Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows



❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows Author Toby Venables – E17streets4all.co.uk A GUY OF GISBURNE NOVELEngland, Richard Lionheart has left the realm bankrupt and leaderless in his quest for glory Only Prince John seems willing to fight back the tide of chaos threatening England A GUY OF GISBURNE NOVELEngland,Richard Lionheart has Sherwood: Knight PDF Í left the realm bankrupt and leaderless in his quest for glory Only Prince John seems willing to fight back the tide of chaos threatening England embodied by the traitorous Hood But John has a Hunter of ePUB Æ secret weapon Guy of Gisburne, outcast, mercenary, and now knight His first mission to intercept the jewel encrusted skull of John the Baptist, sent by the Templars to Philip, King of France Gisburne s quest takes him from the Tower of London of Sherwood: Knight Epub µ to the hectic crusader port of Marseilles and into increasingly bloody encounters with The White Devil the fanatical Templar de MerchevalRelentlessly pursued back to England, and aided by the beautiful and secretive M lisande, Gisburne battles his way with sword, lance and bow to a bitter confrontation at the Castel de Mercheval But beyond it if he survives lies an even unpredictable adversary.Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows

Toby Venables is a novelist, screenwriter and Sherwood: Knight PDF Í lecturer in Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge He grew up watching old Universal horror movies when his parents thought he was asleep, reading AD and obsessing about Beowulf There was Hunter of ePUB Æ probably a bitto it, but he can t quite remember what it was He has since worked as a journalist and magazine editor launching magazines in Cambridge, Peterborough, Oxford and Bristol and once orchestrated an elaborate Halloween hoax for which he built of Sherwood: Knight Epub µ and photographed a werewolf He still works as a freelance copywriter, has been the recipient of a radio advertising award, and in won the Keats Shelley Memorial Prize both possibly due to typing errors His first novel for Abaddon was The Viking Dead a historical zombie SF mashup which has been described as A fantastic mix of history, violence and horror and ludicrous fun.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 544 pages
  • Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows
  • Toby Venables
  • English
  • 04 March 2018
  • 178108162X

10 thoughts on “Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows

  1. says:

    Thoughts on the Overall Book This is the Robin Hood retelling I have been waiting for As soon as I heard about it I wanted to read it It s fresh, it s fun, and it keeps the traditional adventure of Robin Hood stories but without Robin as a protagonist, who I really get tired of.Cover Yea or Nay It s cool, I don t have a problem with it, but it s not the one I would pick either For the kind of book it is, it works.Characters Okay, so since I watched BBC s Robin Hood series, I have had a re Thoughts on the Overall Book This is the Robin Hood retelling I have been waiting for As soon as I heard about it I wanted to read it It s fresh, it s fun, and it keeps the traditional adventure of Robin Hood stories but without Robin as a protagonist, who I really get tired of.Cover Yea or Nay It s cool, I don t have a problem with it, but it s not the one I would pick either For the kind of book it is, it works.Characters Okay, so since I watched BBC s Robin Hood series, I have had a real soft spot for Guy of Gisburne and since Robin really ended up annoying me in that series, I have kind of gotten tired of him as a character in general The last really good Robin Hood story I have read was Robin McKinley s Outlaws of Sherwood But this one has Guy as the main character, and he s the good guy And he was genuinely, a good fellow He wasn t an anti hero, he was a black knight with a white heart I really liked him a lot Robin Hood on the other hand was a creep and portrayed very well as a villain and a sociopathic con man the bad, dangerous kind He s not even portrayed like that just because you re getting Guy s POV, there s hard evidence to that fact I m going to warn you now, that if you have a problem with Robin being portrayed as a bad guy, you re not going to like this book I personally liked this fresh take on his character I thought it was very well done Galfrid was one of my favorite characters though He was a kind of sardonic and cynical person and made a good companion to Guy I didn t have anything against Melisande, though I was afraid I would at first She ended up being the good kind of strong female character She did the job she had to, but didn t try to do Guy s as well Tancred was actually a scary villain when you got to know him I wasn t quite sure he wouldn t disappoint at first but I think he did pretty well I also liked how both Richard and John were portrayed I personally agree in full on how Richard was portrayed And John was actually not portrayed as an idiotic milksop either, which I think itaccurate.The Romance Not a whole lot of romance Guy and Melisande do share feelings for one another, which can probably be guessed, but it takes up hardly any of the story at all, and only really comes about at the end.Writing Style While not the most spectacular, it was engaging, and fast paced, and good for the kind of novel it was I actually really liked how this was geared as an adventure novel so it wasn t just a slog through historical details that so many medieval books set in this era are It wasn t the actual swashbuckling thing you would normally expect from a Robin Hood book either, thankfully because I m kind of tired of that, it s overdone and wouldn t have worked here butalmost like James Bond for want of a better description Guy was working as a retrieval expert and under cover in this one, and there was the added almost steampunk flair with the cool inventions and things he carried All in all, I thought it was fun and a definitely different take on the Robin Hood story.Accuracy Believability Strangely, this book is classed as fantasy actually, but there wasn t really any fantasy elements apart from the cool contraptions Guy carries It s not alternate history, there s nothing weird, but it s the kind of historical novel true students of history would probably would not like but I don t find they like much of any novels Nothing jumped out at me as being inaccurate But this ismeant to be a fun read and if it s not quite perfect, that s not the point.Problems What bothered me Nothing really bothered me There was a bit of language though scattered, and a couple moments of adult content but never graphic Certainly, there was less of both than I have found in a lot of YA novels I ll mention that there is gore for those of you who don t care for that Typical medieval level but again, not too graphic, but I m probably a poor judge of that Still PG 13Conclusion 4 stars I enjoyed this book a lot it is now one of my favorite Robin Hood or rather not Robin Hood novels I am excited to see where this series goes I look forward to seeingof Guy and Robin dueling it out.Recommended Audience Good guy read, but girls who like adventure and this kind of thing would also like it If you are a fan of BBC s Robin Hood series, mainly because of Guy and are as tired of Robin as I am, this is definitely for you Ages 18 and up

