Our heroine this time is Robin Marie, a young woman fighting for the rights of her people in a depressed country ruled by a wrongful king. A familiar plot for a Robin Hood inspired tale, but one that always carries a good message. Hardworking Robin was trained in the art of sword fighting and archery by her father. She became a rebel leader in hopes of installing the new government planned for by the rightful former King. Encouraged by her father who instilled a sense of responsibility in her, she fights her battles with strategy and skill, keeping her true identity hidden by dressing like a boy.
As Robin’s reputation grows, another rebel leader, Daniel, approaches her and proposes to join forces. This was my favorite part of the story, the beginning of romance between Robin & Daniel with Robin’s hidden identity in the mix. I liked that while Robin’s intelligence was often highlighted, Daniel was portrayed as perceptive, strong, and humble. He wasn’t fooled by Robin’s disguise for long.
Robin & Daniel are what make the story fun and special. A lot of emphasis is made on the responsibility of young people to care about the people in their community and fight for a fair government. (This theme reminds me of a children’s book I just worked on. It was fun to read a similar message in a completely different kind of story.) The story is fun for adults, but I think kids & teens will have even more fun with it. It’s appropriate for any age. In many ways it read like a storybook. My only critique would be that sometimes the descriptions were more about telling than showing, but with the style as such it was fitting. It would probably be a great one to read out loud.
I hope you enjoy reading this tale if you get the chance! I loved getting to draw the characters!
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I was provided an e-copy for this review.