King's Man (Outlaw Chronicles) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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Angus Donald leads you into the familiar forests of Medieval England...and then all hell breaks loose! Far from the figure of popular legend, Donald's Robin Hood is a brutal, cunning warlord who will let nothing stand in his way. A fresh, lively and welcome take on one of the world's most famous outlaws. And yet, it stirred in me a nostalgia for all the great stories of my childhood; those that thrilled me, inspired me and shaped who I am today. Complex heroes, craven villains, brutal fights...King's Man is a boy's own romp that flies like an arrow from a yew bow (Giles Kristian)
Excellent, well researched and full of detail. Started it a few weeks ago, and have been gripped by it since. Quite simply, it's a great read. (Ben Kane)
Twists, turns, blood and death, ambush and escape is all revealed against a meticulously-researched backdrop. A stunning portrayal of the dark side of the Robin Hood legend, THIS is the outlaw Russell Crowe should have played. (Robert Low)
A glorious, gritty, violent, fast-moving recreation of an English legend (The Times)
From the internationally bestselling author of Outlaw and Holy Warrior comes the most exciting historical novel of the yearSee all Product Description
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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.
It is not very often that a good book has equally good sequel volumes but happily that can be said for Angus Donald's Outlaw Chronicles. Both Holy Warrior and King's Man are actually better than the first book of the series.
I have been a avid collector of anything to do with Robin Hood since boyhood in the 1950s particularly books and films and have purchased and read every novel that I have come across with a connection to the legendary English hero. Mr. Donald has not just revisited the traditional Robin Hood stories has built a new very carefully crafted tale which is firmly rooted in historical reality, the story of what a real outlaw hero might have been like as seen from the perspective of his companion Alan a'Dale. This Robin is far from the Hollywood image of a whiter than white fighter for Saxon rights, he is a flawed character, sometimes less than likeable, always mercenary, and totally untrustworthy but is painted as a real person that fits well into his era.
The book is packed with action, well written battles and a plot that snakes around to encompass the key historical actions that made up the turbulent reign of Richard I and John Lackland.
The first three novels of this series have made excellent absorbing and entertaining reading, I have yet to delve into the newest volume but look forward to that experience.
Outlaw was an astounding debut for me. It challenged my perceptions of Robin Hood, created a whole new epic around him and kept me rivetted, It also showed Angus' not inconsiderable knowledge and in-depth research into an era that is very complex and vast.
Holy Warrior took the tale in a different direction and, while a more mature story , was darker and more troubling, though no less a great read. It made me fear for the future of the series, given my changing views of the principal characters, in much the same way as (as a sad Star Wars fan) 'Empire' is dark and troubling. In those dark and troubling tales real change and growth and character are brought out.
Then: King's Man. Quite simply it is a breathtaking book. While the previous two novels were very much separate stories in a series, this has bound the whole group together, drawing on a great wealth of detail from both previous works and using them to weave a spellbinding story based around Richard I's detaining in Germany after the crusade.
Obviously, that is not all there is to the book, but it is the main post around which the hall of King's Man is constructed. The story includes dangerous journeys through foreign lands, ordeals of holy inquisition, troubles with Templars, an unusual and excellent view of medieval London, sieges, warfare, assassination and so much more.
I was astounded to see the return of some favourite characters that I had not thought to see again, and the introduction of some new classics (Rix - wow what a character).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real page turner full of intrigue, mystery and more twists than a curly wurly. Brilliant fun with a lot of historical info thrown in. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Maisey Mum
In the third book of the Outlaw series, history and legend are once again mashed to make the classic story of Robin Hood the outlaw that undermines the ambitious and treacherous... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I could not put the book down. Angus clearly does his research. I do not want these books to endPublished 5 months ago by Janet
As always, Angus Donald does not disappoint. Another brilliant book by him :)Published 7 months ago by james kitchener
I am so impressed by Mr Donald's storytelling and writing. Even though I'm not a particular fan of historical fiction I find these books such a good read.Published 7 months ago by Michael Hill
Now this has just joy book three and the magic still works and boy doesn't we now know wot we are getting and the joy is in the reading in it Angus Donald world is hard and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer