story. The lore of the pagans was well told, though I have no idea of its accuracy, and its contrast to the Christian religion poignant. I was so invested in Rob and Gamelyn’s
Jenn (not Lily)
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Yes, it was very well written. Yes, it was interesting and tragic and lovely. And OH MY GOOD LORD, it was so. damn. long! I knew there was no way (view spoiler) I just don't think I can possibly see my way to slogging ...more
Deborah Pickstone
A reinterpretation of the Robin Hood legend, this is a very unevenly written story that veers from writing forsoothly to baldly modern turns of phrase and dialect-speak that moves around the country, making it not credible. Church and a sort of druidic fantasy clash, as do rich and poor. I had no problem with Rob being reinterpreted as gay (even though sexual orientation was a non-existent concept at the time) but I got very irritated by the constant historical howlers around how the people were ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This deserves more than 5 stars. Breathtaking, heartbreaking and a must read for anyone who believes in magic.
Amy Aelleah
DNF - PG 81


Honestly, I'm a romantic and if romance crops up in whatever I'm reading (note: I'm happy enough without it) I want it to make me feel good. Not like I need to shower. I have no current interest in wanting to read this. Picture this: Boy A and boy B meet, become close friends, even if they don't get to spend a lot of time around each other. Five years pass and boy A has been 'sleeping around' (no problems there, it's off screen and he doesn't have any feeling for boy B. Yet.) and
May 15, 2017 added it
I'm not going to select a star rating for this book because, while I didn't like it, I don't think it was the book's fault. I don't want to drag down the book's rating when I can see the obvious quality of the writing. It's just not for me.

I love high fantasy. It was the only thing I read as a teenager, and this seems like exactly the kind of thing I would have adored back then. There's a style to it (with lots of italics and inner musings and two-word paragraphs and intentionally confusing
J. Vaughn
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

I did not even realize this was Robin Hood until I got to the second book. LOL!

It is an extremely well done and unusual version of the story and holds up just fine on its own. I read this book with my heart in my mouth because I was sure bad things were going to happen. In fact, the first time I started reading this, I put it down just a few chapters in, not because it wasn't great, but because I wasn't sure I was ready to handle the bad that was coming. Happily, I picked it up again
Okay. When I say I love Robin Hood, I mean...I *really* love Robin Hood. So a gay Robin Hood retelling? Sign me the eff up. This book was an explosion of terrific prose, gorgeous relationships, and enough angst to turn your heart into a crumbling mess of pain and mush. I was riveted by this and the fact that the audiobook reader (Ross Pendleton) was one of the most fantastic readers I've ever heard just added to the allure of this story. No seriously, Ross is incredible. His accents and ...more
gay robin hood: sounded pretty promising, was well written and had appropriate ambiance for a celtic setting. but alas it was too angsty for me. perfect for readers who can deal w reading about internalized homophobia and heartbreak between the main pairing, though. fear not, i'm pretty sure the series has a positive ending.
LD  Durham
I enjoyed reading this, but I'm not sure I want to keep on with the story. These things can get so dark. I may come back to the series, but for now, I'll leave it here.
Otherwise, I loved the pagan aspects, the naturalness, and the atmosphere of this novel. It was well done and a pleasure to read, except for the dark bits.
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J Tullos Hennig has maintained varied professions over a lifetime—artist, dancer, teacher, equestrian—but has never successfully managed to not be a writer.

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“Because if Rob was going to hell, Gamelyn wasn't going to let him go alone.” 5 likes
“you asked me once what I believe in. I believe in this." Rob raised their hands, laced together like an embroidered bodice. "I believe in this." First a kiss to their hands, then a kiss to Gamelyn's pale shoulder, then one against his cheek... and said, hoarsely, "I believe in you." From fear to love.” 2 likes
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