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McKinley brings to the Robin Hood legend a robustly romantic view. She renders it anew by fully developing the background and motive of each member of the merry band, from Robin's "crime" that sends him into the woods, to Marian's subterfuge as she straddles the worlds of the nobility and of the outlaws. Their habitations, foresting and thieving is explained, and McKinley, in a thoughtful afterword, reveals both her debt to and her differences with previous versions of the story. There is no reason, however, that readers of those stories might not enjoy this one as well. Although the author does fall into the politics indigenous only to the British isles, she presents a solid piece of tale-weaving, ingenious and ingenuous, causing readers to suspend belief willingly for a rousing good time. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Grade 9-12 Robin Hood is immortal, but in The Outlaws of Sherwood he doesn't quite come alive. McKinley's novelistic treatment expands the outlines of characters and episodes familiar to readers of Pyle. All is well in the Greenwood until the outlaws open their mouths: their speech and thoughts are a stiff, uneasy mix of ye-olde high seriousness and flip vernacular. McKinley's attempts to evoke the 12th-Century conflict with her wish to raise her characters' political and feminist consciousness do not work. The book moves slowly: there is action, but not enough for the sword-and-sorcery genre addicts; the romance between Robin and Marion hangs fire while he figures out that he can't tell her what to do; the dialogues are sometimes unwieldy and un-yeomanlike; the whole is unconvincing. Pyle's text may be stilted, but there are his wonderful pictures; even Roger Green's version (Penguin, 1984), albeit for a younger audience, has the merit of good pacing. Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I really liked this book, which feels true to the sense of the original legend, but adds a lot more character development and much more interest to both female and male characters. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Marion & Peter
Not high literature but I always enjoy Robin McKinley's books. She fleshes out some of the classic Robin Hood characters nicely and I like her angle on Robin himself as a reluctant... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mary Lynn T
After a rough start, I enjoyed this retelling of the tale of Robin Hood. I especially liked the strong, capable females and the author's refreshing take on Robin as a reluctant,... Read morePublished 29 days ago by W. Powell
I thoroughly enjoyed this new take on the Robin Hood story. Known characters revisited, with a twist and new added to round out a really entertaining read!Published 1 month ago by Country Lady
One of the best Robin Hood retellings I've ever encountered. The blend of historical imagination and intensely emotional character development has, sadly, spoiled me for all movie... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian Miller
I liked the premise for the story, but found the story itself to be less than captivating...so it missed the mark of a good storyPublished 1 month ago by logan
Quick enjoyable read with a different twist to the Robin Hood saga.Published 1 month ago by David Storm
Another take on Robin Hood, exactly as promised. Interesting read likeable characters, predictable outcome.Published 1 month ago by V. L. Hayden