Mini review: Nottingham: The True Story of Robyn Hood by Anna Burke // sapphic retellings are always superior

Robyn Hood didn’t set out to rob the rich, but in Nottingham, nothing ever goes according to plan….

After a fateful hunting accident sends her on the run from the law, Robyn finds herself deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest. All she really wants to do is provide for her family and stay out of trouble, but when the Sheriff of Nottingham levies the largest tax in the history of England, she’s forced to take matters into her own hands. Relying on the help of her band of merry women and the Sheriff’s intriguing—and off limits—daughter, Marian, Robyn must find a way to pull off the biggest heist Sherwood has ever seen.

With both heart and freedom at stake, just how much will she risk to ensure the safety of the ones she loves?

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★★★★

Sometimes you finish a book and you’re just like *sapphic noises*

This was very good and it only took me a long time to finish it because of university, I kind of wish I had waited to read it when I could have enjoyed binging it in a shorter time but I also know that when a book takes me such a long actual reading time it’s because I don’t skim-read (too many) paragraphs and that’s usually a sign I’m loving it.

I did find the writing very detailed and that means that sometimes it was easy to just focus on the dialogue instead but in general I think if you’re someone who’s interested in the legend of Robin Hood you will find this book very satisfying because it focuses on how the Merry Men (although here they’re mostly…. not men) came to be.

The cast is basically all queer (as it should be!) and I simply loved it, and loved the inclusion of Little John as a trans man, but since a big part of the plot is about Robyn and a few of the other outlaws having to disguise as men, I didn’t always find the language used to always be very trans-inclusive. Even if this problem never applied when it came to Little John himself, trans-inclusive language shouldn’t be something reserved for trans characters; if you include and acknowledge trans people you should also be careful not to focus too much on what body parts make or don’t make any particular gender. That’s the only complaint I have really.

Overall I would recommend this as it’s always good to see f/f retellings of myths and legends and even if I loved Robin Hood as a kid (well, the cartoon version), this sapphic and queer version is the only one I will be acknowledging from now on!

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