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"The storytelling is solid, the research is thorough, the details are spot-on, and the skill is undeniable. . . . As Robin Hood retellings go, it's pretty much a bullseye." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous retell...this Robin gives young girls a role model that isn't dressed as the beautiful helpless princess. Honestly, I couldn't put my Kindle down." — Bookworm's Dinner

"A powerful and credible tale. ArceJaeger's Robin is both relatable and intriguing." — Gold Country Times

"I loved, loved, loved this sweet and entertaining version of an old tale." — Leah's Good Reads

"A delightful experience!" — Dan Curnutt, Pastor

"Cleverly woven. A joy to read." — Glenn Wasson, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

"Those looking for adventure and daring will [be] sure to like Robin: Lady of Legend." — By the Book

From the Author

First released as a Kindle book in 2012, Robin: Lady of Legend quickly shot to prominence as a #1 Amazon Best Seller and continues to be found on the best-seller lists for its genre. Now for the first time, the novel is available as a trade paperback as well.

Of the manuscript, Publisher's Weekly had only praise: "The storytelling is solid, the research is thorough, the details are spot-on, and the skill is undeniable. . . . As Robin Hood retellings go, it's pretty much a bullseye."

When asked what inspired her dramatic revision, ArceJaeger replied, "When I was younger, Robin Hood was my favorite hero  --- he was clever, good-humored, a superb archer, and most of all, human (Superman, I love you, but little girls can't fly). I had no interest in being Maid Marian, because no matter how smart or strong a writer might make her out to be, she was always subordinate to Robin. It occurred to me as I got older that there were no myths that really empowered women. I wanted to change that."

Based on over 300 reviews left by Amazon readers, ArceJaeger has done just that. The book's jacket echoes their sentiments, calling the novel, "Fast-paced and delightfully clever," and promising readers "a thrilling adventure through medieval England that will captivate the imagination and make you believe Robin Hood really was a girl!"

But it is the moral grounding of the book that has pastors and parents alike singing its praises. Deliberately written for readers of all ages to enjoy, ArceJaeger explains, "This novel explores the journey we all must take from adolescence to adulthood, and the need to live honorably in a society where honor is so often seen as a liability. It is about living life the best you can no matter the circumstances, and ultimately, it is about the basic rights and responsibilities of being human." One reader, impressed by the book's convictions, enthused, "Honestly I'd like to elect the author to Congress, but she probably wouldn't go."

Product Details

  • File Size: 3114 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Platypus Press (January 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SFN4GI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

R.M. ArceJaeger is an author, publisher, and computer scientist. In 2005, she was named a California Arts Scholar for excellence in Creative Writing, and she possesses a Bachelor of Science Computer Science degree (with distinction) from Harvey Mudd College. She has been writing books since she was five years old, and especially enjoys making her readers rethink classic tales.

ArceJaeger provides freelance eBook formatting, editing, publishing, and website design services, and can be contacted via her website: www.rmarcejaeger.com, or by email at contact@rmarcejaeger.com.


Websites:

http://ladyoflegend.com
http://rmarcejaeger.com

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schiariti on February 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm glad I came across this book a day or two ago because it's a delightfully clever and fresh twist on an old classic tale.

Take everything you know about Robin Hood and his Merry Men and turn it on its ear. What if Robin weren't a young man, but an 18 year old girl?

In order to maintain and strengthen his position in the land, Lord Robert Locksley arranges a marriage between his eldest daughter Robin Ann to one Phillip Darniel, the sheriff of Nottingham! Robin, who's always been headstrong and much more interested in male pursuits such as going out into the woods and archery, will have none of it and would rather leave everything she knows and loves, including her younger sister maid Marian, behind and fend for herself in the woods. Slowly but surely her sense of honor and natural leadership has outlaws and the downtrodden of Nottingham flocking to her like moths to flame. They don't know Robin is a young girl though, as she's disguised her voice and is never seen without her hood.

This is such an interesting twist on the old tale, and told in such a great way that it's like being introduced to these classic characters for the first time. Twists on Will Scarlet and Little John as well as Robin herself makes this a fun and exciting read from the first word to the last. It also introduced a world of possibilities and problems for the characters. Will Robin ever reveal her secret, her true identity? Will she ever see her family again? When she starts developing feelings for one of her Merry Men who still thinks she's a boy, how will she handle this?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
As with the author, one of my favorite books when I was a kid was Howard Pyle's classic "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood." Likewise, one of my favorite TV shows in the 1950s was a British import, "The Adventures of Robin Hood," with a lively theme song that went "Feared by the bad, loved by the good, Robin Hood... Robin Hood... Robin Hood" (or something like that). And with all of the movies made over the years, the story of Robin Hood and his merry men is one of the most popular and enduring legends from medieval Europe.

Author R.M. ArceJaeger has done a fine job with her own account of the legend, with one major twist--Robin Hood was actually a young girl, Robin Ann Locksley, daughter of Lord Robert of Locksley. In the author's version of the story, Robin's father has betrothed her to the Sheriff of Nottingham, who, as the king's appointed tax collector, was hated and feared by all. To escape her fate, Robin ran away into the depths of nearby Sherwood Forest and became known as Robin of the Hood, or simply Robin Hood, as others, mostly outlaws or farmers who had been dispossessed by the sheriff, began following her. There's one catch: out of necessity, Robin had disguised herself as a man.

A number of the familiar characters and incidents from the legend were in the book. Little John, of course, was a principal character, as was the Sheriff of Nottingham. Allan was a talented minstrel who sang about Robin Hood's exploits and spread his (her) fame. Marian was an important character, but not in the same role as the Maid Marian in some versions of the story. One character that I missed was Friar Tuck; however, other characters provided enough comic relief that he wasn't essential to the story.

The author's writing style was polished and professional.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K Raphael VINE VOICE on January 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
There are so many books, movies, etc., on the legend of Robin Hood that I was really impressed that the author was able to come up with something fresh and original. In this case, Robin is a young woman living as a young man in order to avoid being married to the Sheriff of Nottingham. There are some other noteworthy changes with the relationships that Robin has with the other characters, but I don't want to spoil the surprises. The author does not simply retell the same story with a woman instead of a man, but this new version does stay true to the moral lessons that accompany the traditional Robin Hood legends about helping others less fortunate. This is a very enjoyable interpretation of a classic story.

If you enjoy this story, you might also like A Stepmother's Story: The TRUE Tale of Cinderella, which features another twist on an old favorite.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GnPTurtle on April 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The story has an interesting take on the story of Robin Hood. And, while it is well written, it is very predictable. As the story goes on and characters are introduced and events happen, it is obvious what will happen. I can't even attribute that to a well known story. Even the changes made by the twist result in predictable plot lines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Merlin on July 23, 2012
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Pleasant, at times naïve, the book is well written and fun to read. The twist of Robin being a girl is very original but at the same time it's where the story almost fails when trying to convince the reader that she was able to hide her identity for so long. However, it holds. Strange it hasn't made the screen. Worth the read, by all means.
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