J Tullos Hennig
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Book One of The Wode, a historical fantasy series re-imagining the legends of Robin Hood.
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 glimpses its future. A peasant from Loxley will wear the Hood and, with his sister, command a last, desperate bastion of Old Religion against New. Yet a devout nobleman's son could well be their destruction—Gamelyn Boundys, whom Rob and Marion have befriended. Such acquaintance challenges both duty and destiny. The old druid warns that Rob and Gamelyn will be cast as sworn enemies, locked in timeless and symbolic struggle for the greenwode's Maiden.
Instead, a defiant Rob dares his Horned God to reinterpret the ancient rites, allow Rob to take Gamelyn as lover instead of rival. But in the eyes of Gamelyn’s Church, sodomy is unthinkable... and the old pagan magics are an evil that must be vanquished.
This is the beings of a five book series. It is, in my opinion, a much improved telling of Robyn Hood. It begins when Robyn is a boy and Marion is his older sister. I loved everything about the story, even the characters I really hated.... I highly recommend this book with the warning it can get gut wrenching and frustrating as you sit watching events unfold that you are powerless to change or help. As I said, it is fantastic.