Nancy Springer: Wild Boy A Tale of Rowan Hood

Ingsheads upwhat s in this book revenge is dark for a theme if you think about it and this is a child s version of revenge Spoiler Rook wants to kill a certain person his age for revenge basically End spoiler There s also the normal amount of fantasy children action violence you d find in a PG movie Nothing xtreme you need worry about though and the revenge aspect was dealt with deftly See the first book in the series for a full review I was Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas excited to read this book about Rook because he intrigued me His story was difficult because unlike the others he wouldn t let himself trust and that led to him fighting until the verynd Even after he accepted that he could be open with the others he still had to fight the habits that he had formed Now of course there was still the fun adventure of the story but it showed the pervasiveness of the root of bitterness I ve always loved the Rowan hood serious and honestly this book just falls in with the others I ve The Magic Rolling Pin enjoyed My only complaint overall is the length of the books isn tnough to really get to know the characters Or maybe that it s narrative heavy and you get inside their heads less Either way I don t connect with the characters on a personal level But you know That s okay Not Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, every series has to do that Sometimes you come across a series that you don t necessarily connect with but you still get you still love and you still read over and over And for me this is that series With the fourth installment in the tales of Rowan Hood s outlaw band we learn the truth about their unkempt unsmiling untamed member Wild boys and wild boars Freckled noses and matted hair Bruised ribs and battered hopes Resurfacing memories and brave boys In this volume we have Rook s story which neatly unfolds alongside Tod s a runaway from Nottingham Ah my heart ached for them With Robin Hood s help both boys find some measure of comfort and resolve where their respective fathers are concerned Bittersweet and hopeful I just have to say I m not much of a reader but I liked this book I would recommend it to people who are like me This book is about the back story of one o Probably the mostnjoyable of these books so farI mean again we sort of have the third book in a row where the villain is the abusive father of one of the characters thing but at. Eriff himself but with the Not Without a Fight evil man's son snared by one of the mantraps his own father planted to catch outlaws such as Rook Filled with clashes of sword andmotion this pa.

Followers of the series will be glad to finally hear Rook s story who is he and why is he living wild in the forest Young readers will thrill to the adventure feel the sorrow of loss and be glad that Rook learns to forgive and move onFor me however this series started feeling repetitive possible spoilers Lionel is Garden Bouquets and Beyond extremely tall and strong like Little John and a minstrel like Allan a Dale Rowan AND Tod And Rook s father are all caught in man traps Rowan and Beau both disguise themselves as men Etty and Lionel s fathers are both cruel as now is Tod s father in this story To somextent I can understand that there will be some overlap after all for teena Spoilers if you ve not read the first booksA short but poignant addition to the Rowan Hood series We finally hear Rook s tale why he is who he is His story isn t The Unseen Wonder entirely surprising if you ve read the other books it s a tad predictable but it s still well written This would definitely be my second favorite bookSpringer keeps the world solidly consistent with what happened in the other books There was also a nice though never said in thexact same words message that the son of the father is not responsible for the father s acts Each person is responsible for his own acts not others Rook learns that and forgiveness and how infective revenge can be His character is very well portrayed and an interesting mix of character traits His xclaiming Bah from time to time reminded me of a crotchety old man Bah humbug anyone and his refusal of help reminded me strongly of any classic teen I couldn t help but think he was the historical version of an mopunk Rook really is just a big old softie despite what he said to the contrary but his fight and inward struggle was very realThe plot Springer really must have daddy problems So far only Rook and Rowan Zu schnell escaped that issue Everyonelse had angry mean dads who made the lives of veryone in Sherwood forest miserable Either that or Springer recycled that idea because all other plots were a bit less than kiddie friendly Maybe that s why this is my second favorite book lack of daddy issuesWould I recommend it Rook was always one of my favorite characters so I may be biased but yes I would recommend it If you got through the other books and still like them then read this one by all meansWarn. Ever since the Sheriff of Nottingham killed his father Rook has run wild in Sherwood Forest dreaming of his day for vengeance Finally he has found his chance Not with the sh.

Least this time it s a little bit different with the twist of Rook having to deal with his feelings about his father s death at the hands of another character s fatherI think what really makes this book standout is that there s an incredible amount of character growth for Rook in this story With Lionclaw and Outlaw Princess of Sherwood both Lionel and Etty aren t changed that much by the story They xperience some growth but on the whole remain the same people just with a modified outlook at the ndIn this book Rook really undergoes a transformation He goes from hating Tod and wanting him to die at the beginning to wishing he could leave with him at the nd I ll admit it s very hard for me not to read this as romantic Rook lets go of the pain he s been carrying and drops the facade of being a wolf or a wild thing that feels nothing and cares about no oneI can t possibly imagine how this series could nd because it feels like it s still getting started but I am curious to find out There s a whole lot of teenage angst and melodrama going on in this series 35Continuing the Rowan Hood series I was a bit reticent to pick up this installment I ve been a bit meh about this series overall and haven t really gotten into the whole ach book being about the backstory of a different character thingAdded to that the fact that Rook while an interesting character has always been on the periphery and I didn t really know what to Invisible (The Curse of Avalon expect from this bookThat said itnded up being one of my if not thee favorites of the series Rook s story is touching and sad and his character transformation is one of the most natural of the stories so farIt s still lacking the connection with the wider world at large though we did have the introduction of Tod the Sheriff s son who was an interesting parallel for RookAs to the other characters Rowan continues strong though Beau and Lionel are a bit annoying with their bickering and whatnot though there were some nice moments with Beau and RookMost pleasantly Robin came across as heroic in this book than the others He had that mixture of strength and gentleness and wasn t as much of a flippant git as he often was in the Yummy Supper earlier books Much improvement all aroundI m curious as to how the last book in the series will tieverything off Time will tell I suppose. Ge turning installment in Nancy Springer's Tales of Rowan Hood series will leave readers ager to return to Sherwood where outlaws are often innocent and survival is no game.

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BIO NANCY SPRINGER Nancy Springer has passed the fifty book milestone having written that many novels for adults young adults and children in genres including mythic fantasy contemporary fiction magical realism horror and mystery although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession DARK LIE