This reimagining of the Robin Hood legend tells the story of the young boy behind the bandit hero's rise to fame. Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and though just thirteen, he's led a charmed, protected life and is the heir to Shackley House, while his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart. But with King Richard's absence, the winds of treason are blowing across England, and soon Shackley House becomes caught up in a dangerous power struggle that drives Will out of the only home he's ever known. Alone, he flees into the dangerous Sherwood Forest, where he joins an elusive gang of bandits readers will immediately recognize. How Will helps a drunkard named Rob become one of the most feared and revered criminals in history is a swashbuckling ride perfect for anyone who loves heroes, villains, and adventure. From the Hardcover edition.
This book was written in a style I consider to be typical African. The way the dialogs unfold, the language, mentioning of gods or superstitions reminded me of my own childhood. The story was told at a pace just fast enough to keep me engaged until the very end. Although the names of the characters where not typical, I somehow found it easy to quickly grasp who was who. That's probably because there were not that many characters.
There were surprising turn of events that I didn't see coming, which made me want to find out as quickly as possible how the story would end. It was one of the quickest reads I have had over the last few years. All in all, I consider this a good book with my favourite kind of ending.