With the third book in his Outlaw Chronicles, Angus Donald slings you onto horseback and sends you galloping into his medieval world using his strong narrative voice, Alan Dale, to guide you through a land of injustice, large feasts, excessive drinking, passionate sex, gory battles fought by real heroes and, of course, blood-thirsty outlaws.
I finished this in a matter of days; it really is one of those books. Angus proves his ingenious version of the infamous Robin Hood legend is not for the faint-hearted. His Robin Hood really is a ruthless, cold-hearted bastard who will stop at nothing for his King, and you really shouldn't like him. But his loyalty and love for everyone inside his circle leaves you rooting for him and his minions from the very beginning. So Angus made the right decision in telling the story through the superb viewpoint of one of Robin's most loyal companions, Alan Dale, which allows you to get up close and personal to all the cunning schemes and blood-soaked battles!
The book packs a heavy punch - with superbly constructed plot twists, excellent battle scenes (probably the author's strongest talent) and juicy violent dialogue that is much more believable than softer takes on the legend.
I look forward to the next in the Chronicles and recommend this to everyone interested either in the Robin Hood legend or historical fiction in general.