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  • Paperback
  • 438 pages
  • Hood (King Raven, Book 1)
  • Stephen R. Lawhead
  • English
  • 22 March 2019
  • 9781904233718

10 thoughts on “Hood (King Raven, Book 1)

  1. says:

    Robin Hood and Friar Tuck together once againbut not quite as all of us remember them Never fear HOODitesSir Daffy s oscar worthy portrayal notwithstanding, Stephen Lawhead s re imagining of the Robin Hood legend is among the best I ve come across and is praise deserving for both its realism and its fresh, unique interpretation of the familiar tale For the most part, I found this version very effective Rather than England s well trodden Sherwood Forest, Lawhead has transported his story to the dense, primeval forests of Wales and set the tale during the late 11th century, immediately following the Norman conquest of England under William the Conqueror Yep, the French have landed in England and they are tossing farm animals and farting in everyone s general direction While consolidating his rule in England, William has turned his hungry eyes toward Wales and has begun confiscating a governmental euphemism for stealing Welsh lands and bestowing them on his most loyal followers This extreme redistribution of wealth causes quite a bit of WTF in Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, especially after his poppa is rendered life impaired by a group of vile Frenchies on their way to take possession of Bran s home Later, after being rendered mostly dead himself i.e., slightly alive , Bran manages to pull a Houdini and escapes deep into the heart of the ancient Welsh woods There he meets a mysterious healer sage poetess who nurses Bran back to health while simultaneously educating indoctrinating him in the lore of the mythical Raven King And after much anecdoting, some events, some mythical yarn spinning and some events, including the creation of the trademark bow, the avenging angel known as the Hood is born I don t want to spill specific spoilage about Bran s transformation because part of the charm of the story to watch the becoming slowly unfold While I think it went on a little longer than I would have liked, Lawhead s depiction of Bran growing in his new role was very well doneI see eerie similarities between Bruce Wayne s transformation into the Dark Knight in Batman Begins Yes, I went there and I stand by it Lawhead plays the story as straight historical fiction but provides enough mystery that some elements lend themselves to fantastic interpretation I think Lawhead straddles this line deftly without losing his balance Additionally, his use of Welsh Irish English myth and legend is polished and seamlessly woven into the story of the Raven King at least in my limited knowledge and I give him full marks for his use of these elements in the narrative All this begs the questionWHY oh WHY only 3 stars The short answer is, I m not entirely sure and may revisit this after reading the next two books which I intend to do I certainly enjoyed it and think the background, the characters and the story were very good There were some slow plot spots and a few times when I found my attention doing a bit of wandering and in the end there was not enough cracking of Norman nuts to give me a full dose of the satisfieds Still, I liked it I just wasn t quite smitten enough to grant the 4th star I feel a bit stingy because of it, but there you go 3.5 stars..oh so close to 4 Highly Recommended


  2. says:

    DNF d at 35% I m just not feeling this The story is decent enough and I love the idea of a gritty, realistic, Welsh Robin Hood The execution is just falling flat, and there s too much out there I want to read to continue reading a book I don t care about.There s something off about this writing While I wouldn t necessarily call it bad, it feels forced Like the author is making a conscious effort to dumb down his narrative to make it YA It ends up reading about as flat as a poorly done translation from a foreign language.So yeah, I don t think this fails because it is YA I think it fails because the author isn t writing YA well I have no idea how his writing is for his adult books, but this didn t give me a lot of incentive to try any.


  3. says:

    Lawhead is one of my favorite authors, so I had a built in interest in his King Raven trilogy as soon as I heard about it This first volume didn t disappoint Unlike the author s Dragon King and Song of Albion fantasy trilogies, this one is a work of historical fiction like Parke Godwin in Sherwood, he s set himself to re imagine what the actual roots of the Robin Hood legend might have been like, and like the latter he locates Robin in the 11th century, not the 12th Lawhead, though, places the doughty outlaw later than Godwin, in the reign of William II and locates him in the Welsh marches, as a Celtic Briton fighting for his land and people in the face of creeping Norman conquest This, of course, reflects the writer s well known fascination with all things Celtic but as might be expected from his penchant for thorough research, it isn t without arguable historical justification some of which he sketches in the fascinating Robin Hood in Wales historical note that follows the novel proper.While Hood isn t a fantasy per se, though, it has its roots in legend and lore, a forest setting that s certainly a place of mystery and secrets, and as in, for instance, Hawthorne s The Scarlet Letter the occasional ambiguous hint of something that might or might not be truly supernatural Lawhead s knowledge of Welsh history and folktales is in evidence although the story Angharad tells Bran about his namesake is altered considerably from the known version More importantly, his ability to spin an involving story is front and center This is a story of cruel injustice and, ultimately, of brave and creative response to injustice but though it has violent action in places not as grisly gory as in some Lawhead novels , it s not solely about fighting with swords and bows Robin here named Bran doesn t come to his liberating mission as a full blown hero like Minerva leaping from the brain of Jove he s an older teen in most of the book, a human being with realistic psychological baggage, and he has to grow into his calling Watching him do that is as fascinating as the action scenes A lot could be written favorably about this book but suffice it to say that it s a worthy addition to literature s Robin Hood canon It also ably sets the stage for the next volume, Scarlet and now, for me, it s on to that one


