Thank you! This grimdark reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, first in a projected trilogy, takes little from its source but the names and setting. Robin Loxley is already a consummate woodsman by age 7, when his father abandons him in the Winter Forest.
Shadow of the Wolf by Amelia Wilson
An abortive escape attempt leaves Robin blind and Marian imprisoned, but the capricious Forest gods have other plans…. Rather, brace for bestial squalor and sadism, emphasizing cowardice, hypocrisy, madness, bloodlust, rape, and incest, and lingering on the grisly details of torture and savagery. Characters operate as mere puppets of a narrative propelled by cryptic forebodings and snatches of prophecy. The Sheriff is little more than a generic epitome of evil; his henchmen are mostly sniveling lackeys or psychopaths almost comical in their grotesquerie; Marian, whether as madcap tomboy or assassin mastermind, functions primarily to motivate Robin.
Robin himself is strangely aloof and opaque, revealing little personality beyond sullen hate, berserker fury, and a consuming obsession with Marian more creepy than romantic. Imaginative depth and exquisite craft in service to a bleak and brutal muse. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
The Sheriff was the main enemy and he really is evil and twisted. This, again, i hope will be taken further in the next book because there is so much more that can be done with this character and there is so much that is unknown about him. Edric, if The Sheriff is evil, this guy is truly psychotic. I loved the way this character was portrayed. It was just right. I sometimes find that characters like Edric are over dramatised, but here it was not. The writing in this book was second to none. Definitely one of my favourite YA books of all time. Please read it. If you do not like cliffhangers, do not read this book.
Aug 21, Leonie Byrne rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , favourite-authors. I picked this book up on a whim in the library. The cover appealed to me naughty judging a book by its cover, I know! I've also always been a huge fan of Robin Hood and have enjoyed many different adaptations. This one, this is my absolute favourite.
Incredibly well written, Tim Hall drags you head first into this fast paced novel and it just becomes more and more incredible as it goes on. I was physically unable to put it down, I read it in bed, I read it while cooking, I read it on the train I picked this book up on a whim in the library. I was physically unable to put it down, I read it in bed, I read it while cooking, I read it on the train and I read it at work.
This is a Robin Hood story like no other. Different and yet the same, on a few parts of the novel I frequently recognised parts of the original story which had been twisted to fit this darkened tale. This novel is exceptional by any standards but for a first novel it is really incredible. I look forward to the next novel in the series! Nov 07, Polly rated it it was amazing. This was an amazing retelling of the Robin Hood story - and also not what I expected at first.
It was really grisly, I don't think I've ever read a book with this much torture and gore in it, and even if I did, I for sure wouldn't have finished it. But this story and re-imagining were so good that I didn't even care. The horror isn't put in just to shock, but it actually an integral part of Robin and Marian's journeys. I can't wait until the next book is available. Dec 28, Kallie Thompson rated it really liked it. This book was a little slow at 1st, but near the end, it started to become really exciting.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!!!! What a crazy twist! Feb 20, Grace rated it did not like it Shelves: i-am-underwhelmed. I was expecting this to be about werewolves, which I hate, but my desire to consume any media connected with Robin Hood knows no limits. The good news: it's not actually technically about werewolves. Instead the supernatural powers at work come in the form of mythological elder gods of the forest.
The bad news: it might as well be about werewolves. This book somehow managed to be both dull and also grotesque. When looking for something to describe as "boring," usually things like violence, madness I was expecting this to be about werewolves, which I hate, but my desire to consume any media connected with Robin Hood knows no limits. When looking for something to describe as "boring," usually things like violence, madness, supernatural incest, cannibalism, bloodrage, and torture don't spring to mind.
Shadow of the Wolf is consistently dripping in gore and grime, and yet also is mind-numbingly tedious.
With the strong human tendency to be fascinated by the horrifying, it would almost take actual skill to create a yawn-fest like this out of such carnage. Aug 03, Fantasy Writer 4 Life rated it it was amazing. Well- written. I wish the library had the next book in the series!!! I will have to request it. May 25, Kelesea rated it it was amazing Shelves: edelweiss , beautiful-writing , kickass-heroines , mind-effing , coverly-love , fantasy , gory , twisted , all-time-favorites , book-babies.
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Probably every review now. God, I love my husband for patiently explaining how technology works to me.. Okay, moving on! I can distinctly remember wiling away more days than was actually healthy, dreaming of leading The Merry Men on countless adventures full of coin, danger, and excitement. It helped foster my passionate love of British literature. Normally, retellings make me nervous; I love them, but they make me anxious in that, in giving their own spin on a beloved, classic tale.
