Author Name: Eric Tanafon
Book Title: Robin Hood: Wolf’s Head
Genre and Sub-Genre: Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
Book Content Rating: 2 PG17+ Some adult situations but no details
Eric Tanafon writes software by day and fiction by night. He lives in New Hampshire with his lovely wife in an 130-year old house. They don’t have any ghosts, but make up for it with five children and three cats.
Here There Be…
Creatures of darkness, not all alike. Kings without crowns, knights who left their shining armor behind. Witches, hermits, berserkers, and other honest outlaws. Ballads sung to the lute and spells spoken by moonlight.
Stories within stories, a Thousand and One Sherwoodian Nights.
And in the end…redemption.
Robin Hood: Wolf’s Head by Eric Tanafon
As a reader who grew up loving Robin Hood and stories of his adventures with his Merry Men in Sherwood Forest I began this book with more than a touch of suspicion. I wondered if a modern writer could capture the excitement and appeal of the characters I loved. Eric Tanafon has definitely injected new life into these worthy characters and added a twist that makes the stories jump out of the pages.
From the very beginning, when John encounters the mysterious woman in the forest, I was hooked. However it is when the unconscious John is found in the forest by a hermit that the story truly picks up. Regaining consciousness for a few minutes John is able to give some hint of his identity to the hermit.
When John once again becomes conscious he begins to slowly relate his story to the hermit. It is to Tanafon’s credit that he uses this style of story-telling without having the pace slow or the book become dull. Instead what he has created is a vibrant and fascinating new take on the Merry Men and life in Sherwood Forest. Without revealing too much, the tale revolves around the surprising twist of shape-changing heroes. Robin and his band have the added advantage (and sometimes disadvantage) of being able to assume the shapes of wolves.
As the hermit listens to John’s story he is somewhat skeptical. Somewhat shocked by what is a pagan lifestyle the hermit faces his own dilemma; kill the werewolf or continue to hear the compelling story.
This is a lively book that captures the attention of the reader and manages what could have been an unbelievable spin on a well loved story. I highly recommend it for any reader who enjoys good, well written fantasy.
I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.