  4. says:

    Hood is an intriguing story, full of action and interesting character development A realistic retelling of


  5. says:

    10 8 2015 Addendum I just got an email that someone liked this review and it took me a moment to even remember that I had read it Usually I don t have a problem remember a book I ve read, even years later With this one, however, I cannot even remember anything about the plot Could be relevant Original review I m not any sadder for reading this book, but I m certainly not any enriched or anything His historical spin on the Robin Hood legend is well conceived but poorly executed It s got plenty of action and the dialogue isn t awful, but there was just something missing for me I didn t care about the protagonist and I didn t love or hate anyone else in the story It was just one of those books that I had no problem finishing, but when I was done just sort of shrugged, scratched my nose and took it back to the library Didn t really make a mark at all Fairly predictable plot lines, characters that aren t awful but that don t really evoke any kind of emotional response either way If you really really really like Robin Hood then it s probably something you ll enjoy at least a little bit, but beyond that I have nothing to say.


  6. says:

    Stephen Lawhead s new trilogy about Robin Hood, the King Raven trilogy, is pretty unusual in its portrayal of Robin Hood as a Welsh prince in the time of William II rather than a dispossessed aristocrat during Richard the Lionheart s crusades Stephen Lawhead includes an epilogue, Robin Hood in Wales , in which he explains his reasoning It will seem strange to many readers, and perhaps even perverse, to take Robin Hood out of Sherwood Forest and relocate him in Wales worse still, to remove all trace of Englishness, set his story in the eleventh century, and recast the honourable outlaw as an early British freedom fighter My contention is that although in Nottingham, the Robin Hood legends found good soil in which to grow they must surely have originated elsewhere.As far as I can tell, Lawhead s hypothesis is reasonable I kind of wish he d included a list of sources, maybe referenced some other writers, as I know nothing else about this It s kind of appropriate that I read this now I go to a Welsh university where I m going to be studying the Robin Hood tradition next semester If anyone knows where to find research related to this, I d be really happy.It doesn t seem so implausible that the stories could have originated in Wales, for a start At heart, the tactics of Robin Hood seem similar to the tactics adopted by the Welsh Ultimately unsuccessful tactics, obviously And the Robin Hood stories were originally just a collection of oral folklore, probably appreciated most in places where people most felt that someone needed to be sticking it to the man Minstrels would apparently attach local place names to the tales, to make them interesting to the listeners It d probably be impossible now to figure out exactly where the stories originated from, really.It s interesting that two key, quintessentially English heroes were, to differing degrees of verifiability, actually appropriated from the Welsh As for the English Robin Hood with whom we are all so familiar just as Arthur, a Briton, was later Anglicised made into the quintessential English king and hero by the same enemy Saxons he fought against a similar makeover must have happened to Robin.I imagine that the makeover for Robin was less conscious than with Arthur, but it s still interesting that if you dig, the two main English heroes might not be so English at all Note that Briton refers to the indigenous population of the British Isles, before the Angles, Saxons and Normans.Reading reviews of this book all over the internet makes me feel a little sick when they declare that of course Robin could never be Welsh and I seriously quote Nothing good ever came out of Wales And others who were just uncomfortable with a Welsh Robin Which doesn t surprise me, knowing how English people have reacted in the past to me pointing out that the first Arthur stories were Welsh If the Robin Hood legends are somehow holy for you, then don t try this trilogy you won t like it.Saying that, despite the unusual choice of setting, the story isn t all that different Even though Stephen Lawhead acknowledges that Maid Marian was a sixteenth century addition to the legend, one of the