I'm happy to tell you guys that Tim Hall does not disappoint. I loved the feel of it; the high fantasy spin put on an already historically rooted tale. Robin Hood is the same, and yet different: A wild boy, a boy versed in the ways of the forbidding woods that ring his peaceful dwelling. But with mysterious whispers of winter-born, dangerous legends, and the fear of the other villagers, Robin's only solace is the fiery, free-spirited Marian, his other half, his partner in crime, and, in some ways, his soulmate.
He enjoys the life of a squire, but all of that is ripped away when a dark shadow falls upon our heroes tiny village: It is the Sheriff of Nottingham, a man of sick, deviant practices, ruling with fear and brute force, and he wants only one thing: Marian. Ripped away from one another, both Robin and Marian embark on a dark path, one that cannot be turned away from once tread..
For the most part, I really, really enjoyed this lovely, dark debut. It had the old, classical feel of the original Robin Hood, but it also had creepy, dark Gothic elements that served not only to enhance the story, but to enrich it. I never imagined I would be scared of the bumbling Sheriff Nottingham of Disney's beloved film, but Hall paints a very different, and distinct, picture of him: A man not above anything to satisfy his gluttonous urges, and willing to do anything to capture the object of his desire: Marian.
This book was incredibly enjoyable, a wild ride full of meaning and emotion. The characters are wonderful: complex, nuanced, real. They felt like real people. Silent, sinuous, watchful Robin, longing to be a part of a village that sees him as cursed, ostracizing him and even being cruel.
And then there's the lovely, lively Marian, free-spirited and alluring, even in her adolescent years, an arresting foil to her companion. The Sheriff makes a terrifying villain, but what intrigued me most was his fascination with Marian, and his desire for her. What really sold this, though, was the character development.
It was rich and wonderful, and it was real.
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Robin and Marion, changing from carefree, excitable children to two hardened warriors, working to take down the Sheriff at any cost, even if it costs them their lives, or worse, their love for one another. I, unfortunately, couldn't give this book a completely perfect rating; at times in parts of the novel, the tense kept changing from past to present, and it was confusing, especially where the narrative was concerned. But regardless, it was a wonderful debut and a great retelling!
A must read for any diehard fan of Robin Hood! Mar 16, Charlie Peng rated it really liked it. I thought this book was a mix of adventure, romance, and overall a pretty thrilling novel to read. The suspense at the beginning where it alluded to a greater wolf spirit gave the book a lot of mystery that I enjoyed. Also, the fact that the main characters of the story were two young children progressing from years old was very relatable. I felt like it needed more action, however.
Some of the action parts of the book were too predictable, and kind of felt too scripted. I kind of wish ther I thought this book was a mix of adventure, romance, and overall a pretty thrilling novel to read. I kind of wish there was more unpredictability in the story. The lowest act can spark greatness, an intended kindness can bring misery- all such consequence impossible to predict.
I chose this quote because it related to the topic of how one small act of kindness can cause such big ripples and changes throughout the world, and people nowadays have to see that their voices matter a lot in the world. It really inspired me and made me see that the book wasn't just a low thrill-seeking adventure novel but something related to everyone's purpose in the world. I was very excited to read this book because I'm a huge fan of the original story and I couldn't wait to see which direction Hall was going to take with the plot and characters.
The story follows a young Robin who at the beginning of the book finds that his family have abandoned him. Left to survive on his own, he uses his independence as a shield to protect himself against fu 'Shadow of the Wolf' is an astounding new interpretation of the traditional tale of Robin Hood by debut author Tim Hall. Left to survive on his own, he uses his independence as a shield to protect himself against further hurt. His solitary life begins to change however when he meets Marian in the forest and discovers his true soulmate.
The two seem destined to be together but when Marian is taken from him, he determines to do whatever it takes to get her back. My favourite part of the story was the very beginning when Robin and Marian are young and roaming free together. They are living an idyllic life which they both know won't last forever but which they cherish for the simple fact that they are with each other. They embrace the beauty of the forest which is all around them and revel in having nobody to answer to but themselves.
Although deep down they realise they are playing at living a fantasy, nothing else matters to them except for being together. Throw out all of your preconceptions about Robin and Marian because these two characters are unlike anything you could have anticipated. Marian is not the helpless heroine you may have been used to seeing her as.
