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- Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing (1 Dec. 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZ6Y88F
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #604,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At 400 pages, this is a dedicated read. It does contain a plethora of detail, really going into depth with the characters, time, place and background. This means that you have the freedom to feel completely submerged in the book. You really get to know and love th characters, as well as feel as though you sere their mates. You also become attached to robin, worrying for him when he is left with a choice that will decide the path his life takes.
The pace is great. If you have ever seen any of the good Robin Hood based films, then you can relate it to that pace. It takes the time needed to describe the nature of his problems with choice, the beautiful and historical scenery and every ornate detail of evening the most pompous character. It also has a few swifter moments, as we all know robin has a habit of getting into to tricky situations and loving it.
I thought this book was fantastic in many ways. With the length and the cliffhanger, it is one that some may not enjoy, but I hope even they will give the book a try, as it really is a fun read.
**I received this book for free and voluntarily provided my honest and unbiased review.
This book, with its intriguing title, tells the story of Robin’s childhood and how events and relationships shaped his thinking and transition from his privileged upbringing to the life he was to lead. The mix of fact and fiction is seamless and well written. There is however unfinished business so I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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(And if you’re wondering I was totally one of those kids that loved the animation Robin Hood and thought he was hot as hell.)
But instead I got the straight childhood prequel. There’s barely a hint of homosexual romance and tension until the end. THEN IT ENDS.
Me During Reading:
“Okay, battling kiddos, will you two hook up?”
“Nope, okay then. Age gap, maybe?!”
“Nope. Ugh, fine. Let’s go, grow up, hurry.”
“Ohhhhh yes, good feeling about this one!”
“Oh, so Robin’s bisexual or demi?! SWEET!”
“Okay here we go!! FINALLY!”
“WTF THE QUEER BAITING HOW DARE YOU?!?!”
Look, it was a great read but I’m a bit upset over the misrepresentation. The blurb makes it sound much more than it is, and like an integral part of this story. It isn’t. Yet.
The next book takes place years after this one when the jerkbag is sheriff and it’s King John and all that jazz. You know, the ‘meat’ of Robin Hood’s story. And does mention Robin’s gay feelings finally presenting. So yay!
The Outlaw’s Legacy #2 could be gay as all get out and make it all okay. Let’s hope. I have a good feeling, but that might be hype getting in the way, because this was a really good read except for this issue.
Time will tell. Now enough with the feels, and onto the information and full review!
--didn't see the twists coming
--Hooked me quickly
The Bad & The Other
--Not gay enough
--women are pawns or evil
Heir of Locksley sucked me in quickly and kept me going with Robin’s escapades. He’s a golden boy but rejects much of his fellow privileged people’s ideals and morals. Sounds trite, but he does follow through with his actions, especially later in the book.
While he tries to circumvent the path his father has chosen, the court drama won’t let him go. I will admit I found a lot of enjoyment watching them fall, spiral around each other with devious plans, and clash. The drama was very well done. Not enough people to lose track of, but keeps you dancing on your toes between them all.
However, the blurb is misleading. It says Will is his best friend from childhood, but they were older when they met. Like Robin was old enough to be married off.
Guy was his first best friend from mere babies. Everything wraps around Robin vs. Guy, yet it only gets a throwaway sentence that spoils their falling out.
Why? I think it’s to play up the gay angle when there’s barely any substance. There are moments, and tension but not until the end while Robin’s in denial.
Now, if you’re willing and okay with spoilers, NB Dixon has outlined each novel on their blog. It does confirm that the gay factor will be more prominent for Robin.
But there’s another problem that’s even harder to pinpoint and prove. Heir of Locksley has the grimy feeling of misogyny and possible bi-phobia from it.
While Robin does get involved with Lucy, there’s this underlying feeling of it not being right, like it’s something to do, everyone does it, instead of his attraction to both sexes being valid. Which is strikingly odd given how quick and powerful Robin’s attraction to her was. It fuels most of the dramma in the middle of the book.
Could I be wrong in my interpretation? Absolutely. However, the patriarchy rules all and there are many intersectional issues that spring from homophobia and misogyny. Which means I think these issues should be examined more carefully and the message author’s want to send stated outright.
Look, every high born woman is evil. There’s no doubt or question about it.
Then, there are three peasant women that are good: the nurse that raised Robin; Lucy, and Lucy’s mother. The nurse is barely there as Robin is growing up as kids are wont to do. Lucy is a major player in that Robin becomes utterly entwined with her, her family, and the consequences. And they are terrible consequences.
Robin cares about the classism issue but I don’t see any protests of how women are treated at this time. These minor factors along with Robin’s unenthusiastic feelings at times, like after sex, leads to nothing good coming from women, or being with them. It leaves an odd feeling after reading, like something doesn’t match up or sit right.
Again, I could be wrong. Again, the next book could change this all. But for now? With this standing on its own, stars have to be docked because I can’t wholeheartedly recommend Heir of Locksley just yet.
Enjoyable read, beware the after taste.
I was disappointed in the lack of promised gayness and have a queasy feeling about the portrayals of women, but it was well written, plotted, and executed historical drama.
Just don’t be expecting Robin Hood to be boning men in the woods and robbing rich folks just yet.
If you really like Robin Hood tellings, historical fiction, or court drama and plottings, I think you’ll be quite happy.
If you’re looking for a gay book, you have to commit to the series. It does give an opening for your own fanfiction ideas after finishing and hope on the horizon.
Robin meets a young woman in his village whose family has worked and lived in Locksley for many, many years. Robin takes a fancy to this young woman and starts to care for her deeply and helps her family in any way that he can which of course goes against everything he has been taught about people and class.
