by Robin McKinley

Author: Robin McKinley
Language: English
ISBN: 0356179400
ISBN13: 978-0356179407
Publisher: Macdonald; First Edition edition (1989)
Pages: 288
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 189
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ePub file: 1674 kb
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Robin McKinley’s Damar books are among the finest sword and sorcery being written today. The Outlaws of Sherwood. McKinley brings to the Robin Hood legend a robustly romantic view.

Robin McKinley’s Damar books are among the finest sword and sorcery being written today. She renders it anew by fully developing the background and motive of each member of the merry band. She presents a solid piece of tale-weaving, ingenious and ingenuous, causing readers to suspend belief willingly for a rousing good time.

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The Outlaws of Sherwood book. New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley's vivid retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood breathes contemporary life into these beloved adventures, with Marian taking a pivotal role as one of Robin's best archers.

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The Newbery Medal–winning author of The Hero and the Crown brings the Robin Hood legend to vivid life. Young Robin Longbow, subapprentice forester in the King’s Forest of Nottingham, must contend with the dislike of the Chief Forester, who bullies Robin in memory of his popular father. But Robin does not want to leave Nottingham or lose the title to his father’s small tenancy, because he is in love with a young lady named Marian-and keeps remembering that his mother too was gentry and married a common forester

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

The Outlaws of Sherwood. Newbery Award-winning author and fantasy icon Robin McKinley writes stories that enchant readers. Bringing together three of her most popular novels-"Spindle's End, The Hero and the Crown" and "The Blue Sword"-this boxed set is the perfect gift for her. Deerskin.

New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley's vivid retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood breathes contemporary life into these beloved adventures-with Marian taking a pivotal role as one of Robin's best archers. Robin is an apprentice forester in the woods of Nottingham. The arrows he makes and sells earn barely enough extra coin to retain the title to his father's small lands. New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley's vivid retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood breathes contemporary life into these beloved adventures-with Marian taking a pivotal role as one of Robin's best archers.

Robin Hood Spotlight. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. The Outlaws of Sherwood is a very appropriate title for this book. The outlaws make enemies of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the sheriff hires a bounty hunter named Guy of Gisbourne to eliminate Robin and his outlaw band. And finally, Robin wonders what will happen when the long-absent King Richard returns to Sherwood. More than a Straight Re-telling. McKinley gives much attention to the others in Robin's band of Merry Men and Women (for McKinley has added several female characters).

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Author McKinley applies her unparalleled vision of traditional legends to the story of Robin Hood and his community of Sherwood Forest outlaws.
What if Robin Hood was a lousy marksman? What if some terrific writer retold the story of the Outlaws of Sherwood in an entirely new (to me) way? The answer is this book! This awesome book by the even more awesome Robin McKinley whom I grow to love more and more the more I read from her.

This story is magnificently told as it's not only the story of Robin Hood, it also tells us the story about Will Scarlet, about Maiden Marian (who's not so much as a damsel in distress as a strong, independent heroine), Little John, Friar Tuck, and so many others. Initially I thought that this book would be mainly about Robin Hood and Marian, but there was so much more to the story that I couldn't help but love.

And even though the book was about more than one-two characters, I grew to love them all. I rooted like hell for Little John and his romance, I was even bigger a champion for Marian and Robin whose romance was anything but fast. It quite literally took them years to tell the other one how they felt and for them to get past the stage of friendship - and I dig that. I dig that a lot. It's like my personal catnip.

