Hello humans! It is, as many readers will know, the year of ALL THE RETELLINGS. I don’t know whether it’s reflective of what’s being published at the moment, or of what I happen to be reading but I seem to be reading more retellings than I ever thought possible. I have to say though, this particular retelling certainly caught my eye…
Robin of Locksley is dead.
When news comes that he’s fallen in battle at the King’s side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flaut the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.
Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancé. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.
When Marian dons Robin’s green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.
But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero…
I adore the Robin Hood story and this sounds like a great take on it. Fun fact, the wonderful Asha over at A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea wrote a wonderful Robin Hood play (a sequel) in which Marian is equally badass. This seems like it will be an exciting and action-packed read. I’ve not read any of Maegan Spooner’s books before, though the covers always catch my eye. Perhaps this will be the book that pulls me in?
Is this on your Want to Read list? Let me know in the comments below!