Review – Lady of the Forest
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  • January 2, 2011


 

Wow, that first cover is awful. For the record, I have the latter of the two. I think at the time I picked this up I would never have picked up such a saccharine looking cover like that! Even back then. Even now.

Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson is the first of my goalwar this year – to read the oldest books on my shelf, or rather, the ones that have been in my life the longest that remain unread. I think I purchased this before moving out of my parents’ home and I have since been living on my own well over a decade. Yeah. I’ve probably owned this book fifteen years. It’s ostensibly a book about Maid Marion (spelled Marian in this version) and Robin Hood. It centers on Marian in a way that reminds me of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. That said, all the femme-centric plot lines in the world couldn’t make me get into this book.

I actually started this New Year’s Eve (forgoing the celebrations I promised myself for a night of laze) and somewhere along the way I decided that I was over it. It’s a big book, so that doesn’t help. The daunting near eight hundred page length of it is largely what kept me from starting it to begin with. Not that long length books frighten me, I just hadn’t been in the mood for it (for fifteen years). However, the first hundred pages (or near about) are devoted to one single night… to one party introducing the characters… to one ongoing scene where several men fall in love with Maid Marian and decide to make her theirs. Blah!

One scene… one unending opening scene. I couldn’t do it. In talking with a writer friend of mine his eyes rolled straight to the back of his head. No one can make one hundred page scene work, no matter how of a writer they are. Besides that I’m not sure I’m ready for a Hunchback of Notre Dame styled plot – one woman and the four men who want her. Hugo did it better, and if I want to read that much pathos and romantic drama I’ll pick him up again. That’s all.

First blue book of the new year. Done. I’m annoyed I lugged this around for 15+ years.

1 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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