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About the Book
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Fantasy
You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call.
Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood.
As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf’s clutches and find the father she’s never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?
I love the story of Robin Hood. The princess falls in love with the philanthropist bad boy. What more could you want? How about the story of their daughter?
Isabelle grew up in a priory but when soldier’s invade one night and her mother sends her away to find her father, who she never knew existed, she doesn’t hesitate. She trusts her mother wholeheartedly but also wonders why she never told her about him. She always thought Robin Hood was just a story, not a real person, but when she finds herself among his Merry Men it finally sinks in. She has a father. She has to keep her identity a secret for everyone’s safety but you can tell as time goes by, and she gets to know each of the individuals she’s travelling with, that not telling them is getting more and more difficult.
I really liked Isabelle’s character. I enjoyed getting to know her through her experience navigating having been thrown into some intense situations. I loved the banter between her and Adam, one of the cute Merry Men, and the competition she feels with Helena when it comes to knowing her way around a bow and arrow. Despite being thrown into a world she never knew existed she’s able to handle it well.
I enjoyed the adventures they came across throughout the book and seeing small connections to the original story. Overall I felt this was a great retelling and now I think I’ll go put on some Disney + !
About the Author
Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. She was a finalist in the 2017 Austin Film Festival Podcast Competition, and studied children’s writing with Liz Garton Scanlon.
When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two children.
Her debut novel, HOOD, about the daughter of Robin Hood and Maid Marien, will release from Disney/Hyperion in Spring 2020. She is represented by Elizabeth Bewley of Sterling Lord Literistic.
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