Item description for Hood (The Raven King, Book 1) by Stephen R. Lawhead & Adam Verner...
Overview For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him - for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive. Like the forest itself, Hood is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal - yet full of enchantment and hope. Internationally-acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another time and place.
Publishers Description For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him - for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive. Like the forest itself, "Hood" is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal - yet full of enchantment and hope. Internationally-acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another time and place.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 750.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
Series King Raven Trilogy
Series Number 1
ISBN 1598591622 ISBN13 9781598591620
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephen R. Lawhead & Adam Verner
Stephen Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. His early life was lived in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.
His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer. During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non-fiction books.
After a brief and unsuccessful foray into the music business—as president of his own record company—he launched his free-lance career in 1981. In the Hall of the Dragon King was his first novel.
In 1986 the Lawhead family moved to Britain so that Stephen could conduct research for the PENDRAGON CYCLE books. They settled there permanently in 1990, with some years spent living in Austria and a sabbatical in the United States.
In addition to his twenty-four novels, he has written nine children's books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross. He is married to Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, with whom he has collaborated on books and articles. They make their home in Oxford, England.
Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have variously been published in twenty-four foreign languages. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Hood (The Raven King, Book 1)?
This was a beautifully wrought tale! Oct 7, 2008
I absolutely loved this novel. Now of course I am a former history major and a medieval/dark age "junky" so the material is right up my alley. But I love the weaving in of various languages, the well worked in view of the church and actions of the churchmen.
The language was beautiful, the descriptions grand, the dialogue very well done. I absolutely love "Aethelfrith" i.e. Friar Tuck. There is not much negative I can say overall about the book. I understand that for some there may not have been enough "action".
And don't come to this book looking for the traditional, almost "high fantasy" version of Robin Hood. I love the old Eroll Flynn movie as much as anyone - I watched it countless times growing up - but this is something grittier, more historically accurate to the times. There really just isn't much negative that I can conceive to say of the book. Very well done and worth a read.
New and intriguing retelling of the Robin Hood legend Oct 1, 2008
The King Raven Trilogy, Book 1
I read this book based on the title and a review of it as a new and intriguing retelling of the Robin Hood legend without knowing that it was by an author who writes Christian historical fiction, and published by a division of Thomas Nelson books, a noted Christian publishing house.
And Lawhead, who has other series in this vein (on the King Arthur legend, starting with Taliesin: Book One of the Pendragon Cycle, and other Celtic cants), does a nice job of blending pseudo-history, pseudo-fantasy, mild Christian themes, action, and humor into the task of bringing together the cast of characters in the Robin Hood legend. Hood is envisioned as a left-for-dead heir to a Welsh kingdom in the late 11th century, just after the conquest of England (but not Wales) by William the Conqueror.
No classic here, but worth reading and continuing.
Epic Sep 24, 2008
So creative! This book is an ingenious twist on a legend we all know and love!
Excellent reimagining Sep 16, 2008
This is an excellent reimagining of the Robin Hood story. I really enjoyed the way that Cymry was used to show how the names would originate. It also makes a lot more sense why the Cymry would fight against the Norman invaders.
My First Sampling of Lawhead... Jul 3, 2008
And I was totally blown away! I love this book to death. This is just a classic retelling of the Robin Hood story that it gets me excited just thinking about it. The journey that Bran (Our Robin Hood character) takes in this book is one where he must learn to be the person he was born to be. He must lead his subjects or doom the small kingdom of Elfael to destruction. I love this book!