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Daring the old gods. Defying the new. The making of a legend - and a truly innovative re-imagining of Robin Hood.

Rob of Loxley and his older sister Marion have been groomed from birth to take their parents’ places within the Old Religion. Despite this, when Rob finds an injured nobleman’s son in the forest, neither he nor Marion understand what befriending young Gamelyn could mean for the future of their beliefs. 

Already the ancient spirits are fading beneath the iron of nobleman’s politics and the stones of Church subjugation. More, the druid elders warn that Rob and Gamelyn are cast as sworn adversaries, locked in timeless and symbolic struggle for the greenwood’s Maiden.

Instead, in a theological twist only a stroppy dissident could envision, Rob swears he’ll defend the sacred woodland of the Horned God and Lady Huntress to his last breath - if his god will let him be lover, not rival, to the one fated as his enemy.

But in the eyes of Gamelyn’s Church, sodomy is unthinkable...and the old pagan magics are an evil that must be vanquished. 

©2013 J. Tullos Hennig (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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A new take on the Robin Hood origin

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This story sent you on a roller coaster of emotion, there were times that make me extremely happy and there are other points that made me want to cry but it all tied together so perfectly that you couldn't help but love every second of it.

What did you like best about this story?

I have always been a fan of myths and legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood. You always hear so many tales but all of them seem to have the same intents and purposes, this one however takes the legend of Robin Hood and flips it onto its head, but in a good way. It also leaves you wanting to find out what happens later which is a perfect lead in to the next book, which I shall be starting shortly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes I did. And believe me, I tried. This is one of those books that you would stay up until three in the morning on a work day to finish (which is exactly what I did)

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This is an amazing story and definitely worth the listen.

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A must listen series for sheer escapism

I love this series. I purchased them first on Audible and in paperback, as this premise was such a refreshing take on the old stories. The author has put so much life and detail into every bit of the old world , including the nature of living in the forests, the pagans' beliefs, and naive trust vs the church power, war and various life struggles of the day. I was extremely disappointed the rest of the series wasn't also on audio. Each story is long, but the detail and world building made it so alive for me that I was able to escape real life in such a way I felt reluctant to return. The first two books I listened to in a marathon weekend while escaping the media and Covid-19, and cannot recommend this series enough.

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one of the best

there isn't much to say other than a knife to a few people's faces could have saved so many. this has been spectacular. the story splendid, and the narration jaw dropping. I only hope I can be as good an author one day.

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Wonderful fantasy of Robin Hood .

Wonderful audio,with a fabulous fantasy on Robin Hood.
Very well narrated and great story telling.
Well defined and strong characteres.
Cliff hanger at the end this is a 2 books storie.

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  • Nadia
  • 09-13-15

The most powerful book I've read in years.

Would you consider the audio edition of Greenwode to be better than the print version?

As I'm blind, audio is my main reading format. A good narrator always helps, and this guy was great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Greenwode?

I can't answer that without spoiling the plot, but the whole story was full of emotion from beginning to end.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Greenwode

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This book is beautifully written, combining great characters with fantasy and a historical setting. It harps back to the more fantastical routs of the Robin Hood legend rather than focusing on the more realistic side of medieval life. That said, the author brings across the pagon culture and religion perfectly and it's always believable. This is a story of passion and prejudice and I couldn't put it down.

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  • I F Jentle
  • 05-22-15

Disappointing doesn't cover it

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book would appeal to homosexuals who admire the writing style of the late Barbara Cartland.

What will your next listen be?

A book that is neither written by J Tulios Hennig nor narrated by Ross Pendleton

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ross Pendleton?

Any narrator well enough informed on English dialects not to play the residents of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire with a Scots accent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Greenwode?

The scene beginning at the top of page one and ending at the bottom of the last page

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I think I hafve said enough