Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Scarlet by Stephen Lawhood ~ Tim's Take

Scarlet is an historical fantasy book by Stephen R Lawhead. It is the second book in the King Raven Trilogy, the first being Hood.

When William Scatlocke (known as William Scarlet) has his home taken by the King of England, he throws his lot in with King Raven (Bran) and his flock, the Grellon. Will, a little disappointed with the scarcity of their raids, is finally involved in a heist to seize the darstedly Count De Braose’s supply wagons. The heist is successful and as the Grellon search the spoils they find a sinister letter and some mysterious religious items. Unbeknownst to them, they have now embroiled themselves in a plot that could change England forever.

The conniving Sheriff De Glanville kidnaps some men and boys in the hope of the items being returned, fuelling Bran’s anger even further. In an assassination attempt on the sheriff, Will is captured and locked away, awaiting the day he is hanged. While his adventures are recorded by a monk, he learns a terrible secret. Will he be able to let it out before it’s too late?

Scarlet, written in the same style as Hood, clearly describes the sort of events that happened after the Norman invasion: the religious passion, the cruelty of the nobles, the constant fear of starvation, death or being without a roof overhead. The way Lawhead writes it, Will Scarlet always looks on the lighter side, trying to be bright and humourous, even when facing death. His loyalty to Bran and friends is a great trait that everyone should employ. This helps make the book more enjoyable and interesting to read.

All in all, I think it is a fantastic addition to the trilogy, and I hope the third book is just as good!

Tuck, the third book in the King Raven Trilogy, releases in 2009 from Thomas Nelson.

Guest reviewer: My nephew, Tim

Read Tim's review of Hood, here.


Anonymous said...

Great job Tim, I loved your review!!

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