  2. says:

    quickie reviewSo this was really a 2.5 star book for me, but I rounded up because it showed promise.This one wasn t BAD but it wasn t great either This series looks like it will be an interesting fresh take on the whole Robin Hood thing, but much of that was only hinted at in this first volume.Awkward flashback chapters didn t help develop the characters as much as I thought they were supposed to The author s pace and style make for a quick read and the pages flew by I do believe the next boquickie reviewSo this was really a 2.5 star book for me, but I rounded up because it showed promise.This one wasn t BAD but it wasn t great either This series looks like it will be an interesting fresh take on the whole Robin Hood thing, but much of that was only hinted at in this first volume.Awkward flashback chapters didn t help develop the characters as much as I thought they were supposed to The author s pace and style make for a quick read and the pages flew by I do believe the next books in the series will get better so I ll stick with it for now nice cover art design too

  3. says:

    27 January 2016 3.99 on Kindle 27 January 2016 3.99 on Kindle

  4. says:

    Fantastic book I ve been looking for my next historical author in the same vein as Cornwell, Cameron, Iggulden, Low, Kane, etc And I think I ve found him I instantly liked Guisborne and rooted for him through his many trials Looking forward to book 2.

  5. says:

    I m familiar with Abaddon Books and thought it strange that they had branched into historical fiction Turns out they haven t the back cover clearly states the genre as fantasy Ever since Robin of Sherwood, elements of fantasy eg dragons, the undead have appeared in tales of RH Indeed one could make the argument they have been there from almost the beginning eg A Little Geste Venables skilfully weaves fantasy and history such that you are never sure which is which Is it the world turne I m familiar with Abaddon Books and thought it strange that they had branched into historical fiction Turns out they haven t the back cover clearly states the genre as fantasy Ever since Robin of Sherwood, elements of fantasy eg dragons, the undead have appeared in tales of RH Indeed one could make the argument they have been there from almost the beginning eg A Little Geste Venables skilfully weaves fantasy and history such that you are never sure which is which Is it the world turned upside down with Bad King Richard and Good Prince John Then again reality was never quite so clear cut Guy being the agent of order and justice while RH is the embodiment of chaos Melisande, the fictional grand daughter of King Stephen, who has Hashashin training Did Assassin s Creed provide inspiration For that matter, the hordes of evil Templars put me in mind of Wolfenstein The enginers, building their war engines and other contraptions And Llewellyn, PJ s enginer, is surely a nod to the actor who played Q from James Bond Enough waffle this a clever and entertaining read A deft and knowing touch was how current discussion of who is RH was added As I said, clever and entertaining Can t wait for book 2

