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Walk the Wild With Me

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In this new historical fantasy, a young man must use the power granted by a goddess to infiltrate the realm of Faery and save a kidnapped victim before the door is sealed once again.

Orphaned when still a toddler, Nicholas Withybeck knows no other home than Locksley Abbey outside Nottingham, England. He works in the scriptorium embellishing illuminated manuscripts with hidd
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by DAW
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Miranda Reads
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Nick blinked again, and all the dancers reverted to their fae forms. Another blink and they resumed their humanity.
Nick Withybeck spent his entire life in Locksley Abby, surrounded by monks and raised to (potentially) be a priest.

However, he's always known, deep down, that he was something different. Something...other.

And after a hair-raising adventure...he finds out exactly how other he truly is.
...the key to opening the Faery Mound on the night of Midsummer when m
I have to say first off that I am a Robin Hood nerd. I did an undergrad thesis on Robin Hood in ye olde days of 1989. Errol Flynn is responsible for my love of both Robin Hood and pirates. I am also very much a Celtic folklore nerd, especially when it comes to the fey folk. Have been since I was in my early teens. So when I saw this book, I obviously jumped on it. And it is so close to the story that I would have written if I had either the talent or the drive that I could cry with happiness.It' ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF'd @ page 55

I wanted to love Walk the Wild With Me by Rachel Atwood, but unfortunately it just wasn't working at all for me. I mean, it's a historical fantasy retelling that combines Robin Hood with faeries. The potential for this is outstanding, but it was way too dull and boring for my tastes.

Brittany Smith
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for granting me an ARC. Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars so I bumped it to a 3.
I’m in a Fae kick lately and it sounded like something I would like based on the synopsis, however reading it proved that it has elements of the Robin Hood folktale. I’m not all too familiar with the legend other than Disney’s animal animation rendition and have no great interest in it.
It was an interesting premise: Wild folk and the church at odds, the Faery mound, old England
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Woah I actually read this book in less than a week :D

I was really excited to read this book and, although it was fun, it didn't fully live up to my standards.
-1 star for not enough background information and character development. I was very confused at the start of the book and felt like I was reading a book that was the second book in a series, not a stand-alone book, because characters and settings were kind of thrown in with none to barely any background.

-1 star for contradictions in the st
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Magical and dreamy story
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In this new historical fantasy, a young man must use the power granted by a goddess to infiltrate the realm of faerie and save the kidnap victim before the door sealed once again.

This book was a mysterious twist on Robinhood that I'd never seen before. I really enjoyed every second of this book but I felt as if it was missing something I'm just not sure what! still if you are into historical fantasy you need to pick up this book when it goes on sale December 3rd 2019 just in time for Christmas i
A college literature class on W. B. Yeats turned me onto faerie stories and the strange myths that surround the creatures in the British Isles. In this enchanting novel Rachel Atwood spun a faerie tale that also invokes the legend of Robin Hood and some of his fellows from Nottingham with a dive into history. I really enjoyed Nick’s venture into the Wild and learning why the Wild Folk draw him in so easily. The perspective of storytelling jumps around often between multiple characters — Nick, Tu ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun story with a new twist to the Robin hood theme. A good clean adventure
Bonnie Tarteocitron
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Sep 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: grab-bag-books
1.5 stars rounded down. (The extra half star is for Leo Nickolls, who did the cover design, which is awesome.)

This book has a premise with a lot of potential, but it's poorly executed both in content and in the quality of the writing. In theory it's a retelling of the Robin Hood fable, but with a backdrop of faeries and dryads, except it doesn't really deliver on either.

The main character is tween/teen Nick, who carts around a minor goddess, Elena, in tiny a silver cup (or maybe it's a pitcher,
Joy Pixley
This book was disappointing. I'm squarely in the target audience for this theme and was expecting to enjoy it. The cover looked so great – magical mystical forest! It combined a new take on the Robin Hood characters with Queen Mab of the Fairies, both of which I love. How great is that? So the premise was great, but the execution really failed for me.

