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The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn
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Warnings: child abuse and kidnapping; violence

The Ghosts of Sherwood has the story set in the time of Robin Hood's children, the eldest of whom, Mary is 16. Years have passed since his rebellion, and he has an uneasy truce with the current King, that is tested occasionally at royal gatherings. While the main character is Mary and her siblings, it also tells the story from the parents' side, partly to fill in some blanks but also to sort of tell their story in an 'after the ending' sort of way. Mary grew up listening to her parents' legends, but she is not sure if they are all true, or whether the ghost of Sherwood is an actual ghost. When she and her siblings are kidnapped by Robin's enemies, she has to work to protect her siblings from the kidnappers's wrath, while Eleanor, the youngest, has some tricks up her sleeve. The story is pretty straightforward - first establishing the tensions at court, the uneasiness around Robin's presence and then the kids being taken, followed by their rescue/getting away. It feels very short and more like an introduction than a whole story, and yes, it is a novella, but I've read novellas that were substantial with their short lengths, too.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Tor Books, via Netgalley.

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Reading Progress

March 4, 2020 – Shelved
March 4, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
March 4, 2020 – Shelved as: arcs
June 1, 2020 – Started Reading
June 3, 2020 – Finished Reading
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020rc-ngew
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020rc-new-release
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020rc-seriestf
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: 2020rc-retellings
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: historical
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: novella
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: retelling
June 4, 2020 – Shelved as: young-adult

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