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Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall
Robin Hood was a good guy, the leader of a band of merry men who robbed the rich to give to the poor…
That’s what the legend tells us, but it’s not the Robin conjured up by Tim Hall in a dazzling debut novel which transports the medieval bandit into new and terrifying territory.
Shadow of the Wolf is the first of a trilogy and it promises to be the talk of the burgeoning teen novel community as Hall takes us on a spellbinding journey into the dark heart of an unrecognisable Sherwood Forest.
It’s a place of unspeakable horrors, vile villains and menacing supernatural powers where 14-year-old Robin, a ruthless assassin, is hell-bent on a mission to avenge his father’s death and the brutal abduction of his soulmate Marian.
At just eight years old, Robin Loxley finds himself abandoned and alone in a quiet corner of the forbidding forest. His parents and siblings have mysteriously upped and left him and now he must fight for survival armed only with his father’s shortbow strapped to his back.
And then Lady Marian, a wild, impetuous girl with a dark, fierce glare, walks into his bramble-covered shelter and life will never be the same again.
Marian is from the large manor house, a home she despises, and she senses something of her own free spirit in Robin, the wilding boy she calls ‘Sir Robin of the Hood.’ ‘You and I are the same,’ she tells him. ‘No one else cares about us… We will survive and prosper, but we must be quick and brave and clever.’
By the time they are 14, their lives are entwined with no clear intimation yet of the horrors to be released in this place of illusion and lies. They seemed destined to be together forever until Marian is kidnapped and Robin, his unseeing eyes opened at last, determines to do whatever it takes to get her back and discover the truth about his family…
Hall is a wonderfully descriptive writer as he brings to life an elemental and energetic Robin, more a creature of the wild than a flesh-and-blood warrior, and creates a landscape that is both seductive and scarily alien.
Although he presents Robin with a deliciously dark and highly original new spin, Hall still pays homage to the familiar heroes and villains we have come to love and hate… the Sheriff of Nottingham, Will Scarlett and Much.
This is Robin Hood as you have never before imagined him… mean, menacing and far from merry.
(David Fickling Books, hardback, £10.99)