Published in: 2009
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Third and final book in the King Raven trilogy
As King Raven, Bran is Lord of the Forest, but his true crown seems out of reach. Bran is still fighting to bring his people justice from the shadows of the green wood. But Abbot Hugo is used to playing the long game and has been watching – and learning.
A lot happens in this book as Bran tries to set everything right, while getting his revenge on those who wronged them. There’s a side story when Bran and Tuck head off up north to seek help from Bran’s relatives and end up pretending to be Spanish nobility to free a captured king; Merian heads home to seek help from her relatives and ends up stuck; and there’s all the fun battles between the Grellon and the sheriff’s men. It’s basically action packed and I enjoyed most of it, although there were a few moments that I didn’t see coming. The death of a big character is sad and unexpected, but works to propel the story forward to it’s final pages. And of course, there’s the satisfaction at the end, that has been 3 books in the making, which is all the more satisfying given the smart way everything is handled.
It’s been a really great trilogy to read, a different take on the Robin Hood legends, and I’ve really enjoyed each book and it’s characters. Definitely going to be one of those series I recommend to others.
Tuck rating: 8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? For anyone interested in the Robin Hood legends, fans of historical fiction, anyone who has read the first two books in the series.
Author’s website: http://www.stephenlawhead.com/king-raven-trilogy/tuck