Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Shadows of Sherwood

Robyn likes to sneak out at night and go on adventures, but one night while she is gone something terrible happens.  She returns to an empty house with only a pool of blood on the kitchen floor as a clue.  She soon discovered that her parents, along with other government officials and their families disappeared on the Night of Shadows when a man named Crown seized control of the government.

Now Robyn only has a message from her father and a couple of objects to guide her as she tries to figure out what to do next.  She and her friends begin stealing food to eat, but Robyn realizes there is a much bigger problem.  Many of the city's poor are starving because Crown has confiscated all the food and vendor licenses and blocked entry to the forest where people might scavenge for food.  They decide to steal the food and medical supplies back for the suffering people.

All along the way, she has clues from her father directing her to the Moon Lore.  She never really paid attention to this at home, but now it seems like it might play a vital role in finding her parents and saving the city from Crown.

This futuristic retelling of the Robin Hood legend from Kekla Magoon is fun and full of adventure, but the Moon Lore subplot didn't really work for me.  It just doesn't fit with the rest of the story.  Nevertheless, this is a fun read that kids will enjoy.

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