Monday, March 5, 2012

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Katie tells us about a brand new version of Robin Hood...
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Retellings of classic tales are very in vogue right now--Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Jane Eyre. Classic romances have been revived, but Scarlet  by A.C. Gaughen is cause for celebration as it marks the revival of the classic adventure story and the return of Robin Hood.

Meet Will Scarlet--member of Robin Hood’s merry band of men, skilled thief, knife fighter, and complete mystery to most. Only Robin’s inner circle know that Scarlet is actually a girl. And only Scarlet knows what her life was like before Robin found her thieving in London. As Scarlet works with Robin, John Little, Much, and Tuck to protect the poor, nothing more seems to matter than her abilities to steal and fight. That is, until the past catches up with her present in the form of thief-taker Lord Gisbourne. Suddenly, Scarlet is thrust into a battle for her life and the life of those she loves.

Scarlet has the level of action and suspense that is usually reserved for dystopian novels these days. Gaughen doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the setting of England under King Richard. Instead she cuts right to the good stuff that we all love about Robin Hood--the high adventure, the noble causes brought to fruition by underhanded and clever means, and the romance. Scarlet’s name reflects the scars she carries both inside and out, but her strength to still fight for what is right against the odds is what makes her such an appealing heroine, both to the reader and to Robin Hood and John Little.

An amazing stand alone book (that leaves just enough of an open door to welcome a possible sequel someday), it’s perfect for anyone who loves a good fight scene or ever had a crush on Robin Hood.

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