She is headstrong, fiery, determined, intelligent and above all resilient. She endures terrible things in the book but I had absolute faith in her that she would always manage see things through. Although there were times when I found her less that likeable, mainly due to her spiky temperament, I never stopped admiring her strength and endurance. Robin too has to face unspeakable horrors and is far from the merry figure with his bow and arrow that we are used to seeing.
I felt great pity for him throughout the book and I kept desperately hoping for something good to happen to him. Some other familiar faces crop up in the story with Will Scarlett, Much, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sir Bors all making appearances. It was great to see Tim Hall interweaving all of these secondary characters, although again don't expect them to act like you would have imagined. The Forest too is like a character in itself. It is dangerous and mysterious and conceals many secrets which slowly begin to unravel.
The plot took an unusual and unexpected turn about half-way through which turned everything on it's head and made me think about the book in a totally different way. It is incredibly rich in detail, wonderfully written and so unique that this truly is a Robin Hood tale unlike anything you could ever have dreamt of. I was still left with so many questions at the end however, that I am looking forward immensely to the next instalment in the series. Jan 25, LouLou rated it really liked it.
This retelling cleverly distorts whatever you may think you know about the classic tale and turns in on its head. Set to be a trilogy, this foreboding chronicle has no merry men, no tights, and certainly no giving to the poor. So forget everything you think you know about Robin, Maid Marian, and Sherwood forest because you're in for a wildly fierce adventure. Set somewhere in Great Britain during the medieval time period, readers, through third person narrative, are introduced to Robin and his cohort Marian at a very young age.
This part of the novel may seem to drag, but it is an imperative exposition for readers to understand why as adults Robin and Marian are so connected. The story behind the legend is hinted at early on, and in some cases readers may feel as if they are just a fingertip's reach away from uncovering the full saga, but Hall is a tease and will not beseech the reader's plea until the tale is almost concluded, and even then the complete story is only unraveled a smidgen!
A pesky disappointment is that the author did not include a map to go along with the narrative. It would be so handy for readers to be able to better acquaint themselves with the adventures Robin encounters in various parts of his travels. A lengthy volume, coming in at nearly pages, it stays the course because the prose is enchanting and in some cases lyrical, the battle scenes are gruesome, and the mixture of myth and mayhem create an awesome re-imagining of the traditional version.
Robin Hood meets the Hulk, with fantasy flair. This tale will make you quiver! But it's all still here, lurking amid the mist. A world of gods, and monsters, rolling their final dice. A time of heroes and demons, and the horror that shadows both. The world of Robin Hood Mar 09, Claire rated it liked it. I would just give this three stars - only just. I was expecting great things from this, as "a Robin Hood However, I felt very cheated and short changed. It's difficult to talk about the book because so much of it is pure plot and little else and that would lead to spoilers.
The book begins well enough with a young Robin finding his way and Hall does create a believable world of a village with a hierarchy on the edge of the fores I would just give this three stars - only just. The book begins well enough with a young Robin finding his way and Hall does create a believable world of a village with a hierarchy on the edge of the forest fighting for survival.
No one goes into the forest willingly and there is fear and superstition about what would happen if you enter at your peril which taps the medieval world's views. Even Robin's relationship with Marian is endearing enough. Where the book really loses its way is in the middle section where Robin encounters Herne the Hunter who is more like a curmudgeonly Tom Bombadil figure than the noble figure you would expect. There is a great deal of crashing around in the forest and far too much plot. Pacing is a problem in the book.
Hall doesn't marry together the legend with his fantastical elements. The book becomes more Mad Max at the end and the violence jars. There is also a huge amount of teasing and hinting without resolution. Readers need to be respected and allowed to work out some points but we are never given enough to go on. The ending is very inconclusive which is just plain annoying. Some kind of resolution was needed: a reader has invested some time in getting to this point.
I just felt very cross at the end and hard done by. If a series was planned, the initial book still needs to reach a satisfactory point and point the reader forward. There's some sound writing here and this is a first novel but can't help feeling this was over ambitious and sadly ill advised.
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There is nothing I love more than a book with an actual plot. Or a book with drama and mystery. Or a book where the underdog rises up. Or a book with an array of interesting characters. Or a book with a sweet romance that actually adds to the plot. Or a book that suddenly turns into an episode of Supernatural. Or a book with kickass actions scenes. Or, any book that reminds me of Game of Thrones. Shadow of the Wolf has all of the above.
