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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

The Robin Hood Read: Hood

Hood - Stephen R. Lawhead

This is a historical fiction trilogy written by Stephen Lawhead. I have read the entire trilogy, so expect two more rapid-fire reviews. 

 

Notes on Hood:

 

  • Lawhead writes historical fiction, so this is more serious than a lot of Robin Hood tales. It is set post-Norman Conquest, and the king is William Rufus (son of William the Bastard, or William the Conquerer). It is set in Wales.
  • I enjoy medieval history set in Wales, so I was predisposed to like this one.
  • Hood is told primarily from the perspective of Bran, the deposed king of Elfael, a Welsh commote. He is trying to regain his throne.
  • There is a great deal of intrigue surrounding the church and the papacy in these books.
  • The character development is pretty good. Bran is an appealing character and is acting out of generally noble motives.
  • Lawhead has a reputation as a writer of "Christian fiction." None of the books in this trilogy should be classified as Christian or inspirational, however. There is little theological content, and Lawhead does not sugar-coat the clerical corruption that prevailed during this historical period.

 

My general thoughts on this book was that it was above-average, but not something that I will probably reread. I will definitely, however, read more Lawhead. I've heard good things about his Arthur cycle, and more than one person has advised me that Byzantium is his best book. I enjoyed the complexities of the trilogy, and felt that the character development was good and the story was solid.