The first book of the trilogy, Shadow of the Wolf, is set in Sherwood Forest in medieval England. In it, Tim Hall presents a Robin Hood more heroic and horrific than ever before: a 14-year-old blind, ruthless assassin and elemental creature of the forest, hell-bent on a mission to avenge his father's death and the brutal abduction of his soul mate, Marian. It is a breathtakingly original - and utterly compelling - retelling of the Robin Hood legend.
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"My favourite YA book of 2014 (so far and I can't imagine anyone topping it). I thought this was going to be a YA fantasy book but I'm not sure what it is, which is why I love it. Beautiful writing, a stunning mix of action and mystical folklore. A brilliant story."(Sally Green, author of Half Bad)
"It's dark and violent, a gory fantasy mash-up with Game of Thrones and X-Men in its DNA...Tim Hall clearly has talent - the setup is great...The book ends on a cliff-hanger, so there's clearly a sequel to come."(The Guardian)
"Forget everything you've ever heard about Robin Hood - this novel portrays a Robin like we've never seen him before. Astonishingly good." (The Sun, selected as a summer read and awarded 5 out of 5 stars)
First off, the narrator is brilliant and manages to give each character such a distinct voice that I struggled to believe that it was all done by one person. However, the text itself is so frustrating that I didn't enjoy it. I simply didn't understand why Robin would give everything up and leave the Keep to go find Marion - and I found all that 'our fates are entwined; you are me and I am you' guff really irritating. Infuriatingly, the bit I enjoyed most was when Robin was training to be a knight - and was really annoyed when he left to go chase after some spoiled little rich girl.
Artist and miniaturist - I make tiny flowers and plants for collectors' dolls' houses, and sell them on Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/Marianne26)
I am struggling with this one - it may be the first audiobook I don't finish, and that's surprising because it promised to be just the sort of novel I enjoy. But it seems slow and the characters don't engage me. It's a pity because the narration was very good.
I'm sure some people will love the form of this story, but for me it was too ethereal and wishy washy. I'm not sure the narration helped either as although Joe Jameson did a good job of giving the characters individual voices, some of them really grated - especially that of Marion, who really just came across as a spoilt brat most of the time, and I was left wondering why Robin kept chasing after her. I also felt many of the themes of the story were never adequately explained, leaving me with a poor understanding of many of the characters motivations.
I kept listening to the end, hoping that the various threads would come together, but they never really did.
I have already listened to this audio book twice!
Unpredictable... although this story has been told many times, I've never read it from this angle.
24 year Old Brit with a Passion for Fantasy, historical fiction and Sci-fi.. and dragons . I like Dragons. Also Dyslexic so apolagise
While detailed and descriptive not much happens , its all very woe is I, self pity and stupid frustrating decisions.
If he wrote a book which had better pace Id have a Listen. I just couldn't finish this slow, tedious, book. Imagine a teenage girl shouting no one understands me and stamping her foot while every adult rolls their eyes and sighs. that feeling you get when you sigh at that point is how I felt for the majority of this book. that's what this book is.
Actually the Narrator was good, his script was the issue
the one bit where ( spoiler alert) he was in the keep learning how to fight that was entertaining. then he (sigh) runs off after a girl throwing away his life of four years and abandoning his mates.
Unless you have a gushing fountain of emotion and pity don't listen , its not worth the frustration.
It's better if you don't read the blurb too closely. Alternatively buy now and listen later when you've forgotten about it. All you need to know is that it is the story of Robin Hood - but not as you know it! A story that re-visits past events doesn't seem tedious to me but rather it feels like parts of the story are coming together. The narration is superb. I look forward to hearing the remaining books in the trilogy.
This is a completely original retelling of the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marion. It opens by telling you that nothing you have previously heard about Robin Hood is true, and from there a truly captivating story enfolds starting with Robin as a seven year old boy and as it progresses you feel almost as though you grow and learn with Robin. The story is very well narrated. I originally got this book in one of the three for two offers. I've always enjoyed the Robin Hood legend so thought I would give it a try, and am really glad I did. I will certainly be looking for more books by Tim Hall in the future, and not just as my 'get one free' selection!
Silly female high pitched voice
This is a book that is confusing in explaining plot by audio
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