Saturday, 9 June 2012

TEEN: Scarlet - AC Gaughen

Release Date: 07/06/12  
Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only her fellow outlaws, John Little, Much and Robin Hood know the truth - this agile thief is no boy but in fact a fearless young woman with a secret past. But Scarlet is torn between her desire to get as far from Lord Gisbourne as possible and a strong sense of responsibility to those who took her in when she was first on the run. As Gisbourne draws closer to Scarlet and puts innocent lives at risk, she must decide how much the people of Nottinghamshire mean to her, especially John Little and Robin, whose quick smiles and temper have the rare power to unsettle Scarlet. Full of exciting action, secrets and romance, this imaginative retelling of the classic tale will have readers following every move of Robin Hood and his band of thieves.  

A modern retelling of the Robin Hood myth with a twist within that really makes this truly remarkable storytelling. The lead character Scarlet is a woman of daring, great skills and of course whilst she can fight, the sheer brutality of the time make this a book to be savoured by readers of all ages. Add to this a solid storytelling themes, great prose, danger and of course combat all go on to add additional layers and flavours to the story. Back that up with a wonderful sense of pace, solid dialogue and all in this book will appeal to both genders seeking adventure, historical escapism and a great tale all wound up within. Finally back this up with a suitably dark villain, some cracking sequences and a solid twist of fate or two all go to make this something special. Great stuff. 


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