Monday, November 19, 2007

SCARLET BY STEPHEN LAWHEAD



SCARLET by Stephen Lawhead--After losing everything he owns, forester Will Scarlet embarks on a search for none other than King Raven, whose exploits have already become legendary. After fulfilling his quest--and proving himself a skilled and loyal companion--Will joins the heroic archer and his men.
Now, however, Will is in prison for a crime he did not commit. His sentence is death by hanging--unless he delivers King Raven and his band of cohorts.
That, of course, he will never do.
Wales is slowly falling under the control of the invading Normans, and King William the Red has given his ruthless barons control of the land. In desperation, the people turn to King Raven and his men for justice and survival in the face of the ever-growing onslaught.
From deep in the forest they form a daring plan for deliverance, knowing that failure means death for them all.
Scarlet continues Stephen R. Lawhead's riveting saga that began with the novel Hood, which relocated the legend of Robin Hood to the Welsh countryside and its dark forests. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medival Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.

What's being said by fans--"When I read HOOD I have to admit that I began it fully expecting to take in the story with a grain of salt. I was pleasantly surprised that Lawhead could re-imagine the story of Robin Hood and convey his image in a manner that captured me in the first chapter. SCARLET is a sequel that does not disappoint. The character development was flawless and I could feel myself emphasizing with Will "Scarlet" Scatlocke and at least relating with the Sheriff (but not quite empathizing). The thing I found greatest about this book was that while it's still a story about Robin Hood, it is mostly related as narrative by Will Scatlocke and Will plays as the central character. Both HOOD and SCARLET are great novels for those interested in a more grown-up version of the story of Robin Hood as well as those that enjoy historical fiction (although I cannot vouch for how historically accurate/inaccurate the books are). They are reminiscent of Mary Stewart's MERLIN TRILOGY in that both relates fantastic tales of seemingly far-fetched accounts that may or may not have occurred in a manner that is, at the least, believable if nothing else. These KING RAVEN novels are the first novels I've read by Stephen R. Lawhead so I'm not giving my review based from the standpoint of someone who loves all things Lawhead. Having said, if TUCK is as great as the first two novels in this series, I may become a Lawhead fan after all."

7 comments:

Robert Treskillard said...

Great review, James! Thanks for sharing.

Kait said...

I think you'll probably like some of the other stuff by Lawhead. I'm not one of the "rabid" fans, but I do enjoy his writing!

chrisd said...

Nice review, James. I'll note it on my blog!

Justin B. said...

This was my first "Lawhead" book too, I really enjoyed it!!! I heard The Pendragon Cycle is good!

Jeremy Robinson said...

Hey James,

This has nothing to do with the post, sorry! I've been receiving your e-mails and replying to them, so if you're not getting them it might be your spam filter. I've e-mailed you from three accts now. This was the only other way I could think to let you know. Hope you see it!

If you have myspace, we can message that way myspace.com/sciencthriller.

-- Jeremy

James Somers said...

Jeremy--

Hmmm...that's very strange...i've not noticed anything else being blocked?

I was starting to wonder if you kicked the bucket or something, man!
"promising young author of Antarktos Rising, killed by monster in woods near his home while reading the book!"

I'd not found any recent web activity on your blog, BNB or amazon, since October so I was curious. Glad your alive!

James

Jeremy Robinson said...

Hey James,

Glad that got through. This is a little disconcerting. I can't imagine why none of my e-mails would make it to you...from three different accounts! Maybe it's my IP address? They switch around a lot and every now and then I discover I've been given one that used to belong to a spammer and I'm blocked all over the place. Do you have an alternate e-mail address where I can reach you?

FYI, TD is going good. The editor is flying here to meet me this month and talk about the series. I haven't updated my blog in a while. Been putting my efforts into myspace instead.

-- Jeremy