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Robin: Lady of Legend

Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) by R.M. ArceJaeger



What if Robin Hood wasn’t the man you thought him to be—what if he wasn’t a man at all?

Robin of Locksley is young, headstrong, and about to receive the worst birthday present of her life. Still struggling to define herself in a society that believes women are fit for little more than governing a household and bearing children, she balks at her father’s plans for her future, but the consequences of her rebellion prove deadly. Hunted by both her father and the Sheriff, Robin is forced to hide her identity and seek refuge as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.

Disguised as a lad for protection, Robin maintains a careful isolation from the world around her…until she chances upon a young boy being beaten to death by the Sheriff’s soldiers. Her rescue of the youth marks the beginning of her leadership in Sherwood forest and of the unfortunates who seek refuge therein. Robin’s endeavors to provide a life of honor and purpose for her people while aiding the land’s downtrodden win her high esteem, but enrage the Sheriff of Nottingham, who plots a deadly fate for her and her band.

As the Sheriff’s traps close in around her and assassins seek to bring her down, Robin must risk losing love, leadership, and life if she is to save her people and fulfill her destiny as one of history’s greatest heroes.

Alive with adventure and danger, sword fights and heists, hatred and love, Robin: Lady of Legend is the never-before-told tale of the girl who became Robin Hood.

Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) is easily one of the best reimagining of the English legend. Although I’m not familiar with the story that inspired the author’s tale, I’m inspired by this one.

Although it goes against the traditional tale of this legendary hero, it should be placed within their same note. It captures the same things that make other adaptations captivating. This one has the added bonus of a female protagonist which I think will appeal to the same market as the Hunger Game. Reimagining Robin Hood as a girl has been done before, Princess of Thieves, but never as skillfully done. It’s a tale of female empowerment as much as it’s a sweeping action adventurer.

R.M. Arcejaeger crafts a Robin Hood that is truly believable as a girl, that could definitely lead a band of outlaws in the Sherwood Forest. The only real question is how long she can keep the masquerade up. More than anything Robin of Locksley is an outlaw because she has modern notions that have no place in medieval England.

If you’re looking for a new adaptation on the Robin Hood legend, an action adventure with a female lead, or something that will appeal to the Hunger Games crowd, Robin Hood: Lady of Legend is the novel for you.

I give Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) 5 out 5Gs.

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His Prophecy

A male heir infant,
will be orphaned as a child,
born of fire and ice.

Cloaked and lost to all,
Found helpless like a human,
yet born with power.

He must be convinced,
the key to winning the war,
he will have no equal.

Rising from death’s ashes,
her guidance will chart his course,
guardian to whom.

Torn between two worlds,
her love will decide our fate,
for he will be the Phoenix.

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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

hpanddeathlyhallows.jpg”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)” by J.K. Rowling

”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)” is the final chapter in the Harry Potter series, this time around Harry Potter, the boy wizard, must continue his quest to vanquished, the evil Lord Voldemort, by finding his other horcurxes and having a final face-off the dark wizarding lord once and for all.

The biggest one to date, this is a fitting end to the series. This books pays respect to the readers of the series. This is a tale that is thoroughly enjoyable and is a true page-turner. J.K. Rowling concluded the series the same way she started. For me it is a bittersweet finale.

”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)” is full of the history from the other books. There are so many things that are pulled from the other books that I wonder how she remember so many details that I had totally forgotten. It makes you think back to the previous tales without having to go reread them. It’s like coming back and reminiscing with an old friend. Its truly is a tribute to her skills as a writer.

This adventure the most adult and dark of the entire series. What makes this so enjoyable is that with one you see the maturity of the characters into adulthood. Since the beginning with each progressing book the subject matter has become darker and more mature as the character come of age. Although you don’t have to have read the previous book to enjoy this one the tribulations, that Harry and company face, the twist and turns in the plot are all enhanced by the history of the series.

It’s concluded that same way it was started with adventure and wonderment. With it being the final one it leaves you wanting more and with a few unanswered questions. Having read every book the characters are familiar but they are changing and do change. Rowling create an intriguing story even at the end of ”Book 7”.

It’s a bittersweet ending. There are so many global phenomenons that I was never there at the beginning: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars, and most of the major comic books. I was there when Harry Potter started. I read them from the beginning and have enjoyed them immensely. I want to say thank you J.K. Rowling for giving me a global phenomenon that I was at the beginning of.

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“Wildside”

wildside.jpg“Wildside” by Steven Gould

Forget the lottery.

Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires. What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved? No cities. No pollution. No laws. A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything—everything—was yours just for the taking?

Charlie has found that world. And he plans to use it to make him and his friends rich.

There is a problem: How do you keep something this big a secret? –From back cover

The second novel from Steven Gould, “Wildside” continues the storytelling style introduced in “Jumper”. It is an amazing, page turning science fiction tale. Just when you think you have this story pegged Gould throws you a curve in the plot. It a story with a arc that he plays off for the reader.

