This is my first encounter with Jacque Stevens fairy tale retellings and I loved the story! This story is a gender-bent twist on the classic Robin Hood tale as Robin of Locksley has gone off to war and Marian is left at home to care for the estate and the nearby town. When Robin of Locksley fails to return from the crusades, the evil sheriff moves in and claims Marian’s land for himself, laying heavy burdens on the town in the form of taxes. To fight back, Marian dons Robin’s Hood and pretends to be Robin’s spirit come back from the dead.
I loved Marian and her willingness to help her people. This is a great story that is complex and deals with the gender roles of the period while at the same time presenting a heroine that is relatable and strong. I loved the gender-bent twist and the side characters were also very well done. These fun fairy tale retellings are a bit shorter and currently Robin’s Hood can be found only in the Enchanted Kingdom’s Anthology. Although I do believe Robin’s Hood will eventually be available for purchase on its own.
This review is only of Robin’s Hood and not the entire Enchanted Kingdom’s Anthology.
I can’t wait to find out what happens in book 2!
If you are into fun gender-bent fairy tale retellings with a relatable female protagonist, then check out Robin’s Hood by Jacque Stevens.
Who is the girl under Robin’s Hood?
Orphaned at five and widowed at sixteen, Marian is the sole heir of Locksley keep and the Earldom of Huntingdon. Her husband, Robin of Locksley, never returned from the crusades, leaving her at the mercy of the sheriff. He chooses her a new husband among his brutal lackeys and taxes her people to rags and starvation.
Marian is sidelined and powerless, but rumors spread of a charismatic thief who could change everything. Clever, brave, and strong, his followers claim that the hooded rogue is Robin’s spirit back from the grave.
Only Marian knows the truth. Her husband is dead, but under his hood, she could be invincible.
The King of Thieves is dead. Long live the Queen.
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