I really don't like the title 'The Godfather of Sherwood Forest' because it implies a Mario Puzo type story which I think it is different then the ove..Show More »rall truth of how all people existed back in the time this story takes place... Knights were not 100% chivalry & honor, it's feudal obviously so it works on this system. I love the military nuances & the beginning of longer blood battles & I would be interested to see how parts of this end, but I don't know if I'll get every book of the series. I'll probably get the last book & see how the end resolves.
The overall story doesn't hold up well as other authors but perhaps Donald has not written his best. If you like Robin Hood stories it could be worth it, but it depends on what else you've read. It obviously can't compare to Cornwell & Martin but its almost on Ludlow level, but its only one book I've read about this author.
Not the best type of books I've read in this genre...
OK, so the title of the headline is NOT taking away the entertainment value & overall enjoyment I got from reading the 3 books available by audible (1..Show More »,4, & 5). Donald writes at a level below Cornwell, Iggulden, or Shaara regarding the substance of the narrative... perhaps a bit more like Ludlow or Scarrow, although 'Macro & Cato' series were much better.
These books do not resemble historical fiction as much as mythological legends although there are kings that are rulers at the time & possible people who could have lived during the time period, the book is an adventure with vivid action drawing off a childhood legend merged with harsh realities of life during the timeline. This is def. not ur 'men in tights stealing from the rich to give to the poor' although a perfectly plausible set of events/stories unfold. The story is told from the perspective of sir Alan Dale one of the Earl of Locksly's protege's, so right away u know he is alive & recounting his life & of those while in the service of the notorious Robin Hood...
The actual content within the book was not anything extremely unique & i found myself listening to the book at 2x the speed on many occasions, after the books escapades I felt the author did include different spins on characters, included adventures that were not associated with Robin Hood's legends, & provided fodder for my brain that enjoys Cornwell, Martin, Abercrombie, Erikson, etc... Am I someone that enjoys descriptive battles & fights? Absolutely, the individual stories of tortures & idea's of what passed for magic? Not so much
If u are a historical fanatic, I don't think u will enjoy the series if u set a bar like Shaara or expect character development even over 5 books, but if u find books that are simply about fights, deceptions, comrade, & basic action writing at a 'James Patterson' like flow (I mean the guy has a new book like every 5 weeks?!?), check out book 5 or 1... not sure the others are worth it.
I found each book in the series better than the one before, so it was no surprise to find the finale to be the best of the lot and a superb conclusion..Show More » to a fine series. I read a ton of historical fiction and found these stories first rate. Kudos also to the narrator!