Their merciless attack, the first of many to come, heralds a dark and desperate day for the realm of Elfael. Bran and his few stalwarts desperately need encouragement and reinforcement if they are to survive. But Friar Tuck, a most unconventional priest, has a daring solution to their dilemma that will radically alter all we've known about the legendary figure known as Robin Hood.
Filled with unforgettable characters, breathtaking suspense, and rousing battle scenes, Stephen R. Lawhead's masterful retelling of the Robin Hood legend reaches its stunning conclusion in Tuck. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past while holding a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare to hear an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.
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I love Robin Hood tales but by the time the series got to Tuck, I just was sick of it. The characters are all one-dimensional and the story has a repetative feel to it. The characters just continue to do the same thing over and over and continue to be surprised when it fails only to have everything magically turn around at the very end. Huge chucks of time are skipped over and there is no character developement in sight. I really wanted to like this set of books but there was just nothing in the story that was interesting or original.
I don’t want to write any kind of spoiler, but I would say this book wraps up the trilogy exactly how I wanted it to end. Lawhead definitely has a different spin on a tried and true tale.
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I read the first two books in this trilogy and enjoyed them enough to listen to the third. This was definitely the weakest of the three. The plot often included points which stretched my credulity past the breaking point. For instance, Marian does not hear of her father's death for many months even though he is a king and his castle is an easy day's ride from the greenwood? At the same time a Frank nobleman comments upon how quickly news travels among the common people.
I was less than delighted with the narrator as well. He should have checked word pronunciations more assiduously and his dialect was sometimes ludicrous because of his extreme use of a broad "a" which, at times, turned Bran into something like "Bron." Still a pleasant enough story, but definitely a disappointment.
These books have a very interesting and imaginative take on the Robin Hood story. A treat for anyone who enjoys tales of the Dark or Middle Ages.
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