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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Swashbuckling Medieval Romance! Excellent!
Filled with swashbuckling adventure, sweeping pageantry and passionate romance, Marsha Canham outdoes herself with this superb historical novel. "The Last Arrow" is the final book in a trilogy which began with Ms. Canham's "Through A Dark Mist," followed by "In The Shadow Of Midnight." It is not necessary to read the first two books, however, in order to thoroughly enjoy...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book alive with history
It was with great trepidation that i stared to read this book, being knowledgable of the myth and history. But , and i will admit this..i was very pleasantly surprised. This book has it all..love, passion, and arrows!! A must read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Swashbuckling Medieval Romance! Excellent!, 28 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Last Arrow (Mass Market Paperback)
Filled with swashbuckling adventure, sweeping pageantry and passionate romance, Marsha Canham outdoes herself with this superb historical novel. "The Last Arrow" is the final book in a trilogy which began with Ms. Canham's "Through A Dark Mist," followed by "In The Shadow Of Midnight." It is not necessary to read the first two books, however, in order to thoroughly enjoy this one. The author gives a wonderful summary of her previous two novels here, and this book certainly stands on its own very well. I have read many series novels and rarely does an author succeed in continuously creating fresh ideas and storylines throughout. One of Ms. Canham's major achievements with this trilogy is that her plots are always original, never repetitious or contrived, and her characters continue to grow and acquire depth as the years, and pages, pass. The backdrop is medieval England, Wales, Normandy and Brittany during the reign of King John "Lackland."
Lady Brenna Wardieu, daughter of Lord Lucien Wardieu, Baron de Gournay, (called the Black Wolf), is the book's heroine. Lovely, but not ladylike, Brenna has tagged after her warrior brothers since she could crawl. With much tutoring and practice she has become a master of the longbow, rivaling the best archers in the land. Feisty, with the heart of a noble knight, she meets her match in Griffyn Renaud de Verdel, a mysterious mercenary who unknowingly trespasses on her father's land. Taken aback by her skill with the bow and arrow, Griffyn could have still overpowered Brenna. He allows her, instead, to capture him and bring him to face her family. She discovers that Griffyn and her brother Robin have already met. The two men jousted in the past at a tourney. Griffyn lost - the only loss he had sustained in many years. The consequences were tragic. He is intent on a rematch at the great upcoming tournament in Chateau Gaillard, Normandy.
This wonderful adventure begins long before the treachery at the French tournament. There are fascinating plots and subplots, filled with meticulously researched historical detail and peopled with extraordinary characters. England's troubled times and her evil king are woven into the story with great skill, as is a unique version of the Robin Hood tale. Political intrigue, hatred, revenge and fated love abound. Family sins and throne-rocking secrets are exposed. Royal power is unleashed. Some pretty unsavory, depraved characters murder, maim and threaten. Love and passion sizzle. Armored knights ride to battle and a royal princess is rescued. This novel has it all - from cliff-hanging escapades to steamy sensuality. The action doesn't stop until the last sentence on the last page.
As usual Ms. Canham writes with elegance and flair. Her characters are lifelike, varied and, occasionally, quite humorous. This wonderful book is definitely a keeper!
JANA
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't read enough of Marsha Canham's books!, 8 Nov. 1997
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The Last Arrow follows Through a Dark Mist and In the Shadow of Midnight. Again, the forest is always in the background along with the "dark" and mysterious characters. I loved the first encounter of Brenna and Griffin - her "ability" is so wonderful and so deliciously astounding to all the male population (except, of course, her own family). I did do a lot of crying while reading this marvelous tale of "Robin Hood" and the "could have beens" of such a fantastic era of history. Yes, I could believe in Robin Hood with Marsha Canham's ability to tell the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Canham - Storyteller Extraordinaire, 22 April 1997
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Ms. Canham is truly amazing and has woven a tale of imagery and complexity. The Last Arrow is not a "light" romp but wrung all possible emotions as I was immersed in the era of chivalry as well as violence.

She has developed three dimensional characters and one of the most bloodthirsty villianess--Solange de Sancerre. Bittersweet subplots (Henry and Eleanor, the death of Gil, Robin and Marienne) required a box of kleenex. The story is rich in details (one can almost smell, see and feel the pageantry of the jousting fields). But what stands out for me is Ms. Canham's creativity and imagination.

Undoubtedly she has taken some literary license with regard to the Robin Hood legend, but never again will I forget Marsha's version of the Robin of Locksley, the King of Sherwood, Will Scarlett and, most especially, Friar Tuck, as well as Alan a Dale.

