“They stole everything from him. Now, he’s going to get it all back.”
Having escaped bondage to fight in the Crusades, Robin returns home to claim the land King Richard bequeathed him and the love he left behind. What he finds instead is another man occupying the land that should be his- the same man that has married the love of Robin’s life, Marion. He finds torture and starvation of his people at the hands of the evil sheriff of Nottingham and Marion’s husband, Sir Guy of Gisbourne.
The sheriff and Gisbourne are doing everything in their power to usurp the throne. The only thing standing between them and success is the newly crowned king of the outlaws, Robin Hood.
Amongst a tournament designed to cover embezzlement, thefts, hostage exchanges, double bluffs, the shady information of several spies, and one great battle, it’s up to each character to outwit the other. But Robin’s lasting love for Marion and Gisbourne’s obsession with her stand in the way of their logic and at times the personal stakes take precedent over the political ones.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have loved historical fiction novels ever since I was in middle school. The tales of Robin Hood are have been re-imagined for centuries and their narrative continues to speak to us. This novel combines my love of folklore with my love of historical fiction.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In the earliest stories of the Robin Hood legend, he was a villain. In keeping with the dark times and grim fairy tales, Robin was a simple thief who often took part in abominable acts. In the more noble-minded Victorian era, he was portrayed as something of a white knight and a hero of the people.
In keeping with our modern times, I imagined him as a dark hero – a man who has suffered and caused suffering but whose goodness wins in the end.
Jon’s fingernails bled as he dug them into the wooden floorboards of the ship, trying desperately to grab a hold of anything rather than be slammed up against the hull with the three feet of bilge and saltwater he was now submersed in. He was unsuccessful. He hit the side of the hull with tremendous velocity. The Mediterranean tossed his massive body about for another full minute before he could catch the post that held up his unconscious friend’s hammock. He coughed up the putrid water that had found its way into his mouth and lungs as the ship swayed violently to the left. He held tightly. But the wood was rotten. The post snapped and he hit the wall in a bone-crunching body slam.
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