Robin Hood's Dawn: Book One in The Robin Hood Trilogy

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley and would like to thank them for the opportunity to read a most enjoyable book.

Almost everyone has heard the classic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry band of men who stole from the rich and gave to the poor while battling with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, the beautiful Maid Marian,
I was born and grew up in England and even visited Sherwood Forest a few times. This story was one of my favorite’s, I found this version of the story very refreshing much to my surprise.
Robin Hood’s Dawn was exceptionally well written read and it not only creates a Robin that I found myself relating with more than any other...

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Characters

What’s not to love about Robin Hood? There’s something charming and engaging about the legend from England. In this book he is presented with a wonderful, boyish charm and a brilliant relationship with his friends. He’s provided with political enemies and motivation to fight for what is right. While I would argue he is not the protagonist of the book (It is certainly an ensamble), he is the focus.

Marion in this book is my favourite portrayal outside of the Disney animation. I’ve always struggled with how other books and film represent her, where as in Robin Hood’s Dawn, the characteristic of head strong woman does not conflict with her feminity,

Plot

The plot does exactly...

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Of course the basic story of Robin Hood is a good one and I enjoy a maid Marion's transition from delicate flower to empowered woman, I do not care for the excessive reiteration of the titles and land holdings of all the characters, I don't feel that it adds to the story but rather detracts. I would read book two when it comes out.
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First, I must say that the Historical Fiction section was never my go to in the bookstore. I always gravitated more towards Young Adult or Romance. However, I am truly glad that I was offered a chance to read and review this book. It took me away from my norm and allowed me to experience a new world. 

This book takes you back to a time of malevolent kings and revengeful knights. The writing was so good that it felt as though you were right along side Robin Hood and his band of merry men in Sherwood Forest. 

I can't wait to read the rest of this trilogy. And I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an escape from the norm.
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When I was approached about reading this book, I was only vaguely familiar with the story of Robin Hood. I watched the Disney movie and I read some Robin Hood books when I was a kid. I knew he took from the rich and gave to the poor, but that was just a small part of this story. This book gave so much more fascinating details about Robin Hood.

I loved the background of the characters that was given at the beginning. The characters all had so much depth, because their family histories were told before they were introduced. I enjoy English historical fiction, so I really liked this story.

The story wasn’t just about Robin Hood. It really talked about the royal issues at the time, such as...

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This is a retelling of Robin Hood’s legend and a pretty good one at that. I am vaguely familiar with the outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor and who had problems with the Sheriff of Nottingham (and that episode of Doctor Who with Robin Hood and the robots :)).

Anyway. The book is interesting although I had a lot of problems in the beginning – it featured a lot of characters I did not know and did not know how much of an effort I should put in remembering their names. It might have been a bit too long as I thin it should have come to the hero of the book a bit faster.

That was one of my biggers issues with the book. At times it rushed forwards and at other times it was...

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I'd like to extend my thanks to NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this novel.
Robin Hood's Dawn is the origin story of the popular folk hero that we all know and love. Sadly, this story does him no justice. Which is truly disappointing, because this book has moments of great depth, then there's an ABSURDLY SAPPY love scene.
Now, I love a sappy love scene but the love scenes in this novel are the sickeningly sweet nightmares of Queen Eleanor's very worst bard. There are some excellent action scenes, with some very good descriptions of medieval Acre. Sword fights, arguments, and beatings clash violently with all the lovey-dovey googly eyes.
This book...

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Accused of murdering Lady Marian's father, Robin is sentenced to death in a public hanging. When he is rescued by John Little and his men, Robin becomes an outlaw, pledging to destroy sheriff Argentan and his accomplices, Gisborne and Payan without killing. He decides to make their lives so difficult that they will leave Nottingham and end their tyranny of the common people.
This is an intriguing story of how Robin and the sheriff of Nottingham ended up opposite each other and is full of many surprising twists. It is quite a different take on the usual Robin Hood legend. I have my own suspicions for the direction book 2 will take!
I haven't read a lot of historical fiction but I...

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Though I am a massive fan of any and all retellings, this reading experience was a bit different than usual. I have not actually read any Robin Hood stories yet, so I went into this knowing far less about the original source material. Typically, I don’t read retellings when I have such a small amount of knowledge of the story it’s trying to retell. However, after reading the synopsis of this novel, I absolutely could not pass it up—and I am extremely glad that I didn’t, for multiple reasons.

First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed my general reading experience. This exciting story and its memorable cast of characters, this fictional adventure embedded in historical fact—it all works...

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I've always been a huge fan of Robin Hood and unfortunately, haven't come across a lot of re-tellings so, when I saw Robin Hood's dawn, I was ecstatic! I was extremely excited to start reading it immediately and I was not disappointed. I was a bit confused at the beginning because it took me a couple of chapters to get used to the writing style and the language used but, once I did, everything was great! It was like Robin Hood's Dawn actually transported me to that era with its detailed descriptions and vivid images.

I got immersed in the story and how accurately written it was and I really appreciated the explanations given for terms that I wasn't really familiar...