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    I have read a lot of Robin Hood novels, seen movies, TV shows I ve loved, hated, no cared about many different Robin Hoods I LOVE Robin Hood The mediveal usually setting, the chaos warfare, the idea of stealing from corrupt evil nobles give the stuff back to the poor oppressed peasants again, usually , the simple romantic idea of a noble outlaw mostly just how many different ways the story can be told and retold I ve read over 65 different Robin Hood books, and I m still not bor I have read a lot of Robin Hood novels, seen movies, TV shows I ve loved, hated, no cared about many different Robin Hoods I LOVE Robin Hood The mediveal usually setting, the chaos warfare, the idea of stealing from corrupt evil nobles give the stuff back to the poor oppressed peasants again, usually , the simple romantic idea of a noble outlaw mostly just how many different ways the story can be told and retold I ve read over 65 different Robin Hood books, and I m still not bored yet I have seen lots of different types of Robin Hoods in my reading adventures LOTS of Wronged nobles, forced to flee to Sherwood fight for his lands back Like my favorite TV Robin Hood in the BBC show XD the reason for my obsession Boring cardboard cutout folk heroes from different classic retellings Or like the Robin in the tales or Rowan Hood Simple yoeman turned outlaw Like in the forest lord a Welsh Robin Hood during the invasion of William the Bastard in the King ravens trilogy.A bitter noble hating teenage Robin from the youngest Templar A survivor of the apocalyptic in hooded man A stumbling drink in will in scarlet A girl Robyn hood In a dystopian future in shadows of Sherwood A nerdy girl from modern day Brooklyn in the outlaws of Sherwood street A self aware Robot Robin Hood video game character in the Sherwood game A sociopathic anti hero from the outlaw chronicles the only other books on my Robin Hood shelf to rival my love of this one Knight of Shadows however is the first novel I have read where Robin Hood is actually a full on villain Like a straight up, psychopath I can do no wrong I am THE best thing I am invincible kind of crazy bad guy But, all so a very, very smart, Very very charming psychopath The kinda a man everyone loves and admires but no one really realizes he s nuts until your already drinking the kool aid Think Jim jones but with a long bow I think that s why I loved this so much Because along with the many other things to love about knight of shadows it presents the Robin Hood legend to us I m such a fresh new light Sure, plenty of your basic parts to a standard Robin Hood tale are there Set in the time of King Richard Prince John, the crusades An absent King, a prince getting all the blame, outlaws robbing Even a brief mention of little John and tuck Robin Hood went to the holy land But this tale turns it all on its head by showing us in a very convincing way, I m my mind that Robin Hood wasn t the hero, but the villan That the true protagonists of the myth were actually guy of Gisburne Prince John. What Yep King Richard the absent, romantized lionheart is nothing but a overgrown spoiled brat, playing war hero at his kingdom s people s expense while Prince John struggles to hold things together back home While being blamed for all of the kings crusade taxes Robin Hood is a violent sociopath with a long history of violence A egotistical maniac who views the world and people as playthings for his games and challenges guy of Gisburne So often he s nothingthan a bounty hunter or lackey of the sheriff Here, he s the misunderstood hero A logical, realistic guy who values chivalry order really just wants to be a knight, fighting for a truly Noble cause Set all this against a vivid historical background, acgreat sidekick, some ber cool mediveal spy gear, and an awesome quest to steal the skull of John the Baptist you have yourself a kickass novel Seriously, if you like your historical fiction well researched, realistically gritty gorey this is definitely the way to go From the battles, to the feasts, descriptions of fortresses churches, even what the characters are wearing It s all so detailed Hell, even the smells sights of the cities is wonderful Disgustingly wonderful Sometimes I think man, I be it d be cool to go back in time see what it was like when Robin Hood might have lived Then I read something like this, with such vivid descriptions of drafty stinky castles shit being tossed out windows I think thank god for indoor