Sherwood || Gender-Bent Robin Hood

“Who are you to say that being a lady, in itself, is not its own kind of war?”




Title: Sherwood
Author: Meagan Spooner
Page Count: 480 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo






Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.




A gender bent Robin Hood story?! Ho boy! I saw the pitch and immediately knew I needed to review Sherwood. Second to the King Arthur Legend the Robin Hood legend is my favourite! I can’t tell you how many times I watched Kevin Costner as Robin Hood running through the forest as a kid. Or how many times my brother and I watched the Disney Robin Hood actually running through the forest singing “running through the forest”. So my obsession with Robin Hood stems from my childhood, no wonder I squealed when I saw the cover of Sherwood.

Spooner’s previous book, Hunted, was so good. A retelling of Beauty & the Beast and I devoured it very quickly. It was a fresh new take on a fairytale and I was anxiously waiting for her next title. Finishing Sherwood was unfortunately a bit flat for me. I just didn’t have the same POW as Hunted did for me. I really do think I just was in the wrong mood when I read this because I was in a huge reading slump.

My plan is to re-read Sherwood down the lane when I’m back on a YA kick. I liked the characters, I liked her new take on the legend. I liked the plot. So overall, I did like Sherwood. I think it may have been a bit too dense for me at the time as well.

If you love re-tellings I recommend Spooner. Her writing is excellent and her ideas are so interesting. She also tackles really important issues (ie: stockholm syndrome in Hunted and loss in Sherwood). Definitely pick this one up, you will enjoy it!

**Thank you HCC Frenzy for sending me the ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

4 thoughts on “Sherwood || Gender-Bent Robin Hood

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  1. It’s interesting because I came away feeling the same also questioning my mood which also makes me wonder if it wasn’t mood after all. It was a decent read, it just didn’t live up to Hunted. – Micky.

  2. Hmmmm, I’m curious about this one. I did read Hunted but I disliked it! So I wonder if, since we’re opposites on her book, I’ll like this one OR despise it more haha

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