My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sometimes it seems as if every fantasy, historic fiction and young adult novelist feels the need to write at least one Robin Hood story over the course of their career which, unfortunately, floods library shelves with tons of books that are forgettable or downright awful. It’s particularly hard on readers like me who love tales of Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John, Will Scarlett and the rest of the “merry men” because we have to sift though all the not-so-great offerings to find the books that are worth reading and that treat our favorite characters with love and respect.
Having said that, The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley is one of the shining examples of a Robin Hood book done right. In fact, I have never found another Robin Hood book that even comes close to it. The author does an incredible job of fleshing out the characters and of balancing a realistic portrayal of the story with the growing myth that it became.