After reading Nottingham: The True Story of Robyn Hood by Anna Burke, there are a few things I can say without hesitation. This is an absolutely brilliantly written story, I now have a new addition to my favorite books list, and Anna Burke has joined my list of favorite authors.
Nottingham, as the title suggests, is a retelling of the story of Robin Hood with a decidedly LGBTQ+ slant. Even with this retelling, Ms. Burke does manage to keep the basic premise of the story comparable to the original. This makes it easy to recognize who the main and even the secondary characters are. The characters, themselves are very well-developed. It is easy to connect with all of them (except the bad guys of course), and I became quite immersed in their stories.
This novel will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions beginning with heartbreak. The beginning of this novel truly broke my heart, but as I continued to read I experienced so many more emotions, such as fear, anger, longing, joy, happiness; the whole range of emotions, all in one book. It takes an exceptional writer to create that range of feelings for her readers, and Ms. Burke has done that exceptionally well.
I recommend this novel to everyone, whether you are a Robin Hood fan or not. You will love this book. I know I did.
I received this book from Bywater Books for an honest review.