I found this setting and context for the Robin Hood story compelling. This second of the trilogy stars Will Scarlet narrating his own experiences with the Raven King. The story draws us deeper into the landscape and culture of the 11th century. This is its strength. The series attempts to reorient the fairy tale back to its roots resulting in a much more human, earthy and compelling telling of the Robin, Maid Marian, Little John, Will Scarlet and Frier Tuck. Unfortunately, the character of Will Scarlet is so smarmy and ego centric that the tail is almost ruined. I struggled to tell if this was a function of the writing (the character often refers to himself in the third person) or the performance and concluded the later. Adam Verner's rendition of the character was so sticky sweet it left my stomach aching. The story kept me listening and I will likely get the third book and complete the series. However, I wish I had read this book rather than listened to it as I would have enjoyed it more.
Really enjoyed the first few books, but plot pacing could be improved. One major plot event per 20 to 40 hours of listening is ... Slow. The characters are so numerous it's hard to keep them all straight - especially the nobles who are not mentioned enough to get them well formed in the readers mind. Sigh. But I love the characters that are well formed. Just wish he had worked more on pacing the plot better
After a hohum start to the series, I was not expecting much. However, the story expands is rich and interesting ways. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and, unlike the first book, the dual narrators worked.
The performers voicing sounded like a 1950es radio program. They also decided to use two narrators - a practice I don't appreciate.
The story lays the bones for the larger series. It manages to answer some mysteries while leaving enough to draw me into the next story. The character development is enough to make the actions of the characters plausible. I was not gripped by the world and characters as I have been in other series. Enjoyable nonetheless.
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