A re-imagined Robin Hood tale with a distinctive twist. My main (well, only) complaint here? Too short! By the end readers will be desperate for more — more action, more of the characters, more plot. Scarlet could easily be another 100 pages and readers would still be entranced. You may finish Scarlet in one sitting, like this reviewer!
In the early years of Robin’s band, it is only him, Little John, Friar Tuck, Much and “Will” Scarlet. Everyone in the area believes her to be “Will” when in fact she is a girl — a thief from London — who has joined the band after being blackmailed by Robin. Together the group works to keep the townspeople safe from the sheriff and Prince John. As the noose tightens near tax day, an old enemy of Scarlet’s reappears, and she must decide whether to flee or fight. But with John pressing his advances, her own feelings for Robin and the guilt she is determined to absolve, can she turn her back on Nottingham? (WALKER, Feb., 304 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780802723468, HC, 12 & Up)