'Immensely satisfying' Kate Elliott, author of King's Dragon
Someone is murdering the Merry Men . . .
It's been a mostly quiet life since Robin Hood put aside his pregnant wife Marian, turned his back on his Merry Men and his former life and retreated to a monastery to repent his sins . . . although no one knows what was so heinous he would leave behind Sherwood Forest...more
12 years on from being abandoned by Robin Hood, Maid Marion is happy raising her children, and helping the people of Sherwood Forest in the ways she can with her special powers of magic and relationship with the Fae. When Friar Tuck comes to Marion with terrible news of the deaths of several of their friends in mysterious circumstances, Marion ends up on a journey with her ex-husband, a tricksy Fae lord and a sullen ...more
The mythology of Robin Hood is twisted in delightfully fresh ways in Moyer's Brightfall. Picking up about a decade after the disbanding of the Merry Men, the book finds Maid Marian as a mother of twins and a competent witch. (Let me emphasis the competent bit, as that was one of the joys of this book--she's darn good with magic and a savvy lady. This isn't a book with a Too Stupid to Live lead character.) Robin Hood is her children's father, but he ...more
Brightfall is a part murder mystery, part Robin Hood retelling told from the perspective of Robins ex-wife, Maid Marian. The story is set in the depths of the enchanted Sherwood Forest, which is ruled by Fae and filled to the brim with malicious ...more
In spite of the magical trappings, the book is at its best when it focuses on the ...more
It is not your usual kind of Robin Hood. There is magic, dragons and Fae. But the Church is winning ground, men are turning to logic and magic is dying and will be forgotten. So maybe this is what really happened then.
Marian is a witch, she lives with her twins in Sherwood since Robin annulled their marriage 12 years ago and went to live in a monastery. Luckily ...more
Set many years after King Richard's return to England - and 12 years after Robin Hood left his family to retreat into a monastery - this story is told from Marian's point of view, and it really is deliciously fun, magical and absorbing. (It even has a fabulous dragon in Sherwood Forest!) I had a couple of very tiny nitpicks along the way, but honestly, by the time I sat down to write this review, I couldn't bear to even write any of them out because they're SO small by comparison to ...more
Jaime's style draws me in with her emotionally centered female characters and Brightfall is no exception to this rule. Told from Marian's point of view, the book puts a neat twist on the Robin tale with lots of references to Celtic magic and Robin Hood lore. The characters and their motivations are solid and believable, yet wrapped in ...more
Twelve years ago, after their days with the Merry Men, Robin renounced Marian leaving her to fend for herself and their unborn twins, to go into a monastery. It had been her magic had kept them safe from the Sheriff of Nottingham as they hid in Sherwood Forest. But now something is killing their friends. Tuck asks Marian to find out who is weaving the murderous curse before anyone else dies. Marian knows the ways of the fae and the other creatures of magic, ...more
One thing I feel, is that the best way to read this novel is to release all expectations and holds to the Robin Hood story that you may have in your heart and enjoy it for its own unique story. The Robin Hood in these pages is not the Merry Man of his Sherwood days and he has issues (some of them would make any feminist and even faintest pro choice supporter gnash their teeth) (view spoiler)[I will say ...more
I immediately fell in love with this historical fantasy inspired by the legends of Robin Hood. Its green cover design showing a map of Sherwood and the surrounding environs was beautiful and enticed me to enter Moyers rich reimagining of how Robin, Marian and their companions lives turned out.
Twelve years before the events of Brightfall, Robin had his marriage to ...more
Now, the Merry Men are dying, and Marian wants to get to the bottom of it, before her own children come into danger. Its time to find Robin again- even if ...more
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy
As a child I adored Robin hood and the merry men, so when I saw this I was keen to read. I'm really conflicted though, TBH if it wasn't about Robin and co I'd have enjoyed it far more but for me its Robin and Marion and a HEA and its hard to see them apart.
Even harder is the ar se Robin has become. He's like a spoiled child, afraid of his own shadow, sullen, rude to everyone and with a really Entitled ...more
It reads like a re-telling/fairytale paired with adventure and a bit of thriller.
I flew through this and at some point I'll re-read it, which is the highest rating I personally can give a book.
Moyers novel allows us to discover the people behind the legends. The adventures that everyone is ...more
Jaime Lee Moyer folds in familiar characters as she sets up her tale. We meet Tuck and Little John; Marian mourns Will Scarlet (whose death instigates her quest); theres even a sly nod ...more
I absolutely loved this.
I've long been a fan of Jaime Lee Moyer's work, because her characters are so well rounded that they feel like people you're sitting and having tea with. This novel does that with characters that we think we already know.
If you ever wondered what happened to Maid Marian and Robin Hood after their happily ever after, this is a murder mystery set in Sherwood from Marian's point of view, roughly 10 years after ...more
Im not going to lie, I really wasnt impressed with this book. Its got so many faults and flaws that the few shining moments it does have dont really raise it above a two-star rating, in my opinion. And honestly, this is a hell of a shame, because the basic premise has so much promise and so much to offer.
Robin Hood and his Merry Men have broken up and gone ...more
As a member of the once-vibrant fandom for the BBC's late Robin Hood TV show, this novel brought up a lot of ...more
The book opens with Marian, who lives with her two children in the heart of Sherwood Forest receiving some devastating news. Will Scarlett is dead from mysterious causes. This is ...more
Moyer effectively establishes Marions character so that I ...more
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an arc of this book.
This was an enjoyable read!
Robin Hood, curses, the fae and magic are mixed together in a really unique way, and I really enjoyed the mixture of source material and new ideas. This wasn't quite a retelling as it was set after the original stories of Robin Hood, so it added something special to this story.
Brightfall mixed English folklore at its best with a compelling story filled with grief, revenge, magic ...more