I loved how Robin Hood is shown as a person. Yes, he's a symbol. Yes, he's considered a hero that fights against the awful Sheriff of Nottingham, but he's also a person with doubts, feelings, and dreams. McKinley does an awesome job of portraying all those feelings to the reader and I honestly love her for that.
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There are very few of Robin McKinley's books that I don't like, but this one tops the list of 3 or 4 that I have read over and over again throughout my life. It is one of the first books, along with the Hero and the Crown and the Blue Sword, that I purchased with my own money when I was in my teens. And those three paperbacks have followed me on every transition in my life and still hold a place of honor on my bookshelves. Now I have the ebooks and can treat those aging paperbacks with even greater respect. If you have not read this book and you like real heros with real doubts and real faults doing extraordinary things without even knowing how, read Robin McKinley's books. Her original tales are well-crafted and her retellings are unique. You won't be disappointed.
This work entails more than just the Robin Hood legend retold. The Norman/Saxon struggle born of a rash act against a bully mixed with the inner struggles of a man not seeking the fame of a legendary outlaw and lightly seasoned with the strength of heroines makes this a great read.
Robin Mckinley is noted for her brilliant recreations of myths and fairy tales and this does not disappoint. Like all her tales, there are elements of loss and sadness as well as drama and action. Robin hood is a leader concerned with the group of people he is somehow responsible for ; Maid Marian is particularly well drawn as a strong woman living within the strictures of medieval society. The others are present as well: Will scarlet, Alan a Dale, Friar Tuck and little John. The adventures drawn together are familiar yet unique enough to keep the reader interested.
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McKinley does a wonderful job of telling how Robin Hood becomes a legend along with his outlaw gang. The characters are people to care about, and the plot is compelling in spite of the predictable HEA ending that must needs occur with a tale such as this. My only complaint would be the stylistic wordiness of the period. There are a few passages I had to reread as the meaning was lost in the verbiage. Otherwise this is an enjoyable book, and I would recommend it to readers with a love of language.
I have a thing for Robin Hood. Specifically Robin Hood retellings. I love Robin, Marian, Little John, Will Scarlet, Much the Miller, Alan-a-Dale, and the whole merry crew. I read Ivanhoe (Penguin Classics) cover to cover just for Robin Hood's periodic appearances. And when I went on study abroad to England, I dragged my best friend all the way to Nottingham and Sherwood Forest as well so I could walk around in the woods and soak it all up. It's still one of the happiest, most golden days I can recall, that one. My first encounter with the tale itself was no doubt the Disney animated version (which I still love watching with my son), but I'm pretty sure the first actual novelization I read was Robin McKinley's THE OUTLAWS OF SHERWOOD. And it remains my very favorite to this day. Admittedly, I seem to possess the McKinley gene. I love her writing. I love the unexpected, twisty paths she takes, the obstinate characters, and the wry humor. True to form, her Robin is not the typical Robin of legend. If you cherish the strapping, dashing, swashbuckling hero a la Errol Flynn, then this version is probably not for you. But if you like an unusual, but beautifully wrought, take on a classic then you really ought to give this one a shot.

The story opens with the following lines:

A small vagrant breeze came from nowhere and barely flicked the feather tips as the arrow sped on its way. It shivered in its flight, and fell, a little off course--just enough that the arrow missed the slender tree it was aimed at, and struck tiredly and low into the bole of another tree, twenty paces beyond the mark.
Robin sighed and dropped his bow.

Robin is on his way to Nottingham Fair to meet his childhood friends Marian and Much and have a bit of well-earned frivolity. As an apprentice forester in the King's Forest, Robin barely scrapes by and his days off are few and far between. Unfortunately, while on his way he is ambushed by a few of the Chief Forester's men who have had it in for Robin for years. No one is more surprised than Robin when he wins the resulting archery contest and the skirmish ends in an attempt on his life and Robin's arrow buried in his attacker's chest. From this point on Robin is a wanted man. His friends convince him to go into hiding while they work up a plan to keep their friend alive and prevent the Norman overlords from raining down punishments on all the Saxons' heads as a result of Robin's "crime." Against his better judgement, Robin goes along with Much and Marian's plan and, in the process, he becomes a hero--albeit a reluctant one.

There is so much good in this book and it all centers around the characters. Either you will fall in love with Robin or you will not. And if you love Robin, then you will love all of the characters for they gather around him despite his adamant refusal that he is no hero because they need him. Marian and Much, his old friends, see this. They understand it and they try to help Robin understand it. Their love for him, their need to believe in him, and their willingness to walk away from their homes and their lives to follow him into hiding in Sherwood Forest reflect the desperate nature of the times and the ways in which this good man is able to inspire and take care of other good men and women like him who have been caught in the ever-tightening vise of Norman justice. I love watching this transformation, this coming together of such a motley band of comrades. Every time I read it I savor each one. And, as with any McKinley book, if you're a fan of strong female characters who do not do what they are expected to do, then this book is for you. Marian is awesome. It's Marian who is the excellent shot. It's Marian who has the vision and who knows Robin's potential before he does. It's Marian who risks more than anyone else to create the legend and keep it alive. There is one other standout female character, but I can't tell you any more than that as she is so excellent she must be discovered entirely on her own. Along with Deerskin, I think this is the most emotional of McKinley's works because it is as grounded in reality as any retelling I've read. THE OUTLAWS OF SHERWOOD is an emotional, subtly humorous, visceral take on the legend and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I read this book years ago in middle school and the story stuck with me enough that I decided to read it again. Robin McKinley writes intelligently and puts a lot of thought into her choice of words, which makes her one of my favorites. This is such a different telling of the tale and I like that Robin isn't the legendary archer we've come to accept him as. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy a good retelling of a famous story.
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