Will Scarlett, outlaw, wolf’s head, violently tempered right hand man to Robin Hood, has been pardoned for his many sins and crimes but cannot find peace within. Donning the robes and tonsured hairstyle, he becomes a monk. In a wonderful bit of story telling, the author has taken an account of a troublesome group of monks who basically disregarded their vows and ran wild, causing strained relations between the townsfolk and the local abbey. Brother Scaflock(Scarlett) finds that old habits die hard even as he begins to find some of the peace he’s been seeking. A tension filled tale worthy of being the final episode in the author’s very fine Robin Hood series, The Forest Lord. 4.3 stars
A delightful short featuring John Little or Little John as he is more famously known as. A night out with friends, lots of ale and food, and a group of mean looking mercenaries bent on mayhem. A pleasant night goes awry but have the mercenaries taken on more than they can handle? An imaginative bit of writing at the end had me thinking, “clever, Mr. McKay, very clever indeed.”
Robin has been pardoned, he is no longer an outlaw; indeed he is even working for the law now. He is reunited with his wife and son. Life is good, Robin should be a happy man. But alas, conflicted feelings about his job and how harmful the enforcement of the law can be and increasing tension at home rears over his job as well. The finale of this engrossing set of tales brings together Robin and what’s left of his old gang to pursue and destroy an enemy who is out for revenge against them. Plus there is another old score waiting to be settled by a most loathsome churchman. Taut, tense and full of action and surprises, Mr. McKay gives the reader an entertaining and fitting end to his Robin Hood series. My only, well, make that two complaints, is that the tension in some spots is such that I had to put the book down and take a breath or two (not that this is a bad thing)..and two – that the series is done. I commend the author on how he brings it to a close…that’s all I will say about that…you need to read it to find out. 🙂 5 stars and the highly sought after Hoover Book Reviews – “You Gotta Read This Series” award.