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Hood (King Raven Trilogy, Book 1) [Hardcover]

By Stephen R. Lawhead (Author)
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Pages   496
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.8"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595540857  
EAN  9781595540850  
UPC  020049130575  

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In Book One of The King Raven Trilogy, Bran ap Brychan finds his world ripped from its foundation as invaders topple his father's kingdom and send the young prince fleeing into the forest. Readers will be spellbound with this entirely fresh take on this legendary figure--where the familiar and unexpected collide into something wholly original.

From the ashes of ruin, a reluctant hero begins to emerge . . . yet his greatest enemy may be himself.

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More About Stephen R. Lawhead

Stephen R. Lawhead Stephen Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. His early life was lived in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.

His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer. During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non-fiction books.

After a brief and unsuccessful foray into the music business—as president of his own record company—he launched his free-lance career in 1981. In the Hall of the Dragon King was his first novel.

In 1986 the Lawhead family moved to Britain so that Stephen could conduct research for the PENDRAGON CYCLE books. They settled there permanently in 1990, with some years spent living in Austria and a sabbatical in the United States.

In addition to his twenty-four novels, he has written nine children's books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross. He is married to Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, with whom he has collaborated on books and articles. They make their home in Oxford, England.

Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have variously been published in twenty-four foreign languages. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.

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Give me more  May 27, 2008
Book 3 comes out next year with Tuck and I can not wait. Think Robin Hood Revisited and revitalized and brought to new life. This is not your Daddy's Robin Hood and it shows in every glorious page.
4 1/2 - Thoroughly Entertaining  Apr 15, 2008
This telling of the Robin Hood story is just that - a telling - not a retelling. It is not the version of Errol Flynn and Olivia deHavilland. Rather, Mr. Lawhead sets the yarn in Wales in the 11th century and gives Hood more depth than the Robin of movie and storybook.

Fear not, though, there is plenty of action, duplicitous Normands, Tuck, Little John and Maid Merien (Welsh spelling). The book starts, as it should, with Robin Hood before he was Robin Hood and progresses into his outlaw life. This is clearly the first in the trilogy. I am glad I waited to read it so I can go right into Book 2. By the end, Hood is just getting committed to his life as a brigand (Merien's word.

There is a slow section in the middle, when Hood comes to realize his responsibility to his people, which is what brought the book down to a four and a half. But by the end, I was aching for more and sorry to see the last page.

This is a fine telling of a legend. Unique on its own, with enough of the familiar for the characters to be recognizable - a tightrope well walked by the author.

One work of advice. Definitely read the afterword first. It will not ruin the story at all, and it gives a good foundation and historical context. In it, Mr. Lawhead provides the historical basis for why he believes Robin Hood was Welsh and gives the background of the legend.

This was a very entertaining novel, highly recommended.
Robin Hood in Wales  Mar 26, 2008
I have been a fan of Stephen Lawheads books ever since reading The Dragon King Trilogy as a kid, and his novels keep getting better and better with time. When you read a Lawhead book you can expect an imaginative tale steeped deep in history, his personal study of the history surrounding the time in which he places the book. In the Pendragon Cycle, for example, Lawhead paints a very realistic portrait of King Arthur.

With that in mind, Hood does not disappoint. Hood is Lawhead's reimaging of the story of Robin Hood. Based on his study of the history, he places Robin Hood in Wales, not Sherwood Forest. There is a section at the back of the book that explains this decision. This change really works, though, making it feel like you are reading about a person who really lived.

Lawhead's Robin Hood is Bran, a reluctant prince who would rather be out the ladies than at the castle being a prince. When his father is killed and land taken by the Norman invaders, Bran's natural reaction is to just run away to his relatives. This book tells the story of him figuring out what it is he is supposed to do. It's a story with a deep faith, and very colorful characters.

The story drags a little bit in the center, but picks up in the end leaving you wanting to immediately rush out and buy the second book in the series, Scarlett.

I think this is going to be another great Lawhead series, and I highly recommend the book.
Good book, but lousy ending  Jan 16, 2008
Stephan Lawhead is one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed all of his books thus far. However, I was very disapointed in the ending of Hood.
*spoiler warning*

It seems that at the end, when Bran has finally realized who is and has the desire to step into that role, he just gives up the fight. He doesn't even really get the girl at the end. He takes Merian with him by force. She could have at least decided to go willingly instead of having to be tied to the saddle of her horse. And then it ends with a monastary being given some money and asked to pray for them everyday. I was very disappointed to say the least.
Looking forward to Scarlet  Jan 15, 2008
It's everything I'd expect from Stephen Lawhead -- take any traditional British or Irish saga and narrow it into a Welsh or Scottish tale with the Cele De or their precursors at the heart of it. The Cele De are the common thread woven into the tapestry of Lawhead's works, even his Myrddin (Merlin or M. Embries) is a stylized juxtaposition of the spirit of the Christian Celt. We now have a female bard in Hood, and she's probably my biggest hero(ine) in the book, as is Merlin in Lawhead's Arthur saga. As for Robin-Hoodiness that some readers apparently look for -- you can have your Costners, your Bergens, your Flynn's, even your Elwes. As for your "realism", I laugh -- Hah! -- at those who look for realism in fantasy, even if it's "historical." That's like discussing realism in Star Wars. If I want to study history, aside from avoiding university revisionism, PBS, History Channel, and Wikipedia; I'll do my own research. For history-tinged fantasy, I'm sticking with Lawhead and his distinctive retellings, and I don't need anybody else.

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