Sunday, 13 September 2015

HISTORICAL URBAN FANTASY: Robin Hood Demon's Bane 1: Mark of the Black Arrow - Debbie Viguie and James R Tuck

Release Date: 14/08/15
Publisher:  Titan


A vast darkness is spreading. If left unchecked, it will engulf the world, and so Richard the Lionheart must depart England on a holy mission. In his absence, the safety of the realm is entrusted to his brother, Prince John. When the king departs, black sorcery begins to grip the land, threatening noble and peasant alike. Horrific creatures stalk the forests, yet the violence they commit pales when compared to the atrocities of men. A handful of rebels fight back, but are doomed to fail unless they can find a hero to lead them.


I’m a huge fan of Historical Fantasy and when you throw in some Robin Hood with it, then I’m usually pretty well sold. That said, I do have high expectations from a book and expect it to deliver. After all when you’ve got good blurb, alongside a cracking concept it should be highly entertaining.

Whilst I’ve not always have the best relationship with Debbie Viguie, I have to say that she is not only prolific but an author who can deliver exactly what I want at times and this is one of those cases. Within the pages you get great action, solid characters and of course dialogue that helps move the tale on in its, if you’ll forgive the pun, merry way.

All round a cracking opening to a series and one I’ll look forward to seeing how each character will shape the world in which they live. Magic.

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