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Hood -- Stephen Lawhead
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Hood is the first book in Stephen Lawhead's Raven King Trilogy. The trilogy is a retelling of the legend of Robin Hood but with a historical twist. After extensive research Lawhead is convinced that the real Robin Hood started in Wales, not England. In a small article at the end of this book Lawhead lays out his fairly convincing reasoning. But all of that aside, the book is excellent. Lawhead has always been a good story teller as there is some bardic lineage in his distant past. With Hood Lawhead's story telling abilities are out in full force. The story is full of deep and interesting characters, smart plots, and innovative scenes and settings.
This story covers the rise of the man who will be called Robin Hood. The Ffreinc (Norman) invaders have begun to expand their dominion into the Welsh lands. In doing so they kill the regional king and begin a harsh rule over the people. The king's son, Bran, escapes from the invaders with the intention of fleeing north to live with his extended family. However, the pull of the needs of the people keeps him there. Realizing he has no chance of regaining his land through either battle or politics, he resorts to guerrilla tactics to steal from the Ffreinc people. And the "steal from the rich, give to the poor" legend is born.
Obviously I have skipped major and significant portions of the story. For the reader who is unfamiliar with Lawhead's writings I can strongly recommend this book as one to start with. Very good.