For one thing, the promise of the Robin Hood theme wasn't paid off. Atwood went with the Robin Goodfellow fairy version, but even so we got very li
Walk The Wild With me is about a boy named Nick, who finds the vessel of an ancient goddess in a secret room of the abbey in which he lives and learns. With the help of this goddess, Nick learns about the magic of the Woodwose, the forest folk, and of his true heritage. He joins up with the members of Robin Hood's men of Sherwood, turned into fae folk by Atwood's imagination. Little John is the Green Man; Tuck is an abbot turned wild; Will Scarlett is a magical songbird; and Robin Goodfellow him ...more
Kiri Alvarado
Apr 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book had so much potential. Robin Hood, faeries, the Green Man, monasticism vs. pagan ... it all sounded so awesome and right up my alley when I pulled it off the shelf at the library.

This book is well written in the way that waffle maker manuals are well written. Apart from a few continuity errors, everything was fine, just boring. So boring it was infuriating, as this book SHOULD have been so much more interesting. This book is a good example of the reason why people say "show, don't tell
Sonny Br
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a nice read for fantasy fans, followers of folklore and Anglophiles (all of which include me, for what it's worth). Mortals, aided by Robin Goodfellow, The Green Man and Father Tuck, try to defeat cruel faerie Queen Mab. In this telling, certain characters are magical creatures who can take the form of humans. For example, Robin Hood is the human form of the gnomish Robin Goodfellow, Little John is The Green Man (and also a tree) and so on. Herne the Huntsman makes a few brief appearance ...more
Susannah Anderson
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting concept but woof the editor needs to be fired for letting this be published as is. Some revisions to the plot, pacing, and writing style would make it much nicer to read. One of my main complaints is that there's a lot of telling through the characters' dialogues rather than showing through action. The lore of the story is fascinating to me because of the mix of fantasy and history and I'd like to see stories like this with the revisions it deserves. ...more
Lisa Tollefson
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
Enjoyable. Not great, and I'm not left wanting to find more by her, but I wouldn't turn one down either. It's an interesting take on the Robin Hood tales, mixed with some possible history of the wood folk and the fairies being pushed out by the ongoing infestation of humans. Some intriguing ideas, and the story help together pretty well. Thank you for timelines in the chapters. I would have been lost else ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Decided not to carry on past chapter 3 as the writing and story thus far are unimaginative and the voice uninspiring. Would this have read better if I were a bigger fan of Robin Hood? I doubt it. I like how it included subjects such as the abbey and magical elements, but then again I’m not very interested in carrying on with these bland characters. This might be best for a younger reader.
Chad Thomsen
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved the unique new spin on an old childhood story. Only gave it 4 out of 5 due to the fact the the conclusion felt rushed. I feel this novel could have easily been spread out over two, possibly three volumes as this unique spin left a lot of room for embellishments! All and all, I’m sure I will read it again and will definitely recommend it to others. Gods book!
Natalie Williams
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deftly written mash-up of Robin Hood and Queen Mab's Fairies. Did you know garderobe was a medieval term for lavatory? Atwood's style is fluid and mesmerizing and her ability to immerse the reader in her web of woven magic is incomparable. Well done! ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't know what it is about this book that just couldn't always hold my full attention. I'm not super knowledgeable about all the Robin Hood and fairy legends its based on, but I don't know if that enhanced or diminished my enjoyment of the book. ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good use of old folklore with a new story. This is a unique use of the characters of Robin Hood. I enjoyed the build to the climax much more than the event itself, but otherwise, I really liked it.
While an interesting premise, mixing the Robin Hood legends with the Fair Folk, it feels like an unfinished draft. There are many pieces, but they don't quite fit together, some are missing and some seem to be from another puzzle that got mixed in. ...more
Great concept but just kind of... meh upon reading it. For having so many POVs I would have preferred something longer with more in-depth character studies, and a more exciting plot. Things were just kind of glossed over and it was hard to have any kind of real connection with the characters.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
A very intriguing take on the classic tale of Robin Hood. It was enjoyable, but for some reason I felt it a bit disjointed at times.
Juliet Brown
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clever and beautifully written new look at the Robin Hood mythos
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF at 48% bored
Echo Weller
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked Robin Hood being intertwined with the Faery world.
I felt the storyline did not live up to what was hinted at. I felt that the plot was bland and rambling.
Ned Stenger White
Though the concept is fascinating, something is lacking in the execution. The novel felt a bit scattered and disconnected to me. There is some lovely writing, though.
Anna Nolley
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Returned book. Just couldn’t get into this one
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