Champion of Sherwood by Laura Strickland

CHAMPION
Champion of Sherwood by Laura Strickland
The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy Book Two
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (220 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rated: 5 stars
Reviewed by Dandelion

When Gareth de Vavasour, nephew of the Sheriff of Nottingham, is captured by the outlaws of Sherwood Forest and held for ransom, he knows he will be fortunate to escape with his life. Amid the magic and danger that surround him, he soon realizes his true peril lies in the beautiful dark eyes of Linnet, the Saxon healer sent to tend his wounds.

Granddaughter of Robin Hood, Linnet has always known she is destined to become a guardian of Sherwood Forest, along with her sister and a close childhood companion. She believes her life well settled until the arrival of Gareth. Then all her loyalties are tested even as her heart is forced to choose between love and the ties of duty, while Sherwood declares its own champion.

Well written, with a fascinating and unusual premise, Champion of Sherwood grabbed my attention from page one. It is the story of Robin Hood’s Daughter and grandchildren and the mysterious and magical Sherwood Forest. There are still problems with the Sheriff of Nottingham and his men. The people are still being victimized, and are fighting back. This leads to many of their homes being burned and villagers slain.

There is a circle of three who are guardians in Sherwood Forest. The magic there keeps them safe and they do what they can to protect the people. When they are no longer able to provide this safety, the guardianship passes on. The next three will be the two daughters of the daughter of Robin Hood and her husband, the present guardians, Lark and Linnet, twin sisters. The third party will be a young man named Falcon. His father has been the third of the guardians till now.
The villagers raid a group of the sheriff’s men, returning from collecting taxes and kill all but one, who is the nephew of the sheriff. They hold him and plan to ask for ransom for him.

As I read I became so involved with the story, I found it difficult to put down the book. How they fight to protect the village, and how they resolve the situation, if only temporarily, is done so well, you have no doubts as to the magic surrounding them.

I was with the every moment while the story progressed. This was similar yet much different than the Robin Hood story. It is different in that the nephew becomes an important part of the solutions.

I really loved this story and would highly recommend it. I plan on finding book one in the trilogy and then the next ones as they are written. Definitely a series and an author to watch.

Comments

  1. momjane says:

    Really loved this review. This sounds like a series that I will love.

  2. Eva Millien says:

    Thanks for sharing your review . Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  3. BookLady says:

    What an interesting book! Great review. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. LJ Vickery says:

    Excellent review, and wonderful book! Couldn’t have asked for anything better!

  5. What a great review and so well deserved! Laura is amazing! I love this series and her first TWRP publication, Devil Black, as well–they’re all impossible to put down once you start reading.

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