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Lady of Sherwood
Roberson, Jennifer, 1953-
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New York, NY : Kensington Books, [1999]

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372 pages : map ; 24 cm
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Cataloged from uncorrected proof.
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National bestselling author Jennifer Roberson brought the legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marian to life in Lady of the Forest -- a story so beautifully told that it lives on in our imaginations. Roberson, renowned in the fantasy world for two successful and award-winning series, has a devoted following who recognize her storytelling talents, whether she's writing a tale of fantasy or historical fiction. And now, Roberson masterfully continues one of the most cherished love stories of all time -- like Lady of the Forest, told from Marian's perspective. In "Lady Of Sherwood," Robin Hood and Marian are caught up in the intrigue of kings, and face a betrayal that will test their faith in each other...and the power of their love.

Robert of Locksley, the handsome son of a respected earl, had long battled the tyranny of Prince John -- a man as weak as he is cruel. Now that power has shifted even more firmly into John's hands, and Robert has no choice but to fight as an Robin Hood.

LadyMarian of Ravenskeep has fled into the depths of Sherwood Florst. There, amid the wild woods, she will be transformed from lady to warrior, as Robin's partner in crime, in danger...and in love.

Author Notes

Fantasy and historical novelist Jennifer Roberson was raised in Arizona and graduated from Northern Arizona University.

She has worked as an investigative reporter and copywriter and currently raises dogs.

Her best known books are the eight volumes of The Chronicles of the Cheysulai, but she has written more than twenty novels. Her three historical novels about the story of Robin Hood, but told from Maid Marian's point of view, were researched when she spent a semester at the University of London.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

As Roberson picks up the thread of Lady of the Forest (1992), readers can imagine that in the interim, Robin and Marian have lived only for each other, while a motley crew of not so merry men build new lives at Ravenskeep, and old hatreds fester. Then Richard the Lionhearted dies having named his brother, John, and his nephew, Arthur, as joint heirs. As John moves swiftly to gain control, William deLacey, sheriff of Nottingham, moves even more swiftly to court John's favor and to destroy his enemies. With Richard dead, the king's pardons for Robin Hood and his men are worthless. As the wolves gather at the door, Robin and Marian confront a dying, embittered earl of Huntington, an even more ruthless sheriff and his steward, and Mercardier, a mercenary captain who worshiped Richard and who despises Robin. To keep his friends from the hangman and to attempt to keep a militant Marian safe, Robin has no choice but to become an outlaw. What Marion Zimmer Bradley did for King Arthur, Roberson is doing for Robin Hood and Marian. --Melanie Duncan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Roberson follows her popular Lady of the Forest with another excellent adventure about Marian and Robin Hood that combines aspects of the romantic, fantasy and historical novel. The action begins when Robin and his men, who are living with Marian at her estate, Ravenskeep, learn of the death of King Richard the Lionhearted, who had pardoned the gang for their legendary thefts. The king's demise subjects them once again to persecution by the sheriff of Nottingham. Roberson cleverly interweaves this fictional crisis with the historical problems that surrounded the election of Richard's successor. For sheriff William deLacey and Robin's father, the Earl of Huntington, support opposite contenders in this political conflictÄreviled Prince John and young Arthur of Brittany, respectively. Roberson's tightly written plot paves the way for events that might have come off as coincidences or accidents in less skillful hands, and her characters are engaging. Particularly strong is her construction of Marian, portrayed as thoroughly independent but not burdened with anachronistic feminist ways. Her incorporation of historical detail, including the handling of bows and swords, is assured and lends an unobtrusive richness to the tale, while Marian and Robin's tumultuous love should keep romance fans turning pages. Exciting and satisfying, Roberson's genre-blending novel may be her best yet. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The death of Richard Lionheart, King of England, leaves the succession of the throne in question and bodes massive changes for Robin of Locksley and his lover, Marion. Roberson's sequel to Lady of the Forest continues the tale of the legendary noble outlaws and their quest for justice. Caught up in political intrigues and betrayals, Marion and Robin strive to hold onto their love without sacrificing their honor. Fans of historical fiction and period fantasy should enjoy this rousing story. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.