A gory and dark take on Robin Hood and th There is nothing I love more than a book with an actual plot. This book seems huge! I found myself skimming that first half of the book. Shadow of the Wolf is the first in what is sure to be an epic trilogy. Mixed with action sequences to blow you away. Full of evil villains and loyal friends. Review at YABC! You think you know the story of Robin Hood? Forgot it all if you want to read and enjoy this book. To be honest, you are warned about this right from the off.
Virtually every aspect of the traditional Robin Hood story has been removed from this telling. Instead we get a young Robin and Marion with a special connection between them. We get a slightly mutilated Sheriff with a strong desire to imprison Marion. There is no Little John and Friar Tuck. There is a forest, and there are woodland gods. To You think you know the story of Robin Hood? To be honest, this book started fairly slow. I wasn't connecting with the characters. Thought Robin was a little wet. Then a few years past and Robin is being trained up. This is when it started to get good.
Then something happens to Robin and the book steps up a gear again. It is a dark story, but very well told. If the authour had removed the names and slightly changed the location - it would have still been a good read, and may have got 5 stars as i would not be waiting for some of the well known Robin Hood characters to pop up in some guise. There could be, but the book does have a conclusion of sorts. If there is one, i will be getting it. Feb 10, Charlotte Webb rated it it was amazing.
I love books that retell a well known story in a different way. Shadow of the Wolf is a great retell of Robin Hood that was full of darkness and mystery. I could barely put this book down as I had to find out what happened next to both Robin and Marian. The forest gods were an amazing idea and fit into the story really well as well as adding mystery to it. One of the main things I loved was the way Robin could 'see' after the sheriff ordered his eyes to be cut out, how he could view the world th I love books that retell a well known story in a different way.
One of the main things I loved was the way Robin could 'see' after the sheriff ordered his eyes to be cut out, how he could view the world through the animals of the forest. Another thing about this book that I loved was how Marian wasn't your typical 'damsel in distress', she'd fight back and could actually be quite vicious when she needed to be.
I have nothing but praise for this book and I know for a fact it's going to be one I'm going to be returning to again and again. Jan 23, Benjamin rated it liked it Shelves: werewolves , fantasy , young-adult. This was marketed as Young Adult, but like Abercrombie's Shattered Seas books there's very little of the genre in the writing aside from the protagonists ages and a simpler, more straight-forward story. There is a werewolf, but it's a more elemental, supernatural thing.
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This angle makes for a very different take on the Robin Hood legend and the characters are all very different as well. That's actually where the book partially fails. The story of Robin Hood is very well known so there is no need This was marketed as Young Adult, but like Abercrombie's Shattered Seas books there's very little of the genre in the writing aside from the protagonists ages and a simpler, more straight-forward story.
The story of Robin Hood is very well known so there is no need to provide a lot of background, but the supernatural parts are hardly explained at all, even after pages. It doesn't quite mesh and the last section of the book, where it finally begins to resemble the story we all know, feels rushed compared to the rest of the book.
The first of a trilogy and I may or may not pick up the next book.
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Rating: 7. Oct 18, Kirsti rated it it was amazing. This book started out really slow for me, as the relationship between Robin and Marion progressed. At pages, I had no idea how deeply I would be drawn into this dark and grisly world. But I was!
By the end of the book my hands were desperate for more pages, and I hadn't wanted to stop reading, just to find out what happens next! None of the characters are what you've been led to expect from cute, folksy Robin Hood tales. There is dark magic here, real vengeance. There is graphic torture and m This book started out really slow for me, as the relationship between Robin and Marion progressed.
There is graphic torture and murder, and most of the characters approach death like an animal ripping another apart. I literally was spellbound! For a dark retelling while also being entirely new and unique, I definitely recommend giving this book a try. You won't regret it! Sep 12, J. Thoroughly enjoyed this re-imagining of Robin Hood. Gripping story and first class writing! Hall's descriptions are so vivid, I really felt like I was part of the world and the character interactions are superb - really believable, never cheesy as can happen when there's a little romance involved.
I've always loved the legend of Robin Hood and the author has taken it to new and fascinating places. The story did take a bit of a weird turn half way through but maybe I should have expected it to Thoroughly enjoyed this re-imagining of Robin Hood. The story did take a bit of a weird turn half way through but maybe I should have expected it to go in this direction if I'd paid more attention to the title and the subtle hints in the opening chapters.