Forest Queen (The Forest Queen)

 
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Forest Queen  (The Forest Queen)

Robin Hood.  Two words that summon chivalry, generosity, courage and the romance of the past.  That glorious story has been rewoven and brought back to us centered on sixteen-year-old Silvie whose brother, John, wishes to marry her off to a mediocre aristocrat.  With her father succumbing to dementia and handing the power to her sibling, Silvie does not see any way out but to run.  Lucky for her, Bird, her once childhood friend now perhaps a person of deeper interest, is at hand and ready to run with her.

Silvie and Bird run from John, his greed and his lustful eyeing of Silvie, and find refuge in a cave set deep in the forest.  From this place the two act as magnets for the oppressed.  As Silvie turns her back on her aristocratic heritage and opens her eyes to the truth of the harsh conditions of the villagers around her, she discovers ways to exact retribution especially from her own family in the noble tradition of Robin Hood.

Alana Dale, Mae Tuck, Little Jane ...these names may summon the glorious characters of yore.  But this story has a more modern twist as the unbrotherly longing John has for Silvie becomes more and more clear and one of the main female characters is being rejected by her own family due to her being with child.

An eerie vein of darkness runs through this feminist version that holds a smoldering romance along with the exacting of justice and economic fairness.

293 pages             978-0544888197                 Ages 14 and up

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original's focus on economic justice to explore love, gender, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.--from the publisher

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