Throwback Thursday June 14th: Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

14 Jun

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books! It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. Through Throwback Thursdays THCW and NTFB hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

This week’s Throwback Thursday book is The Outlaws Of Sherwood by Robin McKinley.

Summary from Amazon: The classic tale of Robin Hood gets a new lift as real flesh-and-blood outlaws, on the lam from the gallows and the sword, fight for the sake of justice. Robin and his merry cohorts swing through the forest in these fresh additions to the timeless stories.

Why You Should Read This Book: Ever since I was a small child I’ve been fascinated by the Robin Hood myth. My mom tells me that I wore out my VHS copy of the Disney Robin Hood and it had to be replaced twice and as a three year old I insisted that she make me a Robin Hood costume for Halloween (complete with bow & arrows!). So, it’s definitely no surprise that my favorite Robin McKinley book is her retelling of the famous robber of Sherwood Forest.

Robin McKinley leaves her signature stamp on the classic tale by adding a few strong willed and independently minded women to Robin’s merry band of men. In this version Maid Marian is no shrinking violet and she often bests Robin at archery! I always appreciate the way McKinley lets her female characters take control right out of the mens hands and this book is certainly no exception.

The backstories that McKinley gives the various merry men flesh out these characters better than in any previous versions I’ve read, Little John, Allan-a-Dale and even Will Scarlett become more human and more engaging that you’ve ever seen.

If, like me, you have a soft spot in your heart for Robin Hood this is the re-telling to read, I plan on reading it for the twentieth or so time in the near future! Although, this has reminded me that I need to buy a new copy, as my copy is so well-read that pages fell out when I picked it up to flip through for this post. Oops?


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10 responses to “Throwback Thursday June 14th: Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

  1. Gabby

    14 June, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know it was a real place either. Okay everyone! Road Trip to Nottingham!!! LOL! I learn something new every week with Throwback Thursdays! I’m with Sarah, Throwback Thursday is my favorite meme too! My Throwback Thursday

  2. Jae

    14 June, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m new to Throwback Thursday but it’s a great idea! I can’t wait to discover more unknown treasures like this one!

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      14 June, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Throwback Thursday is my favorite meme! You should definitely join in and share some of your old favorites with us!

  3. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    14 June, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I haven’t heard of this one, but I’m adding it to the TBR now! I love Robin Hood and fairy tale retellings, so this sounds amazing. And I DID NOT KNOW that Nottingham was a real place. How did I not know this?

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      14 June, 2012 at 9:44 am

      To be fair, I didn’t know it was real/still existed until my year abroad in England!

    • kellywiggains

      14 June, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Yes, Nottingham is a real place. It’s actually a good sized city in England with cars and electricity and McDonald’s and stuff. You can buy all kinds of Robin Hood gear, and pick up some hand-stitched lace for the ladies.

  4. Mandi Kaye (@mandikaye)

    14 June, 2012 at 8:52 am

    This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

  5. kellywiggains

    14 June, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Fun! This is why I love Throwback Thursdays. I always find books I’ve never heard of before. So great! I love the Robin Hood myth, too. When I was in college, I spent a couple of weeks in Nottingham working with the local schools.

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      14 June, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Oh man, that’s so awesome! I drove through Nottingham when I was with my parents but we didn’t get to spend a lot of time there. If you enjoy Robin Hood I’d highly suggest reading this book, and let me know what you think if you do!


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