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Robin Hood has been one of the popular culture's folk heroes. We have seen him as a subject of ballads, films, and books. Robin has been known as a highly skilled archer and swordsman, who robs the rich and gives it to the poor alongside his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest. However, have you ever wondered what is Robin's life before he fought injustice and oppression with his band?

Robin Hood's Dawn by authors Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer gives so many answers to these types of questions while remaining true to the story. The story highlights how Robin faced deceit, conspiracies, and an impending war while upholding his own morality and loyalty to the king and...

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and any thoughts on this books are completely my own.

Almost everyone has heard the classic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry band of men who stole from the rich and gave to the poor while battling with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, the beautiful Maid Marian and the war of France that King Richard was battling with. I always wondered what the back story could have been on Robin Hood and what let him to do the things he was doing.

This book was just what I was looking for because it not only gave a back story as to why France was so at war with England but also who Robin Hood could have been and the story behind what...

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I remember seeing Robin Hood films. I also watched the a cartoon series about Robin Hood when I was very young.
This is the first retelling of Robin Hood I have read, and it was action from start to end.
The attention to detail is amazing and the book is very atmospheric. There's bloodshead and disagreements as well as romance.

The title of the book is just perfect! It automatically mentions Robin Hood, but got me interested as to find out what his origins were and how he came to be.

We are introduced to the characters well and they are well fleshed-out.
I felt I was immediately transported into the era. Every detail is so real.

I was a little confused by some of the...

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In this retelling of the Robin Hood legend, Robin is a nobleman in exile during the reign of Henry II and Richard I because he has been accused of a crime he didn't commit. Dark forces are at work as the French conspire to take over the English throne, and Robin becomes a pawn in their deadly game. Robin, Marian, and the Sherwood Forest outlaws begin their fight against the French in this first novel of a new trilogy.
I have been fascinated with the Robin Hood legend since I was little, so I was excited to read this book. I thought this book was very well done, and the historical connections made sense to me. Everything seemed to align well with the original legend, with a few...

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Blending real history with the key elements of the Robin Hood legend, revealing the man that went on to become the peoples hero Robin Hood himself. From his background story and his family to becoming the leader of a band of men fighting for king and country.
Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle of good verses evil for the future and the past.
It delves into the intrinsic value of all people, rich or poor, the moral imperative of defending the powerless against tyrannical government officials and shows the transformation of Lady Marian into a powerful female character who faces danger with an intrepid spirit.
Fans of Game of Thrones will love this book!
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Robin Hood's Dawn (The Robin Hood Trilogy #1) was not what I figure it was gonna be. I figure it would be the same old storyline that has been told several times before. To my surprise Olivia Longueville & J.C. Plummer changed the entire story line while still remaining true to the story. Olivia Longueville & J.C. Plummer has shifted things & moved the order around so much that it seems like an entire new story while at the same time remains true o the story just not the normal story line. There are all the "bad" & "good" characters in the story in their correct places but things have been moved around & has made it more interesting in my...

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A Swashbuckling Start to a new Robin Hood Trilogy?
I've been a fan of the Robin Hood legend since I was a child. And every so often a new novel pops up which prompts me to revisit that legend. "Robin Hood's Dawn", the first in a three part trilogy featuring the legendary hero, appealed to me.
This novel has a plausible central core of a plot and features much more realism than many books I've read on Robin Hood. The novel presents a realistic picture of King Richard the Lionheart who preferred crusading than Kingship thus leaving his useless brother, John, in charge whilst Richard sought glory in Outremer attempting to defeat Saladin and win back Jerusalem for...

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This book is definitely for those who are interested in a story about Robin Hood both before he became Robin Hood, when he met his gang of merry men, and afterwards. Readers will become acquainted with infamous characters from the Robin Hood saga and his gang of bandits from the Sherwood Forest to include Little John, Will Scarlet, and Allan-A-Dale. Robin Hood squares off against the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisborne after being falsely accused of a crime and supports King Richard the Lionheart during the Crusades. The romance between Robin Hood and Maid Marian is also predominantly featured in this story. Because of this, Robin is portrayed as a man torn between his king and the...

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I adore this book! I absolutely love the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, and could not wait to dig into this story. I am pretty picky about re-tellings of well-known stories, so was a bit hesitant. But my curiosity won out in the end and my excitement got the best of me.

I was not disappointed.

The writing is absolutely superb, the story itself fast-paced. The characters are incredibly fleshed out and memorable. The story stayed with me, even when I had to walk away from the book to get back to real life. "Robin Hood's Dawn" was a perfect tribute to the marvelous story that we all know so well, bringing the characters to life for me in a way that I won't soon...

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Have you ever wondered how Robin Hood became who he was? Or why Robin of Loxley was called Robin Hood? How about how Will Scarlet got his name? This book answers those questions and many more. This story starts when Robin Hood's father was a soldier under King Henry and continues through his time fighting for the crusade. It tells the tale of him defying the sheriff, his love for Marion, and slowly adds all of my favorite Robin Hood characters (although Tuck doesn't come in until the end). This also shows a side of Robin Hood that no other retelling has shown. In this one, Robin Hood is mischievous and likes to banter playfully with Marion and irritate the sheriff and his men...

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