Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Ghosts of Sherwood, by Carrie Vaughn

★★★★☆ Well worth the read, especially for Robin Hood fans.

(Robin Hood Pastiche) After 20 years, Robin is still a troublesome Baron, and his teenage kids take after him. But his kids are also a target for his numerous enemies. (18,489 words; Time: 1h:01m)

If you’re not familiar with the Robin Hood story, you’ll miss a lot of this. But if you wondered what became of Robin and his Merry Men, especially after Richard I died and John became king, this is for you. See related articles on Tor.com.

"The Ghosts of Sherwood," by (edited by Lee Harris), published on by .

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Review: 2020.320 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The dialogue sparkles, the narration is transparent, and the characters are delightful. There’s a reasonable amount of tension, and there’s a good emotional release.

The story pays a great deal of attention to elements of the traditional Robin Hood legend, and all the major figures in those stories get at least a mention.

In terms of plot, for the most part, this is a rescue story, but it’s also a coming-of-age story for Mary.

Con: One can argue that this is historical fiction, not fantasy at all.

The biggest problem with the story is that it takes too long to get going. The introduction is sized for a novel, not a novella.

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