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Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) by [ArceJaeger, R.M.]
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R.M. ArceJaeger is an author, publisher, and computer scientist. In 2005, she was named a California Arts Scholar for excellence in Creative Writing, and she possesses a Bachelor of Science Computer Science degree (with distinction) from Harvey Mudd College. She has been writing books since she was five years old, and especially enjoys making her readers rethink classic tales. ArceJaeger provides freelance eBook formatting, editing, publishing, and website design services, and can be contacted via her website: www.rmarcejaeger.com, or by email at contact@rmarcejaeger.com. Websites: http://ladyoflegend.com http://rmarcejaeger.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3001 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Platypus Press (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SFN4GI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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I really enjoyed this twist on the classic story. I might be a bit biased because I am a huge Robin Hood fan, who likes to read and watch every incarnation of him or her. This is not the first time I have seen Robin changed as a woman, Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood but they are not using her in the classic sense like R.M ArceJaeger.

The story line is great and true to the classic, obviously with the gender change there are a couple of different twists. In this incarnation Robin is tomboy, who is continually reminded she will never be a boy with the rite that gender offers. This is never more apparent as when she is forced into an arranged marriage to the Sheriff of Nottingham. With no back up from her family, Robin runs away to Sherwood Forest, where she lives in the disguise of a man and change the course of historical fiction earning the title of Robin of the Hood.

The story is very fast passed. I especially like the fact that Robins skill in archery come from possible a natural talent that she work for year to learn, but other skills she such as sword fighting and cudgeling (the Seven foot long wooden staff), she has to work longer to learn and through hard work there is gradual improvement to the point where she is at high level with them. She is not afraid to put in hard put in hard work. The only part of the story I did not like was the last 2 chapters the battle was were a little too rushed, the escape was a bit too easy. However as she managed to keep the character true to his/her core fighting for the injustice done to the commoner I can live with this.
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There are so many books, movies, etc., on the legend of Robin Hood that I was really impressed that the author was able to come up with something fresh and original. In this case, Robin is a young woman living as a young man in order to avoid being married to the Sheriff of Nottingham. There are some other noteworthy changes with the relationships that Robin has with the other characters, but I don't want to spoil the surprises. The author does not simply retell the same story with a woman instead of a man, but this new version does stay true to the moral lessons that accompany the traditional Robin Hood legends about helping others less fortunate. This is a very enjoyable interpretation of a classic story.

If you enjoy this story, you might also like A Stepmother's Story: The TRUE Tale of Cinderella, which features another twist on an old favorite.
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This is a must read, an enjoyable twist on the classic Robin Hood story that you won't want to put down. It does require some suspension of belief, for example the heroine learns to talk like a man within a day, but you're soon swept away with the story. The author doesn't simply retell Robin Hood with Robin as a women, instead the tale is re-imagined and reinvented with different plot points and different relationships between the characters. Unfortunately the ending feels a little rushed and a little contrived (the author is clearly providing a lead in to a sequel), but only a little, and I sincerely hope the author writes that sequel!
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*Full disclosure: the author sent me a copy of her novel in the hope that I would review it.*

Forget what else you may think you know about the legend of Robin Hood, because this book turns the myth completely on its head in a new and original way. In this instance, Robin is actually an eighteen year old girl- raised in a wealthy household, though not particularly ladylike given the times, and more concerned with slightly more tomboyish pursuits, including archery and sword fighting. Headstrong and fiery, she is appalled when she is told her hand has been promised in marriage to the utterly repellent Sherrif of Nottingham and makes immediate plans to escape. Whilst dressed as a boy and hiding in Sherwood Forest, she accidentally shoots one of the sheriff's foresters, and that is when her life as an outlaw really begins and the legend of `Robin o' the Hood' is born...

I have to admit that I initially approached this novel with a bit of concern. There have been many retellings of the myth of Robin Hood across the years (and I loved the BBC programmes, including the CBBC version years ago), so I did wonder what else the author could do to make this story stand out as new and exciting. Thankfully, I needn't have worried one jot. As with most fantasy novels I did have to suspend my belief on a couple of occasions during this story, but I had anticipated that- and after all, this is a story of a mythical character- and one who has been re-imagined as a woman in this instance, nonetheless!

The character development in this book is solid and infinitely readable: having Robin as a teenage girl and with all of the issues that come with it makes for a very interesting story and I really felt I knew who she was and what she stood for.
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