The Death of Robin Hood (Outlaw Chronicles) Paperback – 29 Jun 2017
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Donald has saved the best until last; this is a fabulous, twisting tale of treachery and friendship. It is also, towards the end, genuinely moving. Farewell, Sir Alan and Robin Hood, it has been a blast. (The Times (Book of the Month))
Angus Donald's masterly reimagining of Robin Hood concludes with a title to strike dread into the heart of all fans of the Outlaw series... This superb finale is action-packed but also intense with emotion (Sunday Express)
The explosive climax to Angus Donald's bestselling Robin Hood series The Outlaw Chronicles sees the former outlaw leading the rebellion against King John. But has fate finally caught up with him?See all Product description
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Firstly there is a strong theme of Division running through this last adventure. England has become fractured by civil war over the Magna Carter and King John's lack of acknowledgement of it. So the Royalists and the Rebels once again start fighting over lands & castles. But into this mix steps King Louis and his invading French army to support the Rebels in exchange for the throne. Thus the civil war is now a war of conquest and through siege and battle Robin & Alan & Co find themselves changing sides to match their loyalty to the English Kingdom rather than the King.
There are of course many superb nail-biting, heart-stopping and dramatic and dangerous experiences of the war both as victors and losers through these turbulent years.
Yet as mentioned before Division can exist at any and all levels - not just loyalty - division can be caused by love & hate, oaths sworn and lies told, anger & jealousy, rank and by blood.
So it is amongst a world fractured and shattered both within the band of brothers & companions through to the very fate of the English Throne that creates the turmoil that leads to a shocking last turn of the page for our brave heroes.
It was a true joy to read word for word paragraph and page. It made me laugh, cheer, boo, hiss, gasp, and cry out the words "oh god no". It made me happy, disgusted, proud, sad and by the end heartbroken.
The tag line on the end of the book sums it all up really - and if you have read all of the adventures and this one you will understand - "Heroes fall. Legends live forever."
Angus Donald has indeed re-forged this legend and character into a burning brand that will be burnt into the minds and souls of many readers. A mark of loyalty to his stories that will never fade. A mark that all readers of this series will proudly bare.
The stories are told through the eyes of Alan Dale and it is as much his story as Robin’s, possible more so. Robin is painted here with a touch of darkness, he is a clever and scheming man who is loyal to friends and family and not the generous spirit of the tradition. Angus Donald slots the tale of Robin seamlessly into the history of the time, King Richard, King John, the Crusades, the Magna Carta but gives us powerful characters and clever stories that bring things together at the right time, but never as you expect.
Robin, as mentioned puts his family and friends before everything, but remains very much English and anti-French, Alan Dale is our true conscience. Alan is loyal, honest, religious but also quite flawed. Through the books he makes rash decisions, mistakes and some deadly assumptions. He shines through as a well-rounded character with real personality and flaws.
The theme for this book is given in the title and the author has decided to end the series here. We have a much older Robin here, a family man with two sons, one a chip off the old block, the other dourer. Turbulent times abound here, we have rebel English Lords, French invasion and a timid and greedy King John stuck in the middle. Robin has to choose sides to protect the very core of what it is to be English and it could cost him everything….
I felt a real sense of loss in many ways when I turned the final page, not just with the story but with the knowledge that this fantastic series has come to an end. It’s been marvellous and a joy throughout.
Angus Donald is planning a different series and I can’t wait, even if it is half as good as this one it will still be better than most.
A masterful tale that mixes actual historical events with fiction, the stories are so well written I can almost see myself standing amongst the characters. It had me hooked from the first page right up until the last few pages where I found myself blubbing uncontrollably, much to my wife's amusement. I do not often read fiction but this book and series is really fantastic and I really hope there are more stories to come from Alan Dale's life.
Angus Donald, you are a God!