I have always loved the legend of Robin Hood! This seemed like an entertaining take on that story; it was so much more!
Author: J. Tullos Hennig
Narrator: Ross Pendleton
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
The Hooded One. The one to breathe the dark and light and dusk between….
When an old druid foresees this harbinger of chaos, he also sees whom it will claim: young Rob of Loxley. Rob’s mother and father, a yeoman forester and a wisewoman, have raised Rob and his sister, Marion, under a solemn duty: to take their parents’ places in the Old Religion as the manifestations of the Horned Lord and the Lady Huntress.
But when Gamelyn Boundys, son of a powerful nobleman, is injured in the forest, he and Rob begin a friendship that challenges both duty and ideology: Gamelyn is a devout follower of the Catholic Church. Rob understands the divide between peasant and noble all too well. And the old druid has foreseen that Gamelyn is destined to be Rob’s sworn enemy—to fight in a blood sacrifice for the greenwode’s Maiden.
In a risky bid for happiness, Rob dares the Horned Lord to reinterpret the ancient rites—to allow Rob to take Gamelyn as a lover instead of a rival. But in the eyes of Gamelyn’s church, lust is a sin—and sodomy is unthinkable.
Where to begin… This story was epic! Truly epic! Set in 1180 Yorkshire, Greenwode is the story of Rob of Loxley and Gamelyn before Rob becomes Robyn Hood. It was rich and vibrant and magical. Everything, no matter how mundane seeming at the time, had a place in the story. The lore of the pagans was well told, though I have no idea of its accuracy, and its contrast to the Christian religion poignant. I was so invested in Rob and Gamelyn’s relationship that every hardship that came their way affected me. All the characters were well developed and real feeling.
I often liken my reading experience to watching movies. The scenes are set so well you can see it play out in your head. Some are Blockbuster Action Flicks, some are m/m’s version of a chick flick, and some are epic adventures. This was like Braveheart and the new Robin Hood with the magic and length of Lord of the Rings. You need to have time dedicated to experiencing Greenwode.
The end demanded part two to be “read” immediately and I am listening to it as we speak. I highly recommend for anyone who loves magic, ill fated love and stories set in the middle ages.
I loved the narrator’s voice! He captured the personalities of the characters perfectly (with a different voice for each) and I was immersed in the location and time. My only complaint is that it was sometimes hard to tell the scene transitions within chapters, especially if it involved the same set of characters only a short time later. On a whole I loved the experience although I felt it took a long time to get through for the number of pages the ebook is listed at. I think I could have read it much faster and it wouldn’t have felt sooo long. Something to think about if you are trying to choose between the audio and print.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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