The Sherwood legend is alive and well, evidenced by the inclusion of Robin Hood related characters in the popular television series ONCE UPON A TIME, recent buzz about turning Nottingham Castle into a "world class visitors attraction" (so say BBC News) and now this, author Laura Strickland’s latest novel. The historical romance author decided to step away from Scottish romances for a while and penned her latest, DAUGHTER OF SHERWOOD. The story herein covers Sherwood Forest, here a magical place that guards the world itself. As the last guardian passes, Sherwood though seeming quite alive and possessing magic enough to protect itself, needs help. Indeed, it is in sore need of a new set of protectors. Sparrow Littlejohn believes there are only three people for the job: himself, his friend Martin Scarlet, and Wren—none other than the daughter of Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
Wren (or Rennie, as they tend to call her) has grown up sheltered under the nose of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and under the lustful eye of his commander, Lambert. The man can’t keep his hands to himself and when Wren fights back, she finds she can no longer stay at the castle. Her guardians spirit her away to Sherwood Forest where she meets Sparrow again and begins to learn something of the magic of the forest. More than that, she learns that she must take on her own magic, to combine with Sparrow’s and Martin’s, in order to maintain the three-sided circle of protection around Sherwood.
As Wren comes to love them both, she must balance their strengths, for without them, without Sherwood’s magic, England will be forever lost. Or, so the legend goes. Martin’s a bit of a challenge though, hotheaded and yet, somewhat blind, he can’t seem to see what’s right in front of him.
Will his rage see them all hanged before the Sheriff dies? Will the evil Lambert capture Wren?
Will Wren choose Martin? Or give her heart to Sparrow?
You’ll have to read to find out.
Though I must admit, I wanted to whallop Martin half the time, I loved Laura Strickland’s novel, and its fresh take on the Robin Hood Legend and I look forward to reading the next in the Guardians of Sherwood series—CHAMPION OF SHERWOOD and LORD OF SHERWOOD, coming this August. If you’d like to check it out, DAUGHTER OF SHERWOOD is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, Itunes, Kobo, and The Wild Rose Press.
Find out more about Laura Strickland and the Guardians of Sherwood series at: http://www.laurastricklandbooks.com/
I purchased my review copy at Amazon.