292 pages| Published February 14th 2012 by Walker Children’s
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.
Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.
It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.
Review: 4 stars
I never really got into the story of Robin Hood when I was younger, so all I really knew before reading this book was that he robs from the rich and gives to the poor with his band of merry men. Well ‘Scarlet’ was a great introduction into this adventurous and fun tale. It’s a fantastic story full of action, courage and a little romance too 😉
Rather than focus this story on the traditional Robin Hood, the main character is Scarlet. Scarlet is a girl disguised as one of Robin Hood’s merry men. She is an awesome character! She’s tough, independent, funny, has a secret past, a hidden identity and just kicks ass. I always enjoy a heroine who doesn’t need to be rescued but does the rescuing; it’s totally empowering and makes me want to learn how to fight with knives too!
The other characters are also all really well written. There’s Robin Hood who you will no doubt develop a huge crush on! He’s caring, protective, loyal and just plain dreamy. Then there are the other two merry men – Bunch the sweet disabled boy and John the lady’s man who really are the truest friends to Scarlet. And then there are the evil characters; Gisbourne and the sheriff have to be the two most wicked men in town. Ugh I just want to punch them so hard in the face they never quite recover. These were all great characters who drew me further and further into the story.
It was wonderfully action packed with typical robin hood adventures (robbing from the rich and giving to the poor). I honestly had difficulty finding a spot to put it down! I also love that this story really didn’t focus on the romance, that was more of a side note but really just focused on building a decent plot.
This book was my wonderful introduction to the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men but even for those who are already huge fans of the story, you will love all the twists it takes and the secrets that will be unravelled. ‘Scarlet’ is a gripping and exciting story that will draw you in. This is a really entertaining read! Read it!