by Lavie Tidhar
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Pub Date 14 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2021
Head of Zeus, Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
The Hood is the second book in Lavie Tidhar's ambitious Anti-Matter of Britain Quartet – a viscerally entertaining, ominously subversive and poetically profane remixing of the myths and legends that shaped our nation.
God bless you, England, on this glorious Year of Our Lord, 1145.
Don't cross the Templars. Everybody knows that. But Will Scarlet, back from the crusades, hopped up on khat and cider, did. Stabbed thrice in the belly but somehow still alive, he's heading home to Nottingham.
And things are not right in Nottingham.
It's the wood, you see. Sherwood. Ice-age ancient, impenetrable, hiding a dark and secret heart. As the ancient sages say, If you go into the woods today, you may not come out tomorrow, and the person who comes out may not be you...
The Hood is Lavie Tidhar's narcotic remix of an ancient English myth, a tale knotted from legends lost to time, shredded and restitched for each passing century. A tale for today.
'A wild, inventive tapestry of myth and magic, with a wry sense of humor. Tidhar's writing is wonderfully vibrant' Silvia Moreno-Garcia, bestselling author of Mexican Gothic
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Subversive and profane ? I would rather say that the author uses his talent (and he really does have talent) to release an imagination I would dearly love to possess, I can see some purists being upset by this book, personally I loved it, more please
This book made me think of Beatles' "A Day in the Life". It's lisergic, you never know where the plot is going and what will happen but I knew I didn't want to stop reading.
I'm not an expert of the Robin Hood lore, I know it's more complex and nuanced than what we usually think and that there's a mix of fairy tales and history.
Tidhar delivers a book that plays on the fairy side using it to give some of the most exciting part in the books. But he also talks about historical facts and the mix works.
Don't expect a standard fantasy book or a historical fiction: it's something more and it will bring you to some new places and to meet well known characters made new.
If "By Force Alone" was gritty and action packed, The Hood is more complex and a bit harder to follow.
I loved what I read but he's one of my favorite authors and this is an enthralling and fascinating story.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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