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REVIEW! Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

I’ve always loved the story of Robin Hood so when I saw this book I knew it would be a win for me.

Rating: ★★★★

So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call. Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood.
As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf’s clutches and find the father she’s never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?

I went into this book expecting a Robin Hood retelling as that is what I had heard it being marketed as. However I wouldn’t class this as a retelling, but more of a take on the continuation of the well known tale of Robin Hood. We follow Isabelle who is the daughter of Marien and Robin Hood and after finding out who her father actually is she has to go and find him, she finds the Merry Men and they have to help reunite her with Robin.

I found that even though this book starts straight away with Isabelle being on the run, it took me a while to properly get into the story, but the second half really picked up and was much faster paced. But I really liked Isabelle’s character and there was a particular small group of the Merry Men who Isabelle becomes quite close with; Adam, Little, Patrick and Helena, and I really enjoyed their characters and would definitely love more in this world based in them.

Overall even thought it was a pretty slowish to start off with, I really enjoyed the way Jenny told this story and although it’s currently a standalone, I would love more from these characters, whether a direct sequel to this one or a book focusing on those main side characters.

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