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OK, so the title of the headline is NOT taking away the entertainment value & overall enjoyment I got from reading the 3 books available by audible (1,4, & 5). Donald writes at a level below Cornwell, Iggulden, or Shaara regarding the substance of the narrative... perhaps a bit more like Ludlow or Scarrow, although 'Macro & Cato' series were much better.
These books do not resemble historical fiction as much as mythological legends although there are kings that are rulers at the time & possible people who could have lived during the time period, the book is an adventure with vivid action drawing off a childhood legend merged with harsh realities of life during the timeline. This is def. not ur 'men in tights stealing from the rich to give to the poor' although a perfectly plausible set of events/stories unfold. The story is told from the perspective of sir Alan Dale one of the Earl of Locksly's protege's, so right away u know he is alive & recounting his life & of those while in the service of the notorious Robin Hood...
The actual content within the book was not anything extremely unique & i found myself listening to the book at 2x the speed on many occasions, after the books escapades I felt the author did include different spins on characters, included adventures that were not associated with Robin Hood's legends, & provided fodder for my brain that enjoys Cornwell, Martin, Abercrombie, Erikson, etc... Am I someone that enjoys descriptive battles & fights? Absolutely, the individual stories of tortures & idea's of what passed for magic? Not so much
If u are a historical fanatic, I don't think u will enjoy the series if u set a bar like Shaara or expect character development even over 5 books, but if u find books that are simply about fights, deceptions, comrade, & basic action writing at a 'James Patterson' like flow (I mean the guy has a new book like every 5 weeks?!?), check out book 5 or 1... not sure the others are worth it.
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If I ever have to hear "my beloved" or "sweet meats" again I'll lose my mind.