characters does indeed go by the name M rian There s also John Iwan , Tuck Aethelfrith , Guy They don t all join the story in the traditional way, but the plot remains pretty close Robin himself is actually called Bran, in this story Rhi Bran.There s a lot that could be very, very interesting about this book It definitely makes me grin that the Welsh are so positively portrayed and their opponents rather negatively portrayed, and the idea of a Welsh Robin is, as far as I can tell, pretty bold and new The bias and setting are new, the drawing on Celtic myth is interesting I did recognise some bits that seemed to come right out of Lawhead s earlier research and invention for The Paradise War.One thing that definitely impressed me was the sensitivity to language There were Welsh names scattered through it, for people and for places, and the Normans used French phrases and words The Welsh didn t call themselves Welsh, which of course, they wouldn t have done The word Welsh originates from the Saxon wealas , which means foreigner I smiled a little to read the Welsh calling themselves Cymry Definitely appropriate.I have to say that it didn t come together into a whole very well for me, unfortunately Robin himself isn t terribly likeable he thinks he s God s gift to women, he wants to please himself, almost abandons his people He does eventually return to his duty, and take up his burden, but then he s a rather distant character, I found, and I still didn t connect with him Which is awkward, given that traditionally he is one of the most sympathetic characters Most of the characters weren t really fleshed out, and I kept getting flashbacks to the recent BBC adaptation of Robin Hood to fill in the gaps It doesn t help that the portrayals are quite one sided the Normans are grasping, greedy, the Welsh are the beleaguered peasants We all know who is Right and who is Wrong there s very little blurring of that, which could ve made it richer and interesting The story itself moves slowly, and by the end of the book the adventure we all know so well is only just kicking off In a way, that s good, because we now have a good and solid background, with the different political situation laid out for us The players are in place, hopefully the next books will be less about set up.Lawhead s writing is pretty readable, and not purple prose like his early stuff, but in itself this first book doesn t draw me into the trilogy very well It may pick up from here, but either way, I m reading it mostly because I m interested in the underlying ideas.Edit Having done a module on it, and read around on the subject, I have to say that Lawhead s idea of Robin being originally a Welsh story doesn t work Perhaps aspects of the tale might have come out of Wales, but the Robin Hood ballads didn t spread to Wales much You d expect something to have survived, even if only in fragments.Still a very interesting interpretation, though, and I d still like to see Lawhead s sources.


  7. says:

    Time read does not indicate I didn t love the book again, just that real life had me too tired to read the way I want to lately I don t remember where I first heard of this to be honest but I do remember tearing through this and the other two books very quickly, utterly enchanted by the characters and the world the author plopped them into Also bought the soundtrack hehe and its beautiful but digressing again This is just a rich and compelling world It takes the time setting up the tale and the circumstances that start to learn Bran into the man of legend that we ve become familiar with I love this version better than the one we all grew up even though that is still a good story on its own in its own right This version has meat in it and seems plausible.I read this the first time before I knew via my uncle we were descended from William the Conqueror Afterwards, it was a kick to see my ancestors mentioned while at the same time wanting to go back and time to give them a GibbsSmack and a nice swift kick We don t see them in person here but their presence and influence is made known.There are a few characters you will love to hate One starts off as a sniveling brat but turns into a sniveling brat who is trying to appear tough and goes to some extremes to prove his authority The other, for me at least, I hate within moments of his arrival on scene and that has not changed.A certain one view spoiler Neufmarche hide spoiler


  8. says:

