Knight of Sherwood: Outlaw’s Legacy, Book 2 by N.B. Dixon

Robin returns to England after four years fighting in the Holy Land. On arriving at Locksley, he discovers that Guy of Gisborne, his most hated enemy, has been made Sheriff of Nottingham. Forced to flee into Sherwood, Robin sets himself up as champion of the poor. But Robin has a secret. His feelings for his…

Robin returns to England after four years fighting in the Holy Land. On arriving at Locksley, he discovers that Guy of Gisborne, his most hated enemy, has been made Sheriff of Nottingham. Forced to flee into Sherwood, Robin sets himself up as champion of the poor.

But Robin has a secret. His feelings for his friend Will Scathelock have deepened, but to acknowledge the truth would mean facing up to his past. Meanwhile, Lady Marian Fitzwalter, heiress to the vast Huntingdon estate, is determined to claim Robin for her own.

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Masterfully Written Robin Hood Story with Mature Themes

REVIEW ON AMAZON ByJen

“My absolute favorite movie as a kid was Disney’s Robin Hood (you know the one with the Foxes and Prince John’s side kick was a snake – because he was evil). Before there were videos (yes, I am old and yes I saw this movie in the theater), there were records with the story, the songs, and the book. I played that record over and over again and because I had a turntable that had a repeat (and I was lazy), to my mother’s chagrin, I only played one side. So when I was offered the two Robin Hood based books, Heir of Locksley and Knight of Sherwood, I was pretty excited.

N.B. Dixon does a masterful job of weaving the details of the story of Robin Hood we all know with details of the time, thus giving the book a very historical feel. Additionally, the characters are a little different and multi-dimensional. Robin Hood is not pining after the Lady Marian in this version; instead, she has a mind of her own, situations beyond her control due to her gender and her circumstances, and her own agenda. This is not to say she is bad or evil – no, those are very clearly defined in the traditional characters of Prince John and Sheriff of Nottingham. It is the characters who in traditional Robin Hood tales are the good guys. These characters are very complex, and through Dixon’s skillful writing, the reader understands their motives, while they may not agree with their decisions.”

As far as a Behind Closed Doors Book Review book – it is very light on the spicy action (only a half-star), but the themes are mature. Will (the traditional Will Scarlet) is in love with Robin. And true to the times, this is not an easy nor accepted relationship among the villagers or nobles in England in the 12th century. The idea of loyalty, religion, king and country are also a major theme as this second novel begins while Robin and Will are on the Crusades in what is now Israel.

I read both Heir of Locksley and Knight of Sherwood in succession and I know there will be a third. Could you read Knight of Sherwood without having read the Heir of Locksley, yes, but it wouldn’t be as deep and wonderful of an experience as the first book really informs the characters. I am looking forward to the third book in the series!

About the Author

I’ve made up stories since I was a child. I loved to take characters from my favourite books or television programs and make up stories about them or continue existing stories. In fact, if I had ever published them, I’d be in flagrant breach of copyright.

My parents gave me books as soon as I was able to hold one and so my love of literature was born. I’ve always had a love of history and a taste for the dramatic, so writing Historical Fiction was a natural decision for me to make.

Away from all things literary, I am an enthusiastic theatre goer. I also play the piano for pleasure and I like to sing when I’m sure no one can hear me. I’m fond of cooking and long walks and even now I’m still a self-confessed bookworm.

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