Published in: 2007
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 2 in the King Raven trilogy
From his gaol cell, outlaw Will Scatlocke waits to be hanged. Before he swings, Will – known to his friends as Scarlet – tells his story to Odo, a duplicitous monk who has been given the job of recording his confession. Odo serves the ambitions of Abbot Hugo, who is gathering evidence that will lead to the capture of King Raven.
This book was better than the first. Will, a newcomer to the story so far, has been captured and is awaiting execution in jail, where he is retelling his story to Odo. Through this retelling, we learn how he came to meet Bran and the Grellon, and the events that led up to his capture.
With little of the world-building that was present in the first book, this one gets to the story itself, and it’s entertaining to read. Will is a great character to read about, and the story takes a slightly different spin in his eyes as he retells it, giving it a different feel to the first book. There is also the biggest let down of the series thus far, when towards the end you think they might finally get their revenge and Bran might finally get Elfael back… and then blindsight. I guess it was inevitable given there is a third book that has to be filled with story… but you feel the heartbreak of the Grellon, having come so far only to be right where they were before, or perhaps even worse off.
I definitely need to start the last book now.
Scarlet rating: 7.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of historical fiction, the Robin Hood legends, action and adventure, and underdog tales.
Author’s website: http://www.stephenlawhead.com/king-raven-trilogy/scarlet