Lady of the Forest

Lady of the Forest

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A beautiful synthesis of Robin Hood legends. --Marion Zimmer Bradley
With her king a captive and her coffers drained, England is left in turmoil during the Crusades. After the death of her father in the Holy Land, Lady Marian of Ravenskeep finds herself alone--and at the mercy of men vying for her lands and her beauty. Thrust into games of political intrigue, the sheltered knight's daughter soon learns to trust no one. . .
Afforded a hero's homecoming, Sir Robert of Locksley returns from the Crusades a shattered man. In a country he barely recognizes, one torn apart by treachery and betrayal, he finds in Marian a kindred soul. Their quest for justice will take them into the depths of Sherwood Forest, where the dream of a new England will be born. . .
"An imaginative and riveting novel, impossible to put down." --"Booklist"
"Robinson expertly evokes the sensations and frustrations of medieval life." --"Kirkus"
"A diverting, delightful book." --"Publishers Weekly"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 593 pages
  • 143 x 210 x 41mm | 535g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 075829218X
  • 9780758292186
  • 895,885

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FOR THE LOVE OF ONE MAN AND THE GOOD OF ALL MEN SHE DEFIES DESTINY ... AND BECOMES A LEGENDAs the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion begins...He is Sir Robert of Locksley -- the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery, betrayal and war.She is Lady Marian of Ravenskeep -- the proud, defiant knight's daughter who leaves her sheltered life behind to join a shadowy band of outlaws who follow no law but their own.ROBIN HOOD and MAID MARIAN -- Their love has belonged to legend for centuries, and now it belongs to us all, stunningly brought to life by the masterful pen of a truly gifted storyteller. Against a medieval tapestry of color and pageantry, Jennifer Roberson has woven a rich, sweeping tale of a woman whose courage and passion could forever alter the destiny of that mist-shrouded land of lore we know in our hearts and see in our dreams....
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About Jennifer Roberson

Jennifer Roberson is the author of the "Sword-Dancer Saga" and the "Chronicles of the Cheysuli," and collaborated with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott on the historical fantasy "The Golden Key," a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also published three historical novels, and several in other genres. An exhibitor and breeder of Cardigan Welsh Corgis, she lives on acreage in Northern Arizona with eight dogs and two cats. She is currently working on the third "Karavans" novel.
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2,570 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 30% (765)
4 38% (964)
3 25% (643)
2 6% (145)
1 2% (53)

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Robin of Locksley comes home after being away on the Crusades with King Richard and attempts to go back to normal life. His childhood friend, Marian of Ravenskeep, attends his coming home party in hopes of news on how her father died. Marian only has to look into his eyes to know that Robin is deeply troubled from his time as a prisoner of war. Robin must battle his personal demons before he can but he knows that he has his own demons to fight before he can fight for her. Lady of the Forest is based on how the Robin Hood and Maid Marian legend began. Roberson fleshes out all the characters from the traditional telling of Robin and his Merry Men and gives each one a storyline of their own. Robin starts out a broken man but with the help of Marian he finds he doesn’t have to follow in his father’s footsteps and takes his future into his own hands. Marian starts out as weak but grows into a woman who can stand on her own. The Sheriff is depicted even more villainous and twisted which added a skin crawling creepiness to this dark tale of honor, greed and betrayal. I had very mixed feelings while reading this. I was cringing at times at the crudeness. This is not a fairy tale by any means. I liked the meat of the story but there seemed to be a lot of padding put in making this a lengthy novel (589 pages). In the beginning I was not a fan of Marian because of how pathetic she was acting but I grew to love her. Other characters I just loved to hate. If you are looking for a story about Robin’s adventures, this is not for you. This is how he became that man. (Book was provided by publisher for an honest review)show more
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