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Scarlet -- Stephen Lawhead
Written by Mike Noel   
Monday, 09 June 2008


Scarlet is the second book in Stephen Lawhead's King Raven Trilogy.  Just as with the first book in the series, Hood, this book is one of Lawhead's best.  The writing is easy going and accessible, the plot moves along at a good pace, and the characters are vivid and lifelike.  

This book follows the story of William Scarlet. Will is a fugitive who guesses that he can do better joining the Raven King's outlaws than going on his own.  Much suspicion in the Raven King camp keeps Will at a distance until he is captured during a raid.  From then on the group plans and executes a bold rescue attempt. 

The book is largely told from first person perspective as Will is narrating his life story to a monk while he is kept in prison awaiting his hanging.  Through out the story we see how the Raven King's band (also known as Robin Hood) is transforming from a ragged band of displaced peasants at the end of Hood to a village that is growing together.  Despite some extreme hardships there is a feeling of hope that maybe they will make it through. Will's rescue is symbolic of this hope.

Yet another excellent book from Stephen Lawhead.

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