More than a year has passed since Robert Stokes defeated de Falaise, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and took up residence at his castle. In that time, The Hooded Man has been training a new force to police the area: The Sherwood Rangers. But cracks are beginning to appear in this fledgling system - the men are overstretched and a brand new new threat has appeared in the shape of a dangerous cult. Can The Hooded Man and his friends survive all of this - or will everything be broken for good?
When I originally heard of a second novel in this series by Paul Kane, I knew that I just had to get my hands on it pretty quickly as his original offering really was a title that I loved. After all, with the beautifully creative way in which he’d managed to weave folklore and British History together in an apocolyptic setting really created something that enchanted readers. The real problem however was how would he better it or could he even live up to the original creation with the second offering or would it just collapse around the authors ears as he’d pretty much done everything he could with the original.
I shouldn’t have worried to be honest as this tale didn’t only build upon the original but exceeded my expectations as the author brought more twists to the tale alongside emotional conflict that really did keep the characters fresh. Add to the mix some new villains alongside some old fiends and it’s a tale that will keep you glued to the last page and crying in anguish for a third instalment.