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Herrin der Wälder (Sherwood #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,603 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion begins...

He is Sir Robery Locksley--the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery,
Paperback, 631 pages
Published 1995 by Heyne (first published September 1st 1992)
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Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberson's retelling of the legend of Robin Hood will please all fans of the classic tale. It doesn't re-imagine or mess with the characters or their motivations - the people here are familiar friends and enemies - but their story is fleshed out to a grandly epic 600+ pages of enjoyment. (And there's a sequel, too! (Lady of Sherwood)).

I felt the book was influenced by the original BBC Robin Hood series (from the 80's) as well as older version of the stories. The books strikes an excellent balan
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been ages since I last encountered something so tone-deaf to the natural cadence of English. Five pages in and I burst out laughing at this:

The sheriff raised a single eloquent eyebrow. “Did he teach you that? Did he also teach you the sword?”
She knew precisely what he meant, though not long ago she had known nothing at all of hardship or the harsh argot of such men. Now she knew, and spoke it, answering him in kind with cool self-possession, fully cognizant of what admission could mean. “T
LADY OF THE FOREST is my second favorite Robin Hood retelling, after The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. I've talked about Roberson's Sword-Dancer saga here before, but her historicals are written in such a markedly different style from her SF/F that they deserve their own discussion. I also discovered her through this book and will always be glad I picked it up that day, despite how thick it was, and despite the cover featuring Marian's neverending braids. Actually, I think it's quite a ...more
Sarah Mac
Authors who care deeply about historical accuracy are often faced with a dilemma: to relate documented facts in a cut-and-dried fashion that quite often harms the story's dramatic potential, or to use history like a crazy quilt, stitching together truthful passages with the fictional ones. I have employed the latter method. [-from Roberson's afterword]

This is an extremely wordy & slow-moving novel, but ultimately worth the effort. If pressed for a succinct analogy, I'd call Lady of the For
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent re-telling of the Robin Hood myth, with more emphasis on his motivations behind becoming an outlaw rather than the actual acts of stealing. Despite what the new cover looks like, this is not a mere romance novel. It's a very detailed historical fiction that Jennifer Roberson did a lot of research to make it feel real, and it shows. Of course, it's not going to be the exact same Robin Hood myth that people are familiar with, considering there's so many versions of the story floating ...more
Brian Durfee
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did this book escape my notice for so long? I am a fan of Jennifer Roberson and have read most of her other books. Truth is, I was aware of this book since it was released in 1992. I really think it was the girly romance cover art that made me balk at reading it. But girly romance this is not. I compare to Pillars of the Earth or even Game of Thrones for writing style and historical depth. A very well written book on Robin Hood. And other than Stephen Lawhead's HOOD, this is the only other n ...more
Regan Walker
An Opus Telling of the Robin Hood Legend, Rich in Historical Detail

Set in Nottinghamshire in 1194, at 608 pages, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be… and the love story of Sir Robert (Robin) of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep. In the words of the author, it’s “…a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to the more familiar adventures depicted in novels…” And so it is.

The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail: Alan of the Dales, Little Jo

Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson is the first of my goalwar this year - to read the oldest books on my shelf, or rather, the ones that have been in my life the longest that remain unread. I think I purchased this before moving out of my parents' home and I have since been living on my own well over a decade. Yeah. I've probably owned this book fifteen years. It's ostensibly a book about Maid Marion (spelled Marian in this version) and Robin Hood. It centers on Marian in a way that reminds
Ever since I read Howard Pyle's Robin Hood story in school (just one of many excellent books I read in school), I've been fascinated with the Robin Hood story. This is one of the best retellings of the myth anywhere. Jennifer Roberson explores how such a disparate group of individuals could come to form a band of merry men in an age when social distinctions and class ruled one's life and actions. As such, it's more about how this group came to steal together then about the actual stealing. What ...more
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant look at the Robin Hood legend, mostly from the point of view of Marian. It really helps you understand what life would be like back then: the fear and uncertainty of having a king risking his life in a far-off land, the restrictions of being a lady of this era, and horrors of war. Robin has battle-flashbacks and a recurring fever he contracted in the Holy Land. Amazing book.
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Jennifer Mitchell Roberson O'Green is an author of fantasy and historical literature. Roberson has lived in Arizona since 1957. She grew up in Phoenix, but in 1999 relocated to Flagstaff. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northern Arizona University. Roberson had spent her final semester in England at the University of London. This enabled her to do indepth research at castles ...more
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“Now she knew, and spoke it, answering him in kind with cool self-possession, fully cognizant of what the admission could mean. “The fleshly sword, yes. But he also taught me what you cannot: what it is to love a man.” Dull color stained his face. Her thrust had gone home cleanly, and more deeply than she had hoped.

Her matter-of-fact confirmation of his crude insinuation turned the blade back on him. His eyes glittered in flame. “Do you know what I see?”

She knew very well what he saw. She named it before he could. “Robin Hood’s whore,” she answered. “And grateful for the honor.”
“In that instant Marian was swept up by the need to touch him, to reach out and press flesh to flesh, finger to finger; to close her hand on his arm so she could feel the warmth and vigor beneath the tunic sleeve. She wanted to know without question he was living, breathing, and hers.” 3 likes
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