The Forest Queen || Too Much In One Book

 

Title: The Forest Queen
Author: Betsy Cornwall
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners.

Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them.

Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

It’s always so hard to rate books that weren’t a clear like or dislike. This one was just somewhere in the middle. I didn’t especially like it but I didn’t really hate it. In fact I was more confused where the book fit exactly. The writing leaned more towards a middle grade read but the topics within the storyline (i.e.: suicide, injustice, rape) were definitely meant for an older audience. I expected a Robin Hood retelling that has lots of running in it, stealing from the rich, all that good stuff and this was just nothing like what I expected.

Now I did enjoy all the references to the original Robin Hood tale and the spin on the characters. That was really fun! And the sense of community that is created by the characters is heart warming. All of this being said this book is for you if you like a slower read with some more serious topics and a lighter writing tone.

**Thank you Raincoast Books for sending me the ARC for an honest review.**

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