The Death of Robin Hood #BookReview

T H E   D E A T H   O F   R O B I N   H O O D 

(T H E   O U T L A W   C H R O N I C L E S #8)

Angus Donald 

TDORH

 

My Rating : 5/5

The Blurb :

‘I charge you, Sir Alan Dale, with administering my death. At the end of the game, I would rather die by your hand than any other’

England rebels

War rages across the land. In the wake of Magna Carta, King John’s treachery is revealed and the barons rise against him once more. Fighting with them is the Earl of Locksley – the former outlaw Robin Hood – and his right-hand man Sir Alan Dale.

France invades

When the French enter the fray, with the cruel White Count leading the charge, Robin and Alan must decide where their loyalties lie: with those who would destroy the king and seize his realm or with the beloved land of their birth.

A hero lives for ever

Fate is inexorable and Death waits for us all. Or does it? Can Robin Hood pull off his greatest ever trick and cheat the Grim Reaper one last time just as England needs him most?

My Review : 

I am so sad that I have come to the end of The Outlaw Chronicles. It is one of the best historical series that I have come across.  It is beautifully written and the pacing through out is remarkable.  Angus Donald has done a remarkable job in bringing the legend of Robin Hood to life.

There is of course a huge spoiler in the title of this book. The novel does indeed chronicle the final days of Robin Hood and his very reduced band of “merry” men. Those who have followed the series, such as myself knew this day was coming. I just wish I had been more prepared.

As with all the books in this series the tale is told through Sir Alan a Dale who became one of Robins men when he was a boy. Alan is old now, his strength is failing and but his memories of his Lord, the Earl of Locksley still burn brightly.  The elderly Alan now resident in a Monastery is now dictating his tales to the Abbot who is as enthralled with Alan’s tales of  loyalty, tragedy, battles, blood, intrigue and overtly friendship, as we all are.

During the course of this book the loyalties of all involved are challenged. Robin is calculated and as cunning as ever, causing those who are close to him to question his motives. Alan though, as ever, remains by his Lord’s side.

I was dreading the ending. I did not want to say goodbye just yet to these wonderful characters. The ending inevitably caused me to become misty eyed. It was wonderfully heartbreaking.

Hero’s Fall Legends Live Forever

Angus Donald has made a fictional tale feel very real.

A legendary tale that will indeed life forever.

The King’s Assassin #BookReview

T H E   K I N G ‘ S   A S S A S S I N 

(T H E   O U T L A W  

C H R O N I C L E S   # 7 ) 

Angus Donald 

KingsAssassin

 

My Rating: 5/5

The Blurb:

AD 1215: The year of Magna Carta – and Robin Hood’s greatest battle

The yoke of tyranny

King John is scheming to reclaim his ancestral lands in Europe, raising the money for new armies by bleeding dry peasants and nobles alike, not least the Earl of Locksley – the former outlaw Robin Hood – and his loyal man Sir Alan Dale.

The call to arms

As rebellion brews across the country and Robin Hood and his men are dragged into the war against the French in Flanders, a plan is hatched that will bring the former outlaws and their families to the brink of catastrophe – a plan to kill the King.

The roar of revolution

England explodes into bloody civil war and Alan and Robin must decide who to trust – and who to slaughter. And while Magna Carta might be the answer their prayers for peace, first they will have to force the King to submit to the will of his people . .

My Review: 

The King’s Assassin is the seventh and penultimate book in Angus Donald’s wonderfully gripping Outlaw Chronicles.

England is being squeezed dry while in the grip of the ruthless King John. Taxes to fund the Kings relentless war in France is causing dissent throughout the country and the rumblings of a civil war echo around strongholds.

Alan of Dale despite fighting loyally for a King he despises finds himself having to defend his home and son Robert from the hands of King John’s Sheriff of Nottingham. One night after arriving back to England from the war, Alan is a guest in his Lord’s home,  the Earl of Locksley, the notorious Robin Hood. Alan is present while his Lord entertains two noblemen from the north who have rebellion in their souls and a plot to assassinate the King. Robin dismisses the plot and vows to have nothing to do with it, however Alan who is having to defend his manor from the King’s men finds his ear more inclined to the plot. Will Alan of Dale kill God’s anointed king?

I really enjoyed reading this book. One of the things I have enjoyed most about this series is the mixture of fiction with fact. Angus Donald is a master of weaving his tales into history so much so I was almost convinced that the Earl of Locksley’s name must be on the Magna Carta somewhere, one day I will have to take a look.

If you have read the previous books you will be aware that the narrator is Alan of Dale who is recounting the tales of his Lord, Robin Hood while in his twilight years. In this book however Alan has aged quite considerably and is now resident in Monastery. A Monk who Alan taught to read and write has now taken up the mantle while Alan dictates his tales.  In previous books I have really enjoyed these little insights into Alan’s life as he has got older. Now the Monk has taken over this also writing down what Alan is doing and how his life is in the Monastery. It is a nice touch, it makes Alan feel very real and it makes me feel a little sad that Alan is unable to write his tales himself anymore.

I personally felt as though this was one of my favourite books in the series as it has set up the next book nicely. Introducing some interesting new characters and reacquainting us with some others we would have sooner forgotten.