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Robin Hood II. El Cruzado. (2010)

by Angus Donald(Favorite Author)
3.97 of 5 Votes: 1
The Outlaw Chronicles
review 1: Book two in the series.This series is about Robin Hood. But not your fathers Robin Hood.This guy steals from the rich and mostly gives to himself. It is a very very dark rendition of the old folk hero of yon as told by Alan Dale, one of the merry men as it were.In this continuing saga our intrepid hero goes off with King Richard to fight the Holy War or Crusades as some would know it.A tale inside a tale. I actually took a few minutes and did some research on the Crusades and what do you know, Mr. Donald stayed true to the historical part of the tale. Accurate to the time frame and battles that take place - well done sir. Robin's exploits of course are pure fiction but not a bad read. I am still having trouble wrapping my mind around the darker, eviler version of Robin.My ... moreone problem with this story was middle part. The winter in Italy while waiting for the weather to get better so they could move on. You almost lost me. I am not sure if it could have been any more boring. Yes you used it to stay historically accurate and fill in some background for the characters but yikes, move on already.All in all I wanted to rate it higher but just could not. Hopefully book three avoids this lull.
review 2: Robin Hood, Robin HoodRiding through the glen.Robin Hood, Robin HoodWith his band of men.Feared by the bad, loved by the good.Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.(lyrics written by American composer Carl Sigman.)Oh that catchy tune from the old Robin Hood TV show starring Richard Greene. That was the Robin Hood I grew up with. That is not the Robin Hood of this magnificent series by Angus Donald. In this, the second book, Holy Warrior, we find Robin and his merry men as part of King Richard's retinue on Crusade to free Jerusalem from the Saracens. This despite Robins total disdain for the Christian Church but as a man of honor he is bound to his word.Once again the tale is told in the voice of Alan Dale, personal musician or trouvere to Robin as well as one of his most trusted advisers. Alan is an old man as he recounts his adventures with Robin. I really enjoy the way the author has Alan not only reminiscent but also has him paint his life as a respected Lord of a manor. This also affords Alan a chance to bare his soul about some of the horror he has witnessed or even helped commit.The first part of the book revolves largely around Robin and Alan stuck in a siege by Christians against Jews in York. The climatic finish to this chapter is just one more grim reminder of the dangers of dogmatic religious hatred. The author does not shy away from the portrayal of the brutality and malice born of the fear and ignorance of the peasantry and also of the greedy, glory seeking nobility and church. Twas indeed a brutal time to be on the wrong side of bias.Assassins, intrigues, you name it, the author has it going full blazes throughout the story. The characters of Robin and Alan reveal more and more of their true selves during the course of this second installment. It will be of great interest and pleasure to discover how these two survive not only the perils of the age but also the perils of their differences. less
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Read this before the first in the series and quite enjoyed a different take on Robin Hood
Good sequel, great integration with real historical events. Very enjoyable book overall.
Not as pacey but more devious and sinister definitely a worthy read and well written.
A very good action story filled with a wealth of historical detail.
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