J Tullos Hennig – Greenwode (The Wode, #1)

J Tullos Hennig - Greenwode

Author: J Tullos Hennig
Reviewer: Sean
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: High Historical Fantasy
ISBN 13: 9781623803049

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:  The Hooded One. The one to breathe the dark and light and dusk between…

When an old druid foresees this harbinger of chaos, he also sees whom it will claim: young Rob of Loxley. Rob’s mother and father, a yeoman forester and a wisewoman, have raised Rob and his sister, Marion, under a solemn duty: to take their parents’ places in the Old Religion as the manifestations of the Horned Lord and the Lady Huntress.

But when Gamelyn Boundys, son of a powerful nobleman, is injured in the forest, he and Rob begin a friendship that challenges both duty and ideology: Gamelyn is a devout follower of the Catholic Church. Rob understands the divide between peasant and noble all too well. And the old druid has foreseen that Gamelyn is destined to be Rob’s sworn enemy—to fight in a blood sacrifice for the greenwode’s Maiden.

In a risky bid for happiness, Rob dares the Horned Lord to reinterpret the ancient rites—to allow Rob to take Gamelyn as a lover instead of a rival. But in the eyes of Gamelyn’s church, lust is a sin—and sodomy is unthinkable.

Review: This book was given to me for  review and I had no clue what I to expect. When I realized it was a re-telling of Robin Hood, I guessed I would enjoy the book. I guessed right and it wasn’t even the Robin Hood I’d seen on television all of the time. The author’s interpretation of Robin Hood was done really well, making it original. I could feel the hard work the author had put into this book. The author clearly had researched hard enough to made the book to come alive.

The descriptive setting was wow! It was like watching the author painting a picture in words. It was that visual.  The writing of the characters’ emotions was amazing. I felt for them. I actually did. I worried, was scared, was pissed, smiled, and so on. It was what I love to be feeling when I read a book and this book made it exceptional. I was truly amazed by it.

My only downside about this was the dialogue. I was getting tired of having to stop reading and look up online to figure out what a word meant. I really don’t know the old language or the southern dialects since I’m deaf and not a big history reader. There were certain scenes that were exaggerated too much and those made me want to skim them. Most of the time, I savored every sentence. It amazed me, really, more so because I never was a fan of historical books. Now, it looked like I’ll need to stop avoiding historical ones because I must have gotten a bit smarter and able to enjoy them. ;D

Greenwode is not a traditional romance book. It ended on a cliffhanger with no assurance if any of the characters got their happily ever after. But don’t let that scare you off because the second book will finish the story. Knowing Dreamspinner’s reputation, they prefer the book with happy for now or happy ever after. That made me happy because it wasn’t over for Rob and Gamelyn.

The twist of the Robin Hood story the author decided to write: it includes magic. It didn’t showe me clearly what kind magic they had. But, they did. Especially Rob’s sister, Marion. She had some kind of the power that looked like she would be the person that saved Rob. I am not too sure about that either. That is just my huge assumption.

I highly recommend this any fan of an epic fantasy with historical settings. It is long but worth it. I can’t wait for the second book to come out. 😀

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