Holy warrior A novel of Robin Hood

Angus Donald, 1965-

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New York : St. Martin's Griffin 2011.
1st ed
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389 p.
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Angus Donald, 1965- (-)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

Following Outlaw, this second volume in Donald's unconventional Robin Hood series continues the bloody legend of a folk hero portrayed as the merciless, sadistic leader of murderous forest brigands in an England of 1190 that is anything but jolly. Fifteen-year-old Alan Dale, Robin's personal musician and spy, tells this gritty tale of treachery and medieval warfare. Coerced by Templar Knights, Robin reluc-tantly agrees to lead a force of mercenaries to the Holy Land as part of King Richard's Third Crusade quest to recapture Jerusalem. Robin, however, is driven not by faith, but by personal, sinister motives, and his methods shock even the loyal Alan. The journey is perilous and rife with betrayals, as an assassin makes repeated attempts to slay Robin and Alan tries desperately to identify the would-be killer. Robin and Alan witness the massacre of Jews at York, the execution of Muslim prisoners at Acre, and participate in the slaughter of Sicilians and Cypriots before finally meeting Saladin and his Saracen army in battle. Donald offers vividly gruesome medieval history, complete with intrigue, royal discord, torture, rape, dis-ease, wholesale slaughter, and the brutal savagery of 13th-century warfare, where no quarter is expected and none is given. This is grim entertainment, indeed. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sequel to the best-selling Outlaw finds Robin of Locksley marching with the royal army of Richard of Lionheart on a crusade to seize Jerusalem from the Saracens, an effort that is challenged by a traitorous assassin. Simultaneous. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After the events of Outlaw, Robin of Locksley—and his sidekick and narrator, Alan Dale—finds himself in a very different England and a very changed world. In 1190 A.D. Richard the Lionheart, the new King of England, has launched his epic crusade to seize Jerusalem from the Saracens. Marching with the vast royal army is Britain's most famous, most feared, most ferocious warrior: the Outlaw of Nottingham, the Earl of Locksley—Robin Hood himself. With his band of loyal men at his side, Robin cuts a bloody swath on the brutal journey east. Daring and dangerous, he can outwit and outlast any foe—but the battlefields of the Holy Land are the ultimate proving ground. And within Robin's camp lurks a traitor—a hidden enemy determined to assassinate England's most dangerous rogue. Richly imagined and furiously paced, featuring a cast of unforgettable characters, Holy Warrior is adventure, history and legend at its finest.