Review #2 of what you thought you knew: Tuck, by Stephen R. Lawhead

Tuck was definitely a fun read.  Let’s consider part of what made that possible… the Setup.

I think most of us have at some point enjoyed the Robin Hood tale.  The legend has been presented with a Disney twist to young folks, and they’ve been loving it since the 1973 release of the movie.  Of course pop culture has many references to Robin the Shrek slayer and his Men in Tights.  So the basic elements of the story are familiar.  Studying for an Elizabethan Travel Guide I wrote gave me some additional exposure to the story.

This familiarity with the story likely had a lot to do with why I never really felt lost jumping into the 3rd novel in the series.  There were times when I wished I knew more details from the first two novels; but I only wanted them, I don’t remember feeling like I needed them.  This not only gives Tuck the ability to stand on its own, but it makes the reader want to see how the author envisionend the rest of the tale in his first two books.  Hood (book 1) and Scarlet (book 2) are definitely on my reading list now.

So if you’re new to the series it will likely be better if you read the first two novels first.  But don’t feel like you have to wait.  Tuck carries the uninitiated reader well, especially if the reader is familiar with the tale of Robin Hood.

I don’t know enough to speak with authority on how historically accurate the book is.  Indeed there are a lot of questions surrounding the tale of Robin Hood and I would question whether anybody can truly say how it came to be.  But this telling of Rhi Bran y Hud is a believable one. 

And more on that in the next review.

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