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The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale

(Outlaws of Avalon #1)

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Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die. Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself. Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur’s court are in fact who they profess to be. Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.

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Paperback, 468 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Ever On Word
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Angela C
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Because I’m on a life-long quest to find and devour books about Robin Hood and his Merry Men, I was delighted to stumble upon The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale. A Renaissance Faire populated by living legends like King Arthur, Merlin, and the dashing Robin Hood? Count me in!

At the start of the story, newly orphaned minstrel Allyn-a-Dale is brought, rather unexpectedly, to the mystical Avalon. Avalon is a “place of
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Tirzah Duncan
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For fans of the Merry Men, Ren Faires, or lighthearted, magic-just-around-the-bend urban fantasy, The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale is an automatic win.

As with all of D.E. Shipley’s works, characters are the driving force behind the unique story and beautiful style–and as usual, they are individual, charming, and full of life.

Meet Allyn-a-Dale, a young minstrel whose heart is fresh from a tragedy. He’s just as freshly fallen from the magical secrets of his own world, and into the magical secrets of a
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Sunshine Somerville
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I needed. It’s rare that I wish I could rate a book over 5 stars, but this is one of them. It’s a perfect blend of action, humor, quirky twists on mythology, and great characterization. I literally laughed out loud more than once, and this book was a pure pleasure the whole way through.

We all know some other attempts at modernizing the legends of Robin Hood and also Merlin/Arthur, but this one was nothing I expected. Dropping these characters into our contemporary
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Marian Thorpe
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
For a delightful and amusing quick read, Danielle E. Shipley's newest book, The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale, will be hard to beat if you – as I do – enjoy suspending disbelief and going along for the ride. The founding conceit of the story – that Faerie has turned the isle of Avalon into a space where the great heroes of British mythology: Arthur, Merlin, Robin Hood and his band – are unaffected by time and mortality, and that this protected place is further hidden in the 21st century by disguising ...more
R.R. Willica
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely fantastic. I can't say it any other way. Shipley uses wonderful tone to tell the tale. Her writing reminds me of a more classic form of literature, although not as heavy and difficult to wade through. She often gives asides to the fourth wall to make humorous commentary as well, which gives you the impression of having the story told you. It is very much like a performer at a Renaissance Faire, who pretends to speak Olde English, but then reminds you that we are still in ...more
Juneta Key
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Don't go into this tale expecting a typical Robin Hood tale. It was not what I had expected so I was slow to get into it because it was different, but the prose is beautiful done, very poetic. It is mostly told from the point of view of a minstrel, in the manner of a bard's tale except for one chapter where the author switches to Maid Marion's head briefly. It’s a mix of more than one world, a bit mystical and elemental in the literal story. There were modern elements and language thrown in. I ...more
Laure Estep
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robin-hood
This is not your traditional Robin Hood tale. Rather this fairy-tale flavored fantasy adds in layers of magic, mythology and multiple universes to the usual Merry Men mischief and adventure. Sweet, soulful Allyn-a-Dale, our young minstrel hero, guides us through the tale as though it were a ballad of old. The story is structured into stanzas rather than chapters, and there's a lyrical quality to the prose. It is fun, humorous, and at times surprisingly tender. Thoroughly delightful.

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M.J. Fifield
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a lot of fun, and highly original. There is some seriously beautiful prose to be found in these pages. Looking forward to Book 2...
Lisa
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pop-fiction
I wanted to read this book ever since the words "Renaissance Faire" hit me. Add Robin Hood to it, and you hooked me. Shipley's Ren Faire happens to be the one I've visited several times, so the added bonus of physically being with the characters when they weren't out figuring out how to maneuver in the modern world, was extra fun.

Shipley's fantastical tale is a combination fan fiction meets Neil Gaiman fantasy as her characters are borne of other worlds, times, and places. They live, love, and
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Nancy Nosek
Not your father's Allyn. Unless you were lucky and have been caught by the Ren Faire bug.

Typically a supporting player in the Robin Hood story, here Allyn-a-Dale takes center stage in a clever and creative variation that entwines not only the Merry band, but the world of Renaissance Faires, and fantastical elements of magical storytelling that gives life and form to the Sun and Winds. They are swirled together in a fun story with dimensional characters and realistic and funny dialogue. The
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dawn rahe
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale (Outlaws of Avalon, #1)
by Danielle E. Shipley This book was a surprise. A minstrel name Allyn -A- Dale finds himself leaving his homeland by wind arriving in Avalon. The Renaissance Faire of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and Maid Marion of course. They except Allyn as their own. Excitement, adventures and mysteries unfold. This book was a page turner and one recommended as a wonderful read I am proud to have on my shelf.
Mihir
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fbc-spfbo-3
This was a unique book with regards to its plot and settings as it mixed the Robin Hood mythos within an urban fantasy setting. The story however was a bit drier than I would have liked and the pace was also on the slower side. Hence this book didn’t work for me.
CommonBookSense
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't make it too, too far into The Ballad of Allyn-A-Dale because it was rather hard for me to follow. I don't know if it was the new twist on the fantasy genre, or the way it was written. It jumped back in time without really any explanation (that I found)....So I moved on to my next book.

It had a very...willowy feel to it...does that make sense? When I was reading, the words and how they flowed made me imagine a willowy, graceful woman dancing. It was really amazing how everything flowed
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Danielle E. Shipley – author of fairy tales retold, legends reimagined, and other expressions of wishful thinking. In the past, she’s worked as a librarian in a kindergarten, a Towne Crier in a Renaissance Faire, and a butler in Germany. In another universe, she’s a tenor on Broadway, a wandering minstrel, or at the very least a Dark Lord singing about world domination. Born, raised, and ...more

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