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Tucker

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  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (333)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "A slow-paced earthy legend"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure what to expect from Stephen Lawhead's "Hood". It's my first book of his, and at first, I was put off by his wordy, ornate writing style, his tendency to get fixated on describing certain scenes or states of mind in great depth. As the story has progressed, the rhythm and pace has began to feel like home, amidst the primitive, rural Welsh people the story is set. As a retelling of Robin Hood, I was expecting (and often finding) a Eurocentric world view, complete with crippling gender roles, colonizing mindsets, and the romanticizing of violence. As the story is unfolding, however, I'm finding it's earthy, primal spirituality a surprising catalyst to some of the other themes, and find myself wondering if Lawhead will be able to rise above glorifying violence and power by turning the story in a subversive way. He's already introduced a powerful women who provides deep counterbalance to gender roles in the story. We'll see where this story goes.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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