Book Review: WILL IN SCARLET by Matthew Cody

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Posted 06/17/2014 by alicemarvels in Fantasy
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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
 
Release Date: October 8, 2013
 
Page Count: 272
 

PROS:

Will is a plucky, easily lovable hero; Rob was fun; Much was easy to root for
 

CONS:

the story takes awhile to get going; it's more fun if you are already familiar with Robin Hood
 
BOTTOM LINE

A fun new middle grade take on the Robin Hood legend!

I love fairy tale retellings that take a familiar story and subvert all your expectations. In Will in Scarlet we revisit the Robin Hood legend, but this time from the perspective of Will, the son of a lord whose inheritance is thwarted by King Richard’s imprisonment and his own mistakes. When Will comes across Rob and the Merry Men in Sherwood Forest, he meets a bumbling drunk, not at all the benevolent and clever thief we expect. We also have a heroine dressed as a guy, Much, to root for, as is the custom in these stories. It is great fun following this updated tale, looking for the familiar aspects of the story, but also following the new paths Matthew Cody has carved out for himself in the lore.
Though it takes a short while to get going in earnest,Will in Scarlet is an incredibly fun middle grade story for fans of the traditional Robin Hood story. Getting to hear the perspective of the everyman heroics of the guy behind the great hero of legend is always a fun angle, and it makes it easy to root for both Will and Rob immediately. Though Will in Scarlet ends on a solid note, there is definitely room for more story, and I’ll definitely be onboard if Cody decides to continue on with the Merry Men.

7 Comments


  1.  

    This does sound like a fun read.




  2.  

    I have never read a book that is based on Robin Hood! This sounds really interesting. I love the sound of the characters especially. So glad you enjoyed it. Great review 🙂




  3.  

    sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t really know much about the original Robin Hood story though, I have to admit.




  4.  

    This sounds like a lot of fun, and a great idea for middle grade readers! I love RH re-tellings so I’ll have to check this out

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist




  5.  

    This sounds like fun, and I loved Robin Hood as a child




  6.  

    I love Robin Hood retellings, and though I don’t read all that many middle grade novels these days, this sounds like one I should definitely add to my list for later. Also, I always on board for the girl-dressed-as-a-boy heroine. 🙂





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