As this is the fourth book in this most excellent tale of Robin Hood, I sort of knew what to expect and was not disappointed. This chapter revolves around King Richard’s attempt to drive King Phillip of France out of Normandy but there are plenty of other side stories and subplots as well. Alan Dale is once again the narrator and in this tale is also one of the main characters as he struggles to find the real reason his father was killed and who the responsible party was. Along with that he is also dealing with a curse levied at him and his bride to be.
The author has produced a magnificent tangle of twists and turns while also continuing his deepening of Alan’s character. Alan suffers much agony and pain, physically, emotionally and spiritually during the many and varied adventures he takes part in during the course of this tale not the least of which is his concern about his own guilt in the deaths of so many he encounters in his quest for the truth. This is where the author shines in my view as he brings that pain and agony to the reader almost as if it leaps off the page as you read the words.
One of the big events, one that will carry over to the next book in the series is the introduction of The Holy Grail. This most revered relic of Christianity plays an important part in Alan’s quest and serves as a catalyst for Robin to pursue this relic and possess it. Thankfully the sequel, Grail Knight, is already available so I won’t have to wait too long to continue the pursuit. I heartily rate this volume at 4.7.