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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead.

I felt inspired a few weeks ago and wrote this review.  I’m itching to make a blog post but I don’t have anything interesting to blog about, (yet) that wouldn’t take up a ton of time.  So here is the first in hopefully a long line of book reviews.  Enjoy! 

P.S. (1,021 words done on chapter 11 today!)

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The Story:  This trilogy is Robin Hood like you’ve never seen him before!  Filled with Celtic mysteries, action and romance this story is perfect for fantasy and history readers alike!              

Book One: Hood 

Bran ap Brychan, hair to the Welsh throne of Elfael, suddenly finds himself an outlaw in his own land.  Hunted by the Norman invaders Bran is forced into the Coed Cadw, an ancient forest of the Welsh borderlands seeped in mystery.  Joined by an old comrade, a wise sage, and a band of outcasts, Bran fights the injustice cased by the harsh Normans, fueling the people’s hopes for freedom and beginning his forest reign as King Raven.   

Book Two: Scarlet 

As the Normans slowly take control of Wales, Will Scarlet of Nottingham sets out to find none other than the famed archer, King Raven.  

Deep in the forest King Raven and his band of followers form a desperate plan to free themselves from the ruthless barons ruling their Welsh land.

  

Book Three: Tuck 

Friar Tuck, the faithful supporter and guiding hand behind King Raven joins Bran once again in his efforts to push the Norman’s out of Elfael.   As one last attempt to free Wales, Bran ignites a rebellion that quickly spreads like wild fire through the Welsh valleys.  Now, forced to marshal his own army in defense, King William the Red marches on Elfael.  What will be the outcome?

 

 Strengths:  From the very beginning you feel part of the characters and what they fight for.  Bran is a very interesting hero in many ways; you care and relate to him on a human level, but yet he is rather unpredictable and therefore quite intriguing.  The way Stephen Lawhead incorporates the Robin Hood legend in the stories is very well done.  What he has created is so believable you can’t help but think, “This is the real Robin Hood.”

Weaknesses:   As for weaknesses, I would say there isn’t any.

Spiritual Elements:   Bran’s mentor, a Welsh oracle (or Banfaith,) named Angharad, sings songs to the “Creator” and often meditates to determine or “see” what the future may hold.  In some ways, her “talents” hint to magic, but her songs of praise and longing to the “Redeemer”, “Son of Glory” and “Jesu”, speak of a different power.  (I will note that her role as Banfaith is of Druid ancestry and she does have special “powers” of healing and foresight, but whether or not they originate from magic or are divine gifts is questionable.)       

FYIs: (There are a few uses of the “B” word.)   This book is not for young readers.  There are a few bloody parts and Bran, when in King Raven guise, is quite frightening.   

Recommendation:   Personally, I loved these books and even own them.  All in all they are great action adventure novels, the characters pull you into the tale with them and the story keeps you turning page after page.  If you love Robin Hood, you will love these books, if you love fantasy, you will loves these books, if you love Historical Fiction, you will love these books, or, if you just love a great read, pick of the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead.

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4 Comments

  1. Daniel

     /  May 18, 2010

    I own, and greatly like, Hood, but haven’t had the chance to read Scarlett or Tuck yet.

    Thanks for the review!

    Reply
  2. storygirl308

     /  May 19, 2010

    Both Scarlett and Tuck are very good they’re all good. I can’t choose which of the three is my favorite.

    You’re welcome!

    Reply
    • Daniel

       /  May 19, 2010

      They both look very good to me.. just.. haven’t had a chance to read them.

      Hm…I should do some reviews sometime… ^.^ I’ve got a couple of books that I would love to do a review of.. 😀

      Reply
  3. Tracy

     /  August 11, 2010

    Haven’t read a Lawhead book in years. I’ll pick up the first one and give it a read…I’ll let you know in a year how I liked it. Ha.

    Reply

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