I saw Hood (The King Raven Trilogy, Book 1), by Stephen Lawhead, on several reading lists from the Spring Reading Thing, and it was on my library list when PisecoDad stocked me up on books for my recovery. I started reading it this weekend, in desperate need of escapist fiction, and Hood rose to the challenge.
This is the first novel in the King Raven trilogy (the later volumes are Scarlet and Tuck) – a retelling of the Robin Hood legends, set in Wales in 1093. It is filled with action, political in-fighting and plenty of magic and mystery, and it’s only in the final third of the book that Bran ap Brychan emerges as something like the Robin Hood we know (think master archer, fighting the rich to feed the poor, hiding in the woods to ambush the baron’s traveling party).
I enjoyed losing myself in the world of Hood, and I’m looking forward to picking up the other volumes in the trilogy when they make an appearance at our local library.