Hood by Stephen Lawhead
(King Raven Trilogy, Book 1)

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Robin Hood: The Legend Begins Anew

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in a primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him--for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive.

Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Stephen R. Lawhead conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare yourself for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.


About Stephen Lawhead

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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as The King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King Trilogies. Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife.
Published June 3, 2007 by Thomas Nelson. 513 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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When Bran was a small child, his father, King Brychan ap Tewdwr, put a halt to their relationship, so Bran cared little about learning how to lead the people.

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So Hood, which uproots Robin Hood from Nottingham and the reign of Richard the Lionheart and replaces him in Wales shortly after the Norman Conquest, was right up my myth and legend alley.

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Grasping For The Wind

Yesterday I finished reading Hood, by Stephen Lawhead.

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More than one “bastard,” “whore,” and “hell” crops up, used not as descriptors but simply as a derogatory comments (curses, in other words), and he’s not afraid to depict unwed characters either in bed together or “fooling around.” His spiritual themes are visible and potent (one being the connec...

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