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Robin Hood – Boy to Man

Review of Wolf’s Head; Steven McKay; Self Publishing 2013; pp 328

– Shana Susan Ninan

The first book in The Forest Lord trilogy, Wolf’s Head took my breath away. No, it isn’t a romance fiction. But because it’s action from the word Go. The action starts right on the cover page – an arrow in flight that suggests a chase. Robin Hood, the much loved character in movies, books, cartoons and other media comes to life in Steven MacKay’s debut work. Outlawed and separated from his family and his love, he’s practically chased; he flees into the forests of England and joins a gang of violent men. Under the leadership of Adam Bell, the men move from clearing to clearing in the forest, loot rich travellers and wait for a pardon on their heads.

An historical thriller, Wolf’s Head looks at and treats Robin Hood differently. For one, he’s very human, with flaws of his own.  In the author’s words, Wolf’s Head is about a normal young man fighting to survive and live a regular life without being hunted down and killed like an animal. And this urge to live keeps Robin going.

Robin faces several hurdles, from getting his band members to trust him to finally holding them together in the face of hardship and betrayal. The sub plot of Robin’s romance doesn’t take away the heat of the action, it only spurs it forward. Steven’s use of dramatic descriptions, casual expletives and gory scenes add authenticity to the narrative. The readers, I’m sure, can definitely feel the whiz of an arrow, hear the crunch of dried leaves on forest floor and even the emotions of a band member on discovering that he’s lost his family forever.

I won’t let on more, except that you’re in for a double treat here. And, the sequel The Wolf and The Raven is around the corner, just a few months away.

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Rating: 7.9/10 (9 votes cast)
Robin Hood - Boy to Man, 7.9 out of 10 based on 9 ratings

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