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Reviewed by Alexis Storey for Readers' Favorite
Rogue by Charlene Newcomb is a Robin Hood retelling that puts a person at odds with what’s right versus reasonable. During King John’s rule, brother to former King Richard, the king has set out to capture Allan a Dale, or Robin Hood—a man who steals from the rich to give to the poor. However, Sir Robert, a childhood friend, is now a knight in King John’s service and must decide if he should look the other way or assist in helping Allan escape before King John’s return from war, especially when his father and potential love interest get involved. Does he save the lives of many, or does he save the life of one? Is it right what his father and old family friends agree to do to save one person who has helped many by wronging others?
I have not found a Robin Hood retelling I have enjoyed more than Rogue by Charlene Newcomb. She took creative liberties and kept the story very true to the original telling, which I appreciated. Her way of crafting the story and making you, the reader, struggle to figure out the right calls and choices alongside Sir Robert was fun. I enjoyed following along and deciding if he made the right choices or if I would have done things differently. The story was also written to suit the era it is set in, which helped me immerse myself in the story. Newcomb has done her research and put together a great, entertaining, fast tale that is enjoyable for anyone who loves fairytales and legends, especially Robin Hood lovers. I loved this story.