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
I love Jesus, dogs, cowboys, and a good mystery book
This story is very engaging and a fun listen. The narrator does an amazing job! He is good at changing his voice for each character and keeps it interesting.
This is the second book of the King Raven series. I enjoyed it as I enjoyed the first. The only thing against it was that they're are sections written in first person which through me off for a bit. I can't wait to see how the concluding book unfolds.
Minister, MDiv, Outdoor Education
Even better than Hood, I'd say. The reader is much better as well. If you have read Hood then it's definitely worth it to keep reading
A well-written tale utterly ruined by narrator Adam Verner. His reading of the dialog is corny and his style in general sounds as though he's reading to elementary students. I made it through the first two tales of this trilogy, but won't suffer listening to him a third time. I'll buy a hard copy instead. Truly sad.
I enjoyed Hood, but this one was hard to follow.
I didn't like the first person style going back and forth between the story and dialog with the scribe.
Scarlet as scribed by the monk Odo, told by William Scatlocke (Will Scarlet) is the story of how Will Scarlet came to join Rhi Bran Y Hud, Merian, Little John (Iwan) and Friar Tuck. and ended up in a cell awaiting his execution by hanging. The Sheriff is out for blood, after Bran and his men steal a secret letter bearing a message from the Pope, threatening to hang a boy each day until the letter is returned. Well narrated by Adam verner, Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead is the heart of the King Raven Trilogy.
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The first book of this series was fine, but made me wonder if Lawhead had lost some of his magic...but in this book he got it back in spades. The reader is a perfect voice for Will Scarlet, who narrates the story, and telling the tale from Scarlet's perspective is engaging and interesting. I almost gave up on the series after book 1...but this book totally makes it all worthwhile, can't wait to check out the finale.
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Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.
Scarlet, the second book in Stephen Lawhead‘s King Raven Trilogy focuses on Will Scatlocke (“Scarlet”), a disillusioned forester who goes searching for, finds, and joins King Raven’s infamous band of thieves. During one of their exploits, Will is caught, sentenced to hang, and thrown into prison where he is asked to tell his story to a priest in hopes that he’ll let slip some information that will help sheriff Guy of Gysborne find and defeat the robbers. Thus, most of the story is told in past tense from Will Scarlet’s perspective.
Even though the pace is slower than in Hood and we’re not much concerned that Will might actually hang, Lawhead still spins us a fine yarn — the story is thoroughly entertaining. And, as usual, we are not just entertained, but enlightened as we get a real feel for the period — the tyranny of the Freinc, the corruption of the Church, the suffering and stubbornness of the Britons. This is what Stephen Lawhead does so well.
The characterization is mostly well done. The male characters are all three-dimensional, life-like, and immediately likeable. However, the female characters, most notably Merian and Will’s love-interest, Noin, remain flat (I have noticed this lack of attention to female characters in some of Lawhead’s previous books). These were strong women whose presence was important to the plot, but whose personalities and motivations were never explored.
For example, Bran kidnapped Merian at the end of Hood, and in this sequel she is at his side. Will relates a few observations about their relationship, but we are never sure exactly what that relationship is and whether or not Merian wants to be there or not. I’m sure that Lawhead’s intention was to leave this vague, but I found it frustrating (especially since I wondered if Merian knew, or cared, that her family thought she was dead) and wished for a chapter or two from Bran and/or Merian’s perspective. Likewise, I wasn’t completely convinced about Will and Noin’s relationship because I wasn’t told anything from Noin’s perspective.
Again, I listened to this installment in
audiobook format. It was the same reader (Adam Verner) who did Hood and I have the same comments: he’s got a pleasant and enthusiastic tone, but some of his accents and character voices made me chuckle. If you can listen past that, it’s a good format.
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