by Jenny Elder Moke
Release Date: June 9th 2020
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 am usually not a fan of retellings. I decided to read Hood because it focused on Robin Hood’s daughter Isabelle and has a YA fantasy/historical fiction vibe. It was a whirlwind story of adventure, deception, wild thieves and mercenaries and old grudges. I really enjoyed the Merry Men and loved that each character had an enjoyable personality.
As Isabelle escapes the priory and learns to be braver than she feels, the action begins. The pacing was well done, and I was able to connect with Isabelle and her mother Marien. This book opens another world into the Robin Hood environment and I am looking forward to Moke developing the tale in a sequel or two!
If you are looking for a delightful retelling that includes mystery, a feisty heroine, action and a little romance then pick up this book.
Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Hood.html?id=RRzUDwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y
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.
Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of HOOD by Jenny Elder Moke (US Only)
Starts: 3rd June 2020
Ends: 17th June 2020