    When I discovered a relatively new series of books based on the Robin Hood legend, I was immediately interested It began when I saw an ad here on Goodreads.com for Tuck, the recently published last installment of the trilogy It was one of those flashing ads that for the most part are simply annoying, but advertising works and I finally clicked on it and discovered a treasure Stephen Lawhead is an internationally known Christian writer who, I am somewhat ashamed to say, I had not heard of until recently I have, though, become a dedicated fan His books are usually classified as fantasy, which almost put me off, but reading some of the reviews on and Goodreads convinced me to give it a try I am so glad I did Hood is the first book in the trilogy Lawhead has taken the story and placed it a couple of centuries earlier than that of Richard the Lionheart, specifically in the late eleventh century following the rise of William the Conqueror and taken it out of Sherwood Forest and placed it in the forest of the March in Wales Bran ap Brychan is the young, selfish headstrong son of King Brychan ap Tewdwr of Elfael The Normans under William s son William the Red are taking every parcel of land from the native Britons and enslaving the people as their laborers When King Brychan and his men are murdered and Elfael falls under the rule of the weak but abusive Count de Braose, Bran s only concern is his own escape It isn t until after his own near death experience and the influence of the bard sorceress Angharad that he ever so slowly becomes the leader his people need to help them resist the Normans.This book had me from the beginning The writing is excellent, the characters are interesting and the story, while stamped with the author s own twists, is familiar so I never became lost The only difficult aspect of the book I found was the Celtic Welsh names I m just anal enough that I like to know how to pronounce what I m reading Thankfully, there is a pronunciation guide to help as well as a map of Wales and the southern part of England It takes several chapters before Lawhead s characters begin to resemble those we know Little John, Friar Tuck, Sir Guy, etc., but the story stands so well on its own that someone who has never heard of Robin Hood if such a person exists would still thoroughly enjoy every chapter For those like me who are not usually fantasy fans, this is historical fiction than fantasy so don t let the classification stop you from trying it.Lawhead is a gifted writer, a fact made even apparent by his lack of the use of profanity, illicit sex or unnecessary violence It was refreshing to read an author who doesn t need any of those in order to make an exciting realistic story There are obviously some battle scenes, but they are not violent simple for violence s sake All in all, this story is so well written and so clean that I have recommended it to my daughters and to some of their friends.


  9. says:

    4.5 starsThis is the start of a phenomenal trilogy, I can tell already This was my first Lawhead book, and I can t wait to read Robin Hood has been one of my favorite legends since I was little and first saw this version That fox was sexy Ahem, anyway I LOVED seeing these characters reimagined closer to how they would have been, were they real The story itself is timeless, but it always feels most at home in medieval times And setting them down in Wales rather than England was an inspired choice I haven t read much of Welsh history, but everything was handled fantastically and although I missed the forest being that of Sherwood, it was still the epic story we ve all come to know I ve read a bit about why Lawhead decided to change the setting and I agree with all of his points I would love to list them if I could find them again, but sadly they elude me I don t really recall the story ever dragging as I listened to the audiobook Adam Verner did an excellent job of reading and voicing all of the different characters, and Lawhead kicked off the action early on with a few notable deaths that served to set everything else in motion I do want to get hold of a hard copy of the book just so I can see how all these names are spelled the old woman who mentors Bran in particular Anglerod, it sounded like Anyway, she reminded me of Tanana from Brother Bear One review that I found on said that the reader could plausibly imagine everything except the raven costume Bran had going he said he just couldn t see it being realistic, and that if Bran was actually transforming instead of using a costume, it should have been labeled a fantasy rather than histfic To that, I say this remember, this book is set in medieval times People believed in witchcraft and all manner of superstitious things back in that day, and an enormous raven would most likely fit with the other nightmares they conjured up for themselves I felt like it was of the peoples imaginations running away with them rather than anything in particular that may have been done on Bran s part Although that costume did sound hella kickass.And the ending has definitely set things up for the sequel, which I can t wait to get my hands on Come on, library


  10. says:

    I m DNFing this particular edition because the narrator is absolutely atrocious Mispronunciations of British words by an american actor truly annoyed me but then he started mispronouncing american English words.But I must must must actually read the book It s set somewhere between 1066 post Norman Conquest and 1154 founding of the Angevins and features Normans, Franks, Saxons, Welsh history, and post conquest events This is very very very exciting Very Okay, so I m kind of a nut for this time period and the history of the British island So the story is exciting but the narrator totally freaking sucks I m dreading the narration so DNFing is my only option for saving the possibility of thoroughly enjoying this book Did I mention it s set shortly after the Norman Conquest


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About the Author: Stephen R. Lawhead

was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological college for two years His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non fiction books.After a brief foray into the music business as president of his own record company he began full time freelance writing in 1981 He moved to England in order to research Celtic legend and history His first novel, In the Hall of the Dragon King, became the first in a series of three books The Dragon King Trilogy and was followed by the two volume Empyrion saga, Dream Thief and then the Pendragon Cycle, now in five volumes Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, and Grail This was followed by the award winning Song of Albion series which consists of The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot.He has written nine children s books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross He is married to