This book is Robin Hood as he was meant to be - Robin Goodfellow, Lord of the Greenwood. This book isn't about stealing from the rich and giving to the poor - it's about the battle between the old magic and the new church.
Sherwood Forest - protected by Maid Marian and her priestesses - is the last enclave of the old magic in England and it's under siege from the church. That is the plot, but what I loved about this book were the relationships. Between Marian and Robin, between Aspen and Laurel, Willow and Rowan and their Merry Men. Between the Sheriff of Nottingham and his wife, who once was a priestess of the old magic.
These relationships are filled with love - and love-making - and so is the book. It's filled with respect and love for the land, for Sherwood Forest, for the Great Stag and the Grandmother. It's full of music and laughter and sorrow.
Sherwood Forest is emotionally intense, and despite its size, is fast-paced. Once I hit the halfway mark, I couldn't put it down. Three o'clock this morning, I set it down with a sigh of sorrow, sorrow because of the story, sorrow because it was over. But I also heaved a sigh of satisfaction - I wasn't disappointed.
This book isn't a fast read but it's more than worth the time you'll spend with it. And, if you're like me, you'll read it again. And then again. And wait impatiently for the next book in this series. Thanks, Lisa, you've hooked me.Kate