Robin and his best friend Guy grow up together and are both taught how to fight by the same person on the Locksley estate. But when tragedy strikes both families their friendship is torn asunder. After this event occurs Robin makes a decision that will affect the rest of his life and will change it dramatically.
Heir of Locksley grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the very end. I loved reading every minute of it and want more of it. I love the person that Robin is and the choices he makes. When reading Heir of Locksley I felt as if I had been pulled into Robin’s story as if I was a part of it and living life alongside Robin and the rest of the characters. There were a lot of characters that I loved and some that I didn’t but that is what makes a story good.
I highly recommend Heir of Locksley to anyone who loves Robin Hood or just loves a good story.
On the plus side, this is a fresh take on Robin and his Merry Men. Everyone is in there, as would be expected. But this is Robin before he becomes the famous outlaw. We get a glimpse of his history and childhood, and I loved everything about the way his animosity with Guy of Gisborne plays out. While I didn’t end up entirely sympathetic to Guy—and I’ll freely admit I really wanted him to get his in the end—it was surprisingly easy to see why he would harbor so much resentment. That was incredibly well done.
The social message is no less potent than it would have been at the time the legends were conceived. I loved the jabs at classism, particularly the implications that Robin is romanticizing the peasant life. Will is absolutely right when he says Robin wouldn’t survive the realities, and that plays out with disastrous results. Will is in a perfect position to both critique the system and understand both sides of it, and he makes an excellent conscience for the sometimes arrogant and foolhardy Robin. I think the way this is both subtle and overt throughout the book is the mark of an excellent writer.
I’m also now a fan of “shipping” (romantically pairing) Robin and Will Scathelock. It’s not one I’ve come across before. I actually ended up doing a search for Robin/Will fan fiction, and there is surprisingly almost none. So that’s a really good new take on the story. Plus, when I read the blurb, I did an internal happy dance. Robin Hood as a literary figure lends himself perfectly to being bisexual.
That said, I have some hesitation there because some parts of the story felt crafted in order to make that pairing work. There was definitely an element of downplaying Robin’s interest in women which happens pretty often in fan works with a canonically straight character. It wasn’t quite gay-for-you (or I’d never have finished reading it). But it had a vague tone to it suggesting Robin’s interest in women wasn’t genuine that I found dismissive of bisexuality. I was also puzzled by the way Robin, who seemed wholly non-religious, bought into the “it’s wrong for men to lie with men” rather than the more historically accurate “you could be put to death for that.” It’s especially odd given how Robin seems to have very little regard for other social conventions.
On that note, I found it strange that the blurb doesn’t even mention the entire first third of the book. I could see if it was just a chapter or a prologue, but there’s an entire segment of storytelling which didn’t make it into the description. To me, it felt like a bit of an emphasis on the “lgbt” content (which is virtually non-existent in this installment; it’s at the level of a few stolen glances and some vague references, and the “heterosexual” content is much more in-depth).
And here’s where it gets even more difficult, because some of my feelings on it are based on the treatment of women in the book. Warning: SPOILERS. But I feel it's necessary because some of the content might upset readers.
I was not only disappointed by but also distressed over the treatment of women throughout. While I realize some of it is to an extent historically possible or even likely, I was so upset at some parts I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue. It starts with the death of Robin’s mother in birthing him, followed by both Katrina (Guy’s sister) and Lady Gisborne being conniving, manipulative liars. The brief passing mention we get of Marian is that she sounds little better than Katrina.
Then there’s Lucy. First, Guy and his men attempt to rape her, from which Robin conveniently rescues her because he happens to be around. Then, multiple tragedies strike her family (which Robin is essentially both responsible for and attempts to once again play rescuer from). Robin gets Lucy pregnant in a tryst which he apparently didn’t enjoy because he was too busy thinking about Will. Robin decides the best thing is to marry her, but of course she dies at Katrina’s hands. I will say that for some readers, this may actually need a trigger warning because it’s that degree of upsetting.
Every single one of these women feels like a way of getting rid of them to clear the path for Robin to be with Will as well as motivation for Robin’s adventures and desire for revenge. These are well-known tropes, and particularly with Lucy, I can’t help being disappointed at the use of the Women in Refrigerators trope (particularly when coupled with a suspicious parallel to gay-for-you). There is nothing to balance these elements, and there is no critique of them the way there is with the classism and Robin’s blithe dismissal of it. We have nothing to make us think anyone is appalled at the station of women in this society, and no women with substantial roles to redeem it. At the very least, the storyline involving Lucy is unnecessary. It does nothing to advance the plot that couldn’t have been done in a different way. Because of those elements, in spite of this being listed as YA, I don’t feel good about recommending this for teens. There is already enough reading material where boys are heroes and girls are pregnant, dead, pregnant and dead, or evil. Women are not props for men, Robin Hood wasn’t a real person anyway, and this is not the twelfth century. In our modern era, books need to do better than to treat women characters as non-people, even if it makes the story anachronistic. The author’s obvious skill can be put to better use.
Ultimately, I’m not sure how I feel. I love the author’s writing style, and there’s so much great adventure, sword fights and fist fights, and competitive archery. The descriptions are vivid, and there aren’t a lot of words wasted on describing every single detail. Those elements are incredibly exciting. If not for the more unfortunate aspects of the plot, I would absolutely give it top rating. Unfortunately, I just can’t get past the things which nearly lost me.
For fantastic writing style and high adventure but some cringe-inducing elements, this gets 4 stars.