My hats off to Ms. Canham. It is obvious that this lady cares about her characters and the quality of her book.

This was a romance and an epic. Unfortunately, it's the end of the trilogy although I wonder about Griffyn's son (did he survive?) or perhaps a tale about Will and Rhiannon.

(Maggie)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great auhow has another winner, 19 April 1997
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In 1214 England, the country is bankrupt, the government is corrupt, and
the people are destitute. After a little more than a decade on the throne,
King John, who allegedly eliminated Richard's children and his own siblings
from contention, is now desperate to find a legitimate heir to his crown. He
has his men searching England and France for the lost princess of Brittany
before his enemies find her and end his monarchy.
...... In France, hired assassin Griffin Renard de Verdelay, who has justified
cause to loathe the English ruler, has been hired to eliminate the lost
princess. He meets Lady Brenna Wardieu, who thinks he is a poacher and takes
him prisoner. When they reach her father's nearby keep, Griffin and Brenna's
brother Robin (more popularly known as Robin Hood) recognize each other as
friendly opponents in jousting contests. As plots unravel and secret agendas
surface, love blossoms. Robin and Marianne, and Brenna and Griffin fall in
love. However, regal politics may not have room for strange bedfellows so
love may not be strong enough to overcome the different objectives of the
foursome.
....... Readers will shake their head and say: "not another Robin Hood tale".
Many readers agree that there has been a glutton of Robin Hood tales with
most of them rehashing the previous ones. However, THE LAST ARROW is a
unique telling of the legend. Marsha Canham shows her talent and fortitude by
refreshingly constructing a story line highlighted by two lead protagonists
that excludes Robin while flowing down a current within the current of the
legend. Medieval romance fans, especially fans of the Hood, will want to
read this classy novel.

......Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marsha has outdone herself!, 23 Nov. 2011
This, the final story in the Robin hood Trilogy, is set some 11 years after the events of 'In the Shadow of Midnight'. This follows the life of the Black Wolf's daughter, Brenna. She meets a strange man poaching her father's fish, and her brothers and friend invite him back to their castle. Is there more to him than meets the eye? Thus begins a swashbuckling adventure filled with tournaments, dungeons (donjons), archery and a dangerous assassin bent on destroying the Wardieus of Amboise.

This is just as good as it's predecessors, if not better. I wholly identified with Brenna and it was great seeing a woman outbowing her rivals, most of them men! The story also sees the legend of Robin Hood finally coming together and all the old favourites are there. I loved the relationship between Gryffin and Brenna. it was an intensely passionate relationship from their first meeting and it took my breath away in places! There was much more action this time around, with the tournaments and culminating in the final showdown between the Wardieus and Sir Guy of Gisbourne. The ending was satisfying and tied up all the loose ends nicely.

Once again if you love swashbuckling historical romances, you will love this. Even if you are not sure, give it a chance. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Take on the Robin Hood Legend, 30 Jan. 2007
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What an awesome rolicking romp. Especially once everyone got to England and Nottingham. I really liked the way the author brought the characters with their names into the Robin Hood saga. Things really cooked in the last part of the book when they got to Sherwood and the battle, etc. with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Loved the reunion with Robin and Merianne (sp?). All around great read -- I am dying to read the first two books of the series -- back ordered by Amazon and I am patiently waiting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book, 10 Dec. 2011
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Well, I was huge Robin Hood fan before I started this trilogy and I still am. The Wolf's daughter and The Earl of Huntingdon, Robin and Marienne, and all the colourful characters familiar to everyone.

But my most favourite character throughout the whole series... Sparrow... Ms Canham, this series held me from start to finish. A truly wonderful reading experience, thank you so much for writing it.

This is a brilliant series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 26 Sept. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable!, 2 May 1997
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Had enough of the Robin Hood legend? You haven't heard the best one yet until you've read Marsha Canham's exceptional variation on the theme in The Last Arrow. I guarantee you; it's not only different from any you've read, but more exciting and more vividly told than any other rendition you may have come across...
...The Last Arrow is a stand alone sequel to two outstanding reads: Through a Dark Mist and In The Shadow of Midnight. Marsha Canham has a brilliant writing style and an uncommon talent with plot and characterization that combine to sweep the reader away. I used to believe her seafaring books were her forte, but her medievals are incomparable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book alive with history, 16 Oct. 1998
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It was with great trepidation that i stared to read this book, being knowledgable of the myth and history. But , and i will admit this..i was very pleasantly surprised. This book has it all..love, passion, and arrows!! A must read!
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