Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead

Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead is the thrilling second book in his King Raven Trilogy which follows the adventures of the legendary Robin Hood. After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest--and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion--Will joins the heroic archer and his men. Now, however, Will is in prison for a crime he did not commit. His sentence is death by hanging--unless he delivers King Raven and his band of cohorts. That, of course, he will never do. Wales is slowly falling under the control of the invading Normans, and King William the Red has given his ruthless barons control of the land. In desperation, the people turn to King Raven and his men for justice and survival in the face of the ever-growing onslaught. From deep in the forest they form a daring plan for deliverance, knowing that failure means death for them all.
This book was very good and kept me interested so I never wanted to put it down. The beginning was slightly confusing as it started out in the middle of the story with Will Scarlet telling his tale from prison to a monk. But this is a series I would recommend to anyone familiar with the original tale of Robin Hood or anyone who loves fantasy.