- Title: Hood
- Series: no. stand alone
- Author: Jenny Elder Moke
- Publisher & Release: Disney – Hyperion, June 9th 2020
- Length: 320 pages
- Rate & Recommend: ⭐⭐⭐⚡ for fans of the genre!
Thank you so much to Disney Book Group via NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own!
Hood is actually the first Robin Hood retelling I have ever read. It follows Robin & Marien’s daughter, Isabelle, as she learns her parents’ true identities and discovers her place in the world.
Here is the summary from GoodReads:
You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call.
Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood.
As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf’s clutches and find the father she’s never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?
I don’t know much about the actual historic time period but rotten kings and dashing outlaws and overcoming oppression always attracted me to the Robin Hood story. Even with little to no historical knowledge, Hood makes a great story. I loved seeing Isabelle grow in confidence and strength, and was so happy when she made a few choice excellent bow & arrow shots.
The characters are great, I never felt too attached to any of them but they are a witty, loyal bunch of mixed talents. The banter in Hood is definitely note worthy. Isabelle’s romance probably could have been left out – I didn’t see any context to it – but the Robin and Marien love story was PERFECT. Truly perfect. What a pompous ass Robin was 😂
The pacing was very well done as well, plenty of action spread out so that I never got bored. I read the book in two sittings and enjoyed it fully. Between the plot itself, the characters, and the absolutely excellent ending, I would definitely recommend this one to young adult readers and fans of these types of legends.
I docked the star for a tad bit of repetitive language and for not feeling the romance aspect at all.
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