plumbing Irish spring soap You can really tell how much the author cared for his historical research his storytelling Like with the whole Richard John thing even if it was never as clean cut as Richard good, John bad, or King bad, Prince good as is here In all honesty I m sure they were both pretty awful But it s really nice to see arealistic version of the Lionheart even if he is a bad dude here to see him as the kind of war hungry, battle happy nutcase he was is such a welcomed change form the usual good King on a holy mission wrongly having his beloved country destroyed by and evil sheriff Prince The setting historical stuff is great, but we must also look at other important elements of the story Like characters, plot, and Writing All three of which I throughly enjoyed Characters Gisburne Galfraid I loved these two They are great together I absolutely adored following them on their journey They were funny it was great to see Gisburne really come to care for his unwanted squire over the course of the book Some has done it Made my favorite character human Like I said, he s logical honorable Bad ass fighter A bit of a loner, not wanting to work with others Kind, but real rough around the edges A man with the very clear senses of right and wrong something that while make his role as a knight of shadows lol see what I did there rather difficult Just what you d what in a Robin Hood, but given to us as Guy instead D actually, my biggest problem with him is that at times, he can be a bit to badass You know what I mean Like, he s a great fighter I love it He actually has a reason be, actually being trained for years as a knight by one of the best But there should be a point where it stops yes The dude was hurt bad, almost drowned but three days later, he s able to trap ten plus of Tancred s men inevthe woods fight his way out of a castle with only Melisande to help him Don t get me wrong, it was a great fight scene, the book is great for fight scenes But even badass knight main characters need a weakness Galfraid s cynicism is simply great, and at times, he s actually really funny, a little shining star in a very serious book Frankly, the dude is probably the best squire out there, cleaning guys gear Even lesser characters like Prince John, Tancred, Gilbert, Marian Melisande are good Tancred was an appropriately creepy bad dude Gilbert a loving mentor I just wanted to bawl at that one scene Damn you Richard the Lionheart Damn you to hell The fangirl in me screaming OTP OMG I ship it About Prince John Guy Really That first scene In the Tower of London after guy s test I m sensing major chemistry Marian was sweet strong, in a different way than Melisande, but strong nonetheless I can t wait to see what happens with her her interest in Hood Melisande. Well, while I love a strong female character as much as the next gal, I find her a bit Meh Sure, she s interesting mysterious all that jazz But the fact that I know so little about her after 544 pages, really puts a damper on my ability to truly care about her.How did she learn to fight Why is so so interested in the skull guy Who is she really loyal to I get that these questions were supposed to keep me reading interested im sure some of my questions will be answered in book two, but for 544 pages, I d like to have know farabout this kick ass gal Especially when kick ass gal is from a time period where girls usually stayed in the kitchen had were only good for making babies Plot awesome A bit fantastic , maybe even a bit far fetched at times, but it s well balanced by the historical bits a quest to steal the skull of John the Baptist Plots involving the knights Templar, the French King Robin Hood Sign me up I Writing very good wonderful discrpitions details It s maybe a little stiff at times, but it is very good The dialogue is good to Especially between Gisburne Galfrid Guy s little remarks during fights are priceless John s was kinda over the top, as lot of the stuff he says is meant to set up the plot, telling guy how s he s off the steal the skull, than later how he ll probably have to continue with his spy like missions even saying stuff about how history might no remember the kindly Haha He s talking about the future myths XD it s not bad, just makes him soundlike a narrator for a history documentary than a character Over all, it s just wonderful Definitely one of my favorite Robin Hood novels If you liked outlaw chronicles King raven or the forest lord I highly recommend knight of shadows Can t wait to read book 2

