Narrator: Hayley Cresswell
Series: An Uncertain Choice
on March 1st 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing and references to sex
Reviewed by: James
The only thing harder than fighting for what’s right…is fighting their feelings for each other.
For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little dos anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.
Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart.
The legend and myth of Robin Hood has always fascinated me. The tale of a guerrilla stealing from the looting rulers and giving back to the producers has always been a story that has resonated with me. So I'm always drawn to Robin Hood books. Most of them aren't that original, but I still enjoy the retelling from a different authors perspective. So when I first clicked on A DARING SACRIFICE and found out it was a Robin Hood retelling, but with a female Robin Hood, I was thrilled. This was just the new twist I was looking for on the Robin Hood legend. However, I was quickly disappointing.
I knew going in that A DARING SACRIFICE was a YA romance, so I was prepared to have most of the story be about the romance between Juliana (Robin Hood) and Collin. But I was still expecting a Robin Hood story. That is, unfortunately, not what A DARING SACRIFICE is about. The Robin Hood moments are almost non-existent. The couple of pages we get with Robin Hood moments are the best in the book, but Juliana is rather quickly taken from the forest and brought to Collin's castle, where he courts her. This leads to my next problem with A DARING SACRIFICE.
Juliana is an amazing strong woman who's willing to take incredible risks to help others... At least while she's in the forest. As soon as she gets to Collin's castle she becomes a rather weak and insecure girl. My complaint isn't about her being weak or insecure, you can have great stories where the character becomes strong and secure. But Juliana's personality changes rapidly from being a strong Robin Hood to a stereotypical noble in a mater of pages, which doesn't make any sense.
A DARING SACRIFICE has such a great idea behind it, but it failed on the delivery. The best thing the book has going for it is the amazing cover, but beyond that there isn't anything special here. I think it's time for me to reread Robin Mckinley's The Outlaws of Sherwood, the best Robin Hood novel ever.Series Titles:
- An Uncertain Choice
- A Daring Sacrifice
- If you're looking for the best Robin Hood book out there check out Robin Mckinley's The Outlaws of Sherwood.