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Title: Maid Marian
Author: Elsa Watson
Publisher: Crown Publishing, a division of Random House
Release Date: 2004
Rating: 4.5 Crowns
The orphaned heiress to a large country estate, Marian Fitzwater is wed at the age of five to an equally young nobleman, a union that joins her inheritance to his and vastly enriches his family. But her husband dies under mysterious circumstances, and at age 17 Marian is made a ward of King Richard, who has the power to choose her next husband. With Richard away at the Crusades, however, Marian's fate lies in the hands of his formidable mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitane. Unwilling to be a pawn in Eleanor's ambitious and notoriously devious schemes, Marian seeks out the outlaw Robin Hood to help her thward the queen and reclaim her inheritance.
Narrated in the first person, Maid Marian is both a thrilling journey into the tumultuous world of medieval England and an endearing, refreshingly contemporary portrait of a romance that has enchanted generations of readers and moviegoers.
(from the publisher)
I had read this book when it was first released in 2004 and then reread it a few weeks ago, and I still found that I enjoyed it. Highly reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon, Maid Marian portrays the story through the eyes of a woman, while fully engulfing the read with action and adventure befitting a tale of Robin Hood. With the plot so intriguing I found that I read this book from beginning to end in two sittings, and found that I was eagerly turning the page to see what awaited Marian and Robin Hood. I highly recommend that fans both of Robin Hood as well as those who love historical fiction should give this book a go.
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