  7. says:

    I ended up reading the second book in this series first, so I may have spoiled myself for some of the things that happened in this one.The book stars Sir Guy of Gisbourne, a villain in the Robin Hood legend The author turns this idea on its ear by making Guy a misunderstood hero He s also actually pretty accurate as to the historical knowledge about King Richard and Prince John, which isn t necessarily what the Robin Hood story would have you believe Robin Hood is also a lot scarier in this b I ended up reading the second book in this series first, so I may have spoiled myself for some of the things that happened in this one.The book stars Sir Guy of Gisbourne, a villain in the Robin Hood legend The author turns this idea on its ear by making Guy a misunderstood hero He s also actually pretty accurate as to the historical knowledge about King Richard and Prince John, which isn t necessarily what the Robin Hood story would have you believe Robin Hood is also a lot scarier in this book, even as he remains merry.The plot involves the gem encrusted relic of John the Baptist s head It s a holy relic, yes, but it s also worth a lot of money, so its gifting between powers has several layers of meaning For reasons, Guy is tasked to steal this skull While I did enjoy the book, I found the second one in the series had benefited from the author s experience writing the first one, so this book came off as a bit of a rougher effort Still worth reading, though, and definitely go on to the second one I hopeare coming

  8. says:

    So, the concept is first class, the cover is striking, the publisher weighs in with the best, the author is of top quality stock Knight of Shadows certainly has a lot to live up to I ve always loved the tales of Robin and his band of merry men, right from being a very young child and first reading the children s novels of their adventures through the many reinventions and new takes on Robin of Sherwood Venables, though, takes a look at it from another perspective, what if what we had been tol So, the concept is first class, the cover is striking, the publisher weighs in with the best, the author is of top quality stock Knight of Shadows certainly has a lot to live up to I ve always loved the tales of Robin and his band of merry men, right from being a very young child and first reading the children s novels of their adventures through the many reinventions and new takes on Robin of Sherwood Venables, though, takes a look at it from another perspective, what if what we had been told was a VERY one sided view and in reality this known outlaw and thief was really a bit of a horror Right from the off I was absolutely enthralled following Prince John doing his best to hold a kingdom together and Guy of Gisburne being possibly the ultimate anti hero Exceptional writing, great characters and a plot full of twists and turns has made this one an absolute essential of 2013

  9. says:

    Not your typical Robin Hood story and that s why I liked it especially since I am a big guy of Gisborne fan Would have given it five stars but there were a couple flashback sequences in there which we re not clearly designated as flashback so that was a little confusing at times I couldn t tell if it was the present or years past It would go from a chapter that was now and then the next chapter was years earlier but I couldn t really tell that until I read it for a little while but despite th Not your typical Robin Hood story and that s why I liked it especially since I am a big guy of Gisborne fan Would have given it five stars but there were a couple flashback sequences in there which we re not clearly designated as flashback so that was a little confusing at times I couldn t tell if it was the present or years past It would go from a chapter that was now and then the next chapter was years earlier but I couldn t really tell that until I read it for a little while but despite that I will be looking forward to reading the next books in the series

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this It s not simply a Robin Hood story focussed on Guy of Gisburne Robin Hood is actually just a minor character here, and Guy has plenty of other things to occupy his time.There are strong characters, and a good plot I was able to visualise all the action scenes, although it will help if you re familiar with medieval weapons armour because they re not all described explicitly in the text For instance, do you know what a mangonel is There are also some genuinely funny bi I really enjoyed this It s not simply a Robin Hood story focussed on Guy of Gisburne Robin Hood is actually just a minor character here, and Guy has plenty of other things to occupy his time.There are strong characters, and a good plot I was able to visualise all the action scenes, although it will help if you re familiar with medieval weapons armour because they re not all described explicitly in the text For instance, do you know what a mangonel is There are also some genuinely funny bits that made me laugh What is that smell I haven t read any of the author s other books yet , but I m aware that he wrote Viking Dead and I think there was a subtle reference to that in this book when the characters discussed some strange rumours from the north about warriors who didn t stay dead However, you don t need to have read that book to follow this one, and that scene would still work even if you ve never heard of it, so I think that s the right way to handle this situation.The story is non linear, i.e the main storyline is set in the present day 1191 but there are also flashbacks to Guy s youth So, we see the man he is now, and then we see the events that led him to that This works well, and it reminded me of Highlander However, there are also a few cases where the story goes back and forth over a shorter period for no apparent reason E.g the characters arrive somewhere, then the next chapter starts 3 days after that, then it goes back to 2 days prior just after they arrived I think that s needlessly confusing, so I d have preferred the past present to keep moving forward.There are some plot points which may not come as much of a surprise if you re familiar with the genre For instance, view spoiler Guy encounters a mysterious figure in France, dressed like a ninja including a face covering This figure reappears a few times, displaying remarkable combat skills Who could it be I guessed that this person would actually be a woman, even though Guy had assumed that it was a man Given that, there was only one reasonable candidate since Marian was back in England the noblewoman he d met earlier If you ve seen the BBC s Robin Hood series from 2006, there s a very similar idea in there, and I m sure I ve seen it elsewhere In fact, TV Tropes has a listing for this Samus is a girl There s nothing wrong with that plot point, and it made sense for the character to conceal her identity, but as a reader I was waiting for Guy to catch up with me hide spoiler Some words seemed to be spelt wrong, but I assume that this is deliberate to match the period, e.g Serjeant and Enginer However, I ll still quibble about using decimated to mean almost completely destroyed p225 if anything, I think that the older the setting, thelikely characters should be to use the traditional Roman meaning killing 1 in 10.There are also a couple of typos in my copy p75 hebe he be.p186 plash splash.p225 had sense had a sense.As I ve mentioned in other reviews, this seems to be an unfortunate trend in ebooks

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