Scarlet is a fresh and thrilling take on the well known tale of Robin Hood and his band of merry man. This is an adventurous read, with a historical setting and charming (and at times infuriating!) characters.
The novel is narrated from the point of view of Scarlet, a member of Robin's band who disguises herself as a boy and carefully guards her true identity. Scarlet is a fierce heroine who can fight with the best of them and wields a mean set of knives. I love to see strong female characters who can fight their own battles, so on that front this novel won me over, as did Scarlet's unique narrative voice. And although Scarlet is tough-as-nails she is still vulnerable and riddled by her own fears which made her a more compelling and interesting character.
The arrival of ultimate baddie and 'Thief-Taker' Lord Gisbourne, sets the pace of the action for the story but it is the characters that really drive this novel. The tension and budding romance between Scarlet and Robin was one of my favourite aspects of this book. One of my major grievances with this novel is that it had the dreaded YA Love Triangle and the to-ing and fro-ing between various love interests got a bit tiring towards the end. I wasn't wholly satisfied by the ending, and it seems like it should have a sequel, but there is currently no information that this is in the works. In saying that, I would definitely love to read the sequel of this so *fingers crossed*.
While not as epic as other historical tales with strong women, a la Tamora Peirce's Song of the Lioness series, Scarlet holds it own as an entertaining and adventurous read.
If you've read this, what are your thoughts on it?
If not, what's your favourite historical novel?