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Short Description for Scarlet A romantic retelling of the Robin Hood story, told by Will Scarlet brilliantly portrayed as a young woman
- Published: 07 June 2012
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781408819760 ISBN 10: 1408819767
- Sales rank: 49,208
Reviews for Scarlet
A nice twist on a classic tale
Overall I have to say that I did enjoy this book. I'm not going to lie, it did take me about a quarter of the way through to get really into it. After the halfway stage I really flew through it as the pace of the story really took off.
The main reason I struggled at the beginning of the book was because of the way it was written, it is seen through the main protagonist's eyes and you could really hear her voice through it. Not a bad thing, but obviously there is a heaviness of local dialect and colloquials. This made it a bit tougher for me to get into the book. I don't dislike this style of writing but it did hinder my progress a little.
The characters were really rich and varied; you could see the true tale of Robin Hood shine through in this book but with an added twist of Will Scarlet being a woman and not a man. I loved the character Scarlet, she was a true fighter and she really won me over. It's not easy being a girl in a band of men. But she held her own and she did it with a certain finesse.
There is a good amount of scenery description and this helped the imagination flow. I certainly felt like I could be there in the Sherwood Forest and in Nottingham castle. I do really appreciate it when an author takes time to describe scenery.
It's a shame this book is a standalone as I would have liked to have read more in the series, I do think there could be more development for Robin and Scarlet.
I would recommend this book to people who love the tale of Robin Hood, it does certainly have a different angle to it, but you can still feel the richness of the scenery and characters.
Story Rating: 4/5 - Just lost marks for the writing style.
Cover Rating: 4/5 - this is a really striking and eye catching cover, it is lovely.
**This book was kindly sent to me for review via Netgalley. by Jennifer Juckes