No king. No rules.
England, 1191. King Richard is half a world away, fighting for God and his own ambition. Back home, his country languishes, bankrupt and on the verge of anarchy. People with power are running unchecked. People without are growing angry. And in Nottingham, one of the largest shires in England, the sheriff seems intent on doing nothing about it.
How do I describe a book that has such clever turns of phrase that constantly had me reading whole passages aloud just to delight in the pure Englishness of it all? How do I describe the multitude of ...more
The story begins in a very ...more
Possibly you don’t remember much more.
But even if you do, even if can you remember the movie(s) in photographic detail, Nottingham will still prove you know nothing. Nottingham’s story goes so deep and wide that all of those images ...more
When I first read The Mists of Avalon (awfulness of MZB aside), it was a transformative experience because it was the story I thought needed to be told. That's exactly what Nottingham is to the Robin Hood legacy. And the way that Nathan Makaryk writes is clever, cutting, and just plain gorgeous.
There are some elements you never saw coming (no spoilers here), but everything is exactly as it should be.
This is one of those special books. It's not one you borrow, it's one you keep on your ...more
Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Nottingham, by Nathan Makaryk, is the best Robin Hood story I've ever read (although it is my first Robin Hood read). Makaryk took an old, legendary story that's already been retold in numerous formats, and turned it into a realistic historical fiction.
This was more of a tragedy, than anything else. Unlike any other Robin Hood tale, there was no real "bad guy". That's what made this so fascinating. It was told through multiple perspectives, and each one ...more
At once an adventure thriller that keeps the pages turning late into the night as well as a socioeconomic quagmire that rings true today. Makaryk brings the ...more
(This review contains pretty important spoilers. They are safe in desktop mode, but app users beware.)
This book had many things that I liked and enjoyed. It's told from multiple perspectives, and about half of the POVs were women. As a story, Robin Hood lore traditionally has very few women, and I always appreciate the addition of more women to even out the cast of male characters.
Something that surprised me while I was reading this book was how the storytelling ...more
So those are the aspects I think needed improvement. However, I also liked a number of components. First off, the characterization of Prince John was very amusing. The villains ...more
At the heart of Nottingham is, of course, the legend of Robin Hood. This Robin Hood tale, is unlike the ones you’ve read or watched before. In Nottingham, Maid Marion takes an active role in the formation of the “merry men ...more
Written with skill and polish, the author has taken the familiar Robin Hood stories and built them out to a taut, cohesive 500 pages. I laughed out loud, I wiped tears from my cheek on the subway, and I nearly got myself killed walking and reading at the same time.
Can’t wait for his next one.
Nathan Makaryk retells the legend of Robin Hood in a way that you've never dreamed of, heard of, read of, or watched. He puts you in the mind and in the shoes of every character, and makes ...more
I won an advanced copy of this book from BookishFirst. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. The story dragged on a bit at times, and was also a bit unclear sometimes. I enjoyed reading from several characters' perspectives and comparing events in the book with events in the animated Disney film. There were several instances where the author seemed to poke fun at the film. One included a squire suggesting that the sheriff hold an archery contest to lure Robin Hood out of hiding. ...more
This book was honestly amazing. This by far was the best retelling of the classic Robin Hood that I have ever read and probably will ever read.
Not only was this wonderfully written but I felt as though Nathan really nailed the characters on the head. Their mannerisms, personality and their character traits were brilliant and you could actually picture them in your head as the story played out.
You also get introduced to the politics of it all and how the characters to where they ...more
I am still in shock (and awe!) because of that ending! Do yourselves a favor and add this one to your TBR, this is easily one of the best Robin Hood-inspired stories I've read.
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I've read and watched a fair number of Robin Hood-inspired stories and retellings in my lifetime, and Nottingham has officially become one of the best that I've ever read. I've found that it is difficult to get this story just right and although many retellings come ...more
Wow. This book was not at all what I was expecting. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, but to just label it as that would be great disservice. This novel explores how legends are created, how politics work--on a global scale and on an individual one, how people's opinions are formed and how that motivates their actions, and how there never really is "a bad guy" and "a good guy."
The book begins with Richard the Lionheart on his ...more
I loved this book all the way through! Thinking (and knowing) that this was going to be my favorite book of the year! And in most of my thoughts, it still is ONE of my favorite books...However, the last part of the book with its twists, turns and treachery left me somewhat angry. And then I thought, "but isn't that the major ingredient for a good book? One that evokes emotions?". With that ...more
“I wanted you to show me what you expected from a Robin Hood story, so I could hold your hand as we tore it to pieces.” -excerpt from Author’s Note
One thing I particularly liked is how Makaryk destroyed the reader’s expectations of the story. Here is one such gem in the book:
“Have you not heard?” John asked [...] “All the villagers talk about Robin Hood and Marion’s Men.”...more
“Marion’s Men? I did hear that,” [Robin] mumbled. “ But I thought… I must have heard them wrong, I thought they called you
What is Nottingham? Not so much a retelling of the legend as a fictional exploration of the history behind the legend, bursting with life and surprises. Nothing is, ultimately, what you think. It’s interestingly a tale of our own time, too, where people are so caught up in what they know and so utterly devoid of the truths that others know, so caught up in what’s good (or not) for them that they miss the truth ...more
"For Much will ride with thee,
And all can be together,
If no man die for me.”