The Wolf and the Raven by Steven McKay

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The Lancastrian revolt is over.  Those who opposed the King are now outlaws and are being pursued with a vengeance.  This is especially true for Robin Hood and his men as they are once more wolf’s heads high on the list of the King’s main huntsman, Sir Guy Gisbourne; The Raven.  In this, the second volume in Steven McKay’s series on the famed outlaw, the author has crafted a tale of intrigue, bravery and betrayal.  He has also continued the development of his characters, the old and the new.  In particular his portrayals of Little John and Will Scarlet have gone up a notch as they help Robin overcome some very nasty treatment at the hands of Sir Guy; one of the new characters who the author has imbued with a streak of super-villain like viciousness.

The action is exciting, well thought out and is interspersed with many touching scenes…e.g. Sir Richard at Lee and his captor, a relative nobody from the village.  The detailed descriptions of the forest scenes lend a nice touch to this exciting sequel.  I heartily recommend this series and look forward to the third book.  My rating for this is 4.7.

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