Review- The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood Stories #1)

The Ghosts of Sherwood (The Robin Hood Stories #1)
By: Carrie Vaughn
Release Date: June 9th, 2020
Series: The Robin Hood Stories

Sometimes I love classic stories being re-imagined and sometimes I am let down by them. In Carrie Vaughn’s The Ghosts of Sherwood we see her interpretation of the life of Robin Hood but instead of focusing on the man, myth and legend himself she tells us a tale of his life years later, no longer an outlaw but still brave, but also a family man that is trying to protect his family and lands. Also, we learn more about his kids than the man and Marian which I really enjoyed.

When the Locksley children are kidnapped they must rely on their wits, the myth of their father and the forest around them in order to escape their captors. We see guest appearances from many of Robin’s crew, we get an update on the political side of things as far King Richard and his dastardly brother John and we’re treated to the new characters in the three Locksley children, Mary, John and Eleanor.

Honestly I adored these new characters in the children. Each was very well fleshed out to me, realistic and believable. Vaughn gave me reasons to cheer for each of them and personality quirks that endeared them to me further. Mary is growing up and worried that she may be forced to marry, John is beginning to see that the task of being the Lord of Locksley will come to him and Eleanor, mute and brilliant, sees everything going on around them.

Some re-tellings can completely miss the mark but Vaughn did a fantastic job. At just 112 pages long this was a quick, enjoyable and fun read.

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Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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