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The Hood Blog Tour
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by Jenny Elder Moke
Release Date: June 9th 2020
Thank you so much, Disney-Hyperion, and Patricia @ FFBC tours, for the gifted e-copy! The opinions expressed are my own and material is courtesy of the publisher, FFBC Tour, and the author.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my
Hood is a brilliant coming of age story, of a young sixteen year old girl, Isabelle of Kirklees. Having lived most of her very secluded life, behind the walls of the Priory of Kirklees along with her mother Marien, who is the residing as Prioress.
Things come to a halt when Isabelle is arrested and thrown into a cell, while defending an innocent villager. Her mother covertly releases her, and tells her life is a risk.
She sends Isabelle on a quest, cloaked, and alone. She must travel three days south, to find a man named Thomas, at the Blue Boar Inn and deliver an urgent message….
“ The Wolf Is Back “
Three days running for her life, half starved, living off berries and living in terror.
She arrives the Blue Boar Inn and with the help of Thomas she escapes into Sherwood Forest. But not before she is saved by two younger Merry men, who know Thomas very well. Right before she sent with the offspring of some of members of the Merry Men, Thomas reveals a truly incredible truth about her parentage. Traveling with the small group she develops a friendship with, all the while keeping her secret guarded. Once they meet there destination She discovers an extensive and elaborate camp within Sherwood Forest. There the band of the Merry Men and their families reside.
This was a superb reimagined tale of the folk story. The author Jenny Elder Moke, cleverly has changed the original story and gave it her own creative twist. While leaving some of the details of the well known histories of the renowned Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. John Lackland is serving as the regent of England, while his brother Richard the Lionhearted is off fighting the crusades. John’s excessive taxation is crippling the common folk into starvation. Robin Hood and band of vigilante outlaws have taken it upon themselves to rob from the rich and giving to the needy.
The author seamlessly narration flows perfectly making it a solid young adult historical adventure. Her ability to create a stunning adventurous storyline with beautiful atmospheric imagery. I was connected with her characters and I loved Isabelle, and was invested in her story and struggles. The romance is tension building perfection, wonderfully done for YA and adult readers alike. A wonderful faced paced adventure story that you won’t forget.
*A little Interesting info*
Here is some wonder information about, Kirklees Priory and Robin Hood’s Grave from the very informative website Yorkshire Guides
The priory is connected with the medieval legend of Robin Hood, England’s outlaw hero. The upper room of the gatehouse is where the legendary Robin Hood is said to have breathed his last, it is approached by an outside staircase and there are interesting ornamental foliated work carved into the beams which include an appropriate hunting scene with stag and hound. A monument in the woods near the River Calder claims to be Robin Hood’s grave. He was traditionally supposed to have been bled to death by the prioress of Kirklees. In the “Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode” the earliest surviving ballad about Robin Hood, the prioress is referred to as “The Pryoresse of Kyrkely”. The identity of the prioress is the subject of much debate as indeed is the date of Robin Hood’s death.
Legend relates that Robin, who was unwell, decides to be bled by his kinswoman, the prioress of Kirklees, a woman “skilled in physic.” Robin sets out on the journey accompanied by his faithful comrade in arms, Little John. On their arrival at the nunnery, the prioress takes Robin into the gatehouse and sends Little John away. She then proceeds to bleed Robin accompanied by her lover, the convent priest Red Roger of Doncaster. Realising he is being bled to death, Robin summons Little John to his assistance by blowing three blasts on his hunting horn. When Little John arrives it is too late to save Robin, but he helps him fire his last arrow from
The alleged gravestone of Robin Hood’s closest living companion at the time of his death, Little John, who was said to be with Robin on the day he died by treachery at the hands of the Abbess of Kirklees, is found in St. Michael’s Church graveyard in Hathersage, Derbyshire, under a yew tree. The inscription reads:
Here Lies Buried Little John The Friend & Lieutenant of Robin Hood,
He Died In A Cottage (Now Destroyed) To The East of The Churchyard The Grave Is Marked By This Old Headstone & Footstone And Is Underneath The Old Yew
In 1784 Captain James Shuttleworth exhumed the grave to find the bones of a man over seven feet tall.
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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.