This months book was Tuck – (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595540873) written by Stephen R. Lawhead (http://www.stephenlawhead.com/ ). It was a very interesting book, the 3rd in his series about King Raven, also known by a few other names, one of the more popular names is Rhi Bran the Hud, or in English what we would call Robin Hood.
In the front of the book is a pronunciation guide to aid in you the reading of some of the Celtic words. This came in very handy to me, and was also very interesting since I love different languages.
The story was pretty well written, and I loved the people and the characters in it. It gave a new look at Robin Hood and maid Merian, as well as little John and Friar Tuck (personally, my favorite character), just to name a few.
Tuck is my favorite because he seems to be quite human and not as stuffy as some of the Priests in the book seem to be, he has his faults, but he also relies on the grace of God to get him through. I love how he uses his staff to protect those he loves. I don’t enjoy his penchant for drinking, or the fact that the book seems to portray and promote the idea of Catholicism, but all in all, Tuck is a pretty interesting character.
I loved how throughout the book, there were times where Rhi Bran was made more human to me than just legend, by the choices he made, good and sometimes bad, and the consequences he had to deal with. There were a few times where I thought it was most fitting for Angharad, the eldest in the tribe (you’ll find out more about her in the book), to bring Rhi Bran down a notch or two in his pride… and her tactics usually worked.
The book is about Bran’s people, the Welsh common folk, who were fighting for their King, King Raven, to be put back on his throne. The Welsh people, also called the Cymry, were a fierce, proud and loyal people for their King, and loving too. In this story are families, single men, and women, priests, abbots, marshalls, sheriffs, Kings, Lords, Ladies, good guys and of course, bad guys…it is a good book if you are looking for a fairy tale brought out of legend, more into real life.
For more information about the book, check out the following websites, and check out what other bloggers have to say about it. I think if you are interested in anything having to do with the Welsh people, or about Robin Hood and his men, you will enjoy this book.
*Featured book, Tuck – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595540873
Stephen R. Lawhead’s Web site – http://www.stephenlawhead.com/
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