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.
Scarlet continues Stephen R. Lawhead's riveting saga that began with the novel Hood, which relocated the legend of Robin Hood to the Welsh countryside and its dark forests. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities.
©2007 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2007 Oasis Audio
Yes. It was entertaining.
There was some evidence and reason behind the author's choice to place the story in Whales rather than Sherwood Forest. I enjoyed learning a bit of history within the context of an entertaining audiobook.
Yes. I listened to Hood and his performance have been consistently good.
Hood: Part 2
I good and interesting take on a lifelong favourite. Part 2 of a good trilogy.
This was the best of this trilogy...which actually isn't saying much. But I enjoyed the world through the eyes of Will Scarlet as he waits to hang and tells his tale. I just wish the author had spent more time on Will Scarlet's present than the constant flashbacks.
Yes! The story and narration work very well together, and although there wouldn’t be much suspense the second time through, I’d listen again.
Lawhead continues the story from “King Raven” well, but with a twist, by changing the point of view to Will Scarlet’s first-person perspective. This was a great way to see Bran and his followers through another (yet sympathetic) character’s eyes.
Verner reads with energy and expressiveness that really bring the characters to life, especially when he’s speaking in the first person as Will Scarlet to Odo.
I really liked the first book, but this one worried me a little at the beginning. I am glad I stuck with it, as in many ways I thought it was a much better book than the first. It moves the Robin Hood/ Rhi Bran y Hud story ahead, and you meet a lot of the classic characters that you missed in the first book such as Will Scarlet from the title. With the help of his people, Ol’ Bran finally started becoming the man we all want him to be.
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.
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