You may think you know Robin Hood and his band of loyal followers, but A.C. Gaughen’s Scarlet shines a new light on the characters who populate Nottingham Forest. This is an intriguing reimagining, and the start of a satisfying trilogy full of loss, love, and twists you won’t see coming (I just finished the ARC of the final book due out in summer 2015, and it won’t be a repeat of the Divergent debacle). I thoroughly enjoyed every heartpounding and heartbreaking minute of the book. If you like any of the girls with swords books that have recently become so popular, this independent, swashbuckling protagonist with a tragic and mysterious past won’t disappoint.
Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.
It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.
This book is available in the MHS library
Interested in the second book? Lady Thief published in 2014. The third book, Lion Heart, publishes May 19, 2015.