The adventure in the story is over told with references to fly, that I fell was part of the adventure for Steven Gould to write. For some the details to which he incorporates aviation into his story could be distracting, but I felt that he was trying to put the reader in this “new world” by relating to aviation. It was this aspect of aviation that reader needed to be literate in and he does just that.

As this is the second book I’ve read by Steven Gould, a recurring is government totalitarian fascism. His writing reflects the United States cold war mentality. Where everything not controlled by the governments is a “threat to national security”. Although written more than ten years ago, this theme rings true even more today.

You instantly come to care for Charlie and his friends. You root for the striving for the American Dream and trying to succeed. I admired Charlie entrepreneurial drive. The way he looks to protect his friends and family. How he thought to protect this untapped world at all cost. Although some of his motives were unjust every action he takes is justified.

If you looking to read an engaging, alternative dimension science fiction story “Wildside” will not disappoint. If you have never read Steven Gould this is another fine representative of his writing style. Another great book by Gould is his debut “Jumper”.

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“Star Wars: Dark Empire I”

starwars-darkempire-1.jpg“Star Wars: Dark Empire I” by Tom Veitch

Six years after the Battle of Endor, The Empire has been reborn –guided by a mysterious new leader, and possessed of a weapon more terrifying than the Death Stars.

Princess Leia and her husband Han Solo struggle to hold the fledgling New republic together, even as they fight to protect their unborn child from the bounty hunters and imperial troops who dog their steps, but their greatest danger my lie in the troubled heart of a hero – as Luke Skywalker succumbs to the lure of the dark side!

I as many want the final three episodes. I found this on the shelf of my public library. Published by Dark Horse comics I don’t know if its George Lucas canon but its holds an interesting tale told between its covers. It expanded the universe and continued the struggles our heroes have even after the downfall of the emperor. It showed Leia as having recognized her connection to the force and showing signs of Luke’s tutelage.

“Dark Empire I” held that same fast pace, swashbuckling adventure that Episodes 4-6 had. The dialogue and draw brought you back into a familiar world. If you’re familiar with the movies then you can instantly jump into this story.Remembering the journey Luke took in “Return of the Jedi” its interesting to see the return of an old foe, and his tempting embrace the dark side. What was most surprising for me was Leia abilities with the force. The way she started to embrace the force and how strong her connection to her brother was. Seeing her weld a lightsaber was especially satisfying.

It’s been bound into three volumes. This is only Volume one it only has the first six comics of the series. I have not been able to get my hands on Dark Empire 2 or Empire’s End. This was a third edition published in 2003. If anyone out there knows where I could get a hold of the final two volumes of the Empire trilogy, I would greatly appreciate it.

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“Theories of the Third Inheritance Book”

Who is the third Dragon Rider?
My guess are Katrina or Arya, as its likely the next rider will be female. As so far all riders alive are male. Katrina has been capture by Galbatorix at the beginning of Eldest and has been captive as long as Murtugh who was revealed as a rider. It could be Arya because of theory number two.

What is the weapon under the Menoa Tree?
Solembum’s words. “When the time comes and you need a weapon, look under the roots of the Menoa tree. But what will this weapon be? One of the definitions of root means origin. The origin of the Menoa will be his weapon. Meaning that Eragon uses the origin of the Menoa tree to defeat Galbatorix by using his love for Arya, if she is the new rider.

For more theories visit:
http://www.shurtugal.com/?id=trilogy/book3/theories#1

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“Eldest”

eldest.jpg“Eldest” by Christopher Paolini

“Eldest” is the second book in the Inheritance trilogy. It is the sequel to Eragon. It continues the story of Eragon after the battle of Tronjheim and his training with the elves of Ellesméra, and the battle of Surda. Eldest was first published in hardcover on August 23, 2005, and was released in paperback in March 2007. Like Eragon, Eldest became a New York Times bestseller. – Description for wikipedia

I think this book establishes itself from the derived nature of the first but still has allusion to Star Wars. Granted Star Wars is one of the greatest stories ever conceived; Eldest moves further away to create its own world and characters that Paolini expands and elevates to new heights.

“Eldest” is by far a more descriptive, in-depth and more imaginative. He established the world in “Eragon” and then took the reader on a new journey that continues Eragon’s growth but also shows new and distinct places with rich histories in world of Alagaësia.

As in his age Paolini has developed as a mature, prolific and entertaining writer. The directions that he takes his characters are what drive the story. The surprises that he throws at you are far between but they are entertaining and satisfying when they happen.

Even if you have never read “Eragon” you can navigate your way through this story but its more rewarding to have that background information. It is still entertaining in its own right but a great addition to the continuing tale of “Eragon”.

If you hope to see this own film don’t hold your breath. The hack job the filmmakers did with Eragon left several key elements from the movie. Only about a third of the book made it into the film, Some of the minor plots in “Eragon” became major plots that drive “Eldest” where entirely left out Eragon (film).

This is a great setup to the final book. There are so many questions left unanswered it will be interesting to see how Paolini handles the situation he has written himself into. Many theories are out there and I have highlighted a few on this entry.

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