As a very big fan of the first book in this series, I am absolutely thrilled to participate in the Lady Thief Official Blog tour. unfortunately, because of the country I reside in, I wasn’t able to review Lady Thief. Also, my pre-ordered copy hasn’t arrived yet and probably won’t arrive for another week *sad-face* So in this post, you’ll find my review for Scarlet, the first book in this series, and a very very nice giveaway A.C. Gaughen arranged for you guys. (also the promise, that my review for Lady Thief will follow soon!)Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen Series: Scarlet #2 Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on February 11th 2014 Pages: 304 Goodreads
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.
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.
“We do what we do because there’s something we can do about it. Things like ‘how long’ and ‘what if’ aren’t part of that. It’s about the hope, not the horror.”
― A.C. Gaughen, Scarlet
As a big fan of the legendary tale about Robin Hood, the infamous thief and his merry men, I was very excited to read Scarlet. With a big love for retellings of classic tales, this was a book that I just couldn’t pass on. And what an epic and original version of such a well-known story! The idea to make the heroine dress as a boy and join THE band of thieves is such a original and refreshing twist to the story of this historical hero..
I honestly didn’t think I could love the Legend of Robin Hood any more than I already did, but A.C. Gaughen’s version just blew me away. Her writing is so good, her vivid descriptions made me breathe the story. The hope that Robin Hood and his band of thieves bring to the people, I felt just as much as the townspeople did. I was sucked into the story and my attention did not waver throughout reading.
The characters are well-written and well-developed and overall just so lively! Like Will Scarlet. Her character was so believable, her life and her part in Robin’s bad were fantastic and interesting. Scarlet is everything I love in a heroine. Bravery, fearlessness and loyalty are some of the best traits of her personality. She was feisty, had spunk and knew how to seriously kick some butt! Besides being nothing short of badass, her attitude was really admirable. A character who’s been through so much and carries the heaviness of her past with her wherever she goes.
Both Robin -the quiet martyr- and John -the ladies man- are really believable as well. And the tension between Scarlet and Robin, and in some ways John as well, is so incredibly well-written. What I loved best was that these characters weren’t even near perfect. They have their flaws, and every now and then their jealously gets the best of them (which provides for quite some scenes that’ll have you laughing at loud). Fearless, courageous and flawed. Great, great, really great characters!
This is just such a good version of this story. I am in love with this book! A.C. Gaughen did a great job with this retelling and her vision of this story made for one of my favourite reads of this year. The essence of the classic tale is captured brilliantly, now complete with the appearance of a strong heroine. If you’re a fan of the classic historic story of Robin Hood, this is the read for you!
(and lets not forget the absolutely beautiful cover!)