Shirewode

Shirewode Book Two of The Wode The King of the Shire Wode That is what they will call youHome razed by Church edict loved ones struck down by treachery Rob is left for dead Taken by the old druid master into

  • Title: Shirewode
  • Author: J. Tullos Hennig
  • ISBN: 9781632164445
  • Page: 482
  • Format: ebook
  • Shirewode

    Book Two of The Wode The King of the Shire Wode That is what they will call youHome razed by Church edict, loved ones struck down by treachery, Rob is left for dead Taken by the old druid master into the deeps, Rob survives to emerge as driven leader of a band of tight knit outcasts, claiming the forest as their own and wielding the Horned Lord s vengeance with sileBook Two of The Wode The King of the Shire Wode That is what they will call youHome razed by Church edict, loved ones struck down by treachery, Rob is left for dead Taken by the old druid master into the deeps, Rob survives to emerge as driven leader of a band of tight knit outcasts, claiming the forest as their own and wielding the Horned Lord s vengeance with silent, deadly arrows Gamelyn has fled England, only to return after finding new identity and purpose but no absolution on Crusade When the two boyhood lovers next cross paths, it will be in a brutal, blindfolded game of foxes and hounds, one which pits Templar assassin against Heathen outlaw When Rob discovers Marion is also still alive, the game turns.History will chronicle Robyn Hood and Guy de Gisbourne as the deadliest of enemies, but the reality is complicated and infinitely tragic.First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, September 2013

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    1. Carole Cummings

      1) A love of words and how they’re put together2) An appreciation for in-depth characterization3) An admiration for grand, striking world-building4) The ability to just let go and let the author take you where the story leads5) Oh, and a nice long chunk of available time to read without interruptionThese are the things you’ll need to appreciate the ‘Wode series the way it should be appreciated. And I’m serious about that last—don’t read this on the bus to work; don’t read it while [...]

    2. Serena Yates

      This second book of the retelling of the legend of Robin Hood is as fascinating and thought-provoking as the first. It is actually far more than a retelling or a reinterpretation, and that becomes more obvious as this series progresses. J Tullos Hennig has taken the basics of the stories as we know them and has built a whole new world around that foundation, including magic and a complete spiritual lore. This series presents the battle of the Pagans versus the encroaching Catholic church in a ne [...]

    3. Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~

      Now this is more like it. I'm endlessly fascinated by this series and what the author has envisioned for these characters, and it has me wanting to read the original Robin Hood tales or maybe even suffer through Kevin Costner's lack-of-accent again. I want to know which characters - aside from the main, well-known ones - are part of the original tales and which ones are original characters to these stories, if any are. I'm also enjoying trying to figure out which characters will end up being who [...]

    4. Jesse

      A few years have passed since the events at Loxley that forever changed the lives of Rob, Gamelyn, and Marion (not to mention several others). Each, in his or her own way, is lostumbling toward their destinyward their tynged. The game isn't over yet, not by a long shot.Gamelyn--now Sir Guy de Gisbourne--returns to his homeland from the Crusades. Rob--now Robyn--rules the Shire Wode and has grown into the Robyn Hood of lore. Marion is in the last place one would think to look for her, drifting, w [...]

    5. Paul

      5 STARSAudiobook Production 5 STARSAs a lover of fantasy and high fantasy Shirewode (The Wode #2) is not the kind of novel I"d usually gravitate towards as I'm not a fan of Robyn Hood, but this was just fantastic. I had absolutely no idea that book #1 Greenwode, was setting the scene for book #2 to become a M/M take on the tale of Robyn Hood.It is extremely well written and the narration is excellent. The MC's obviously make this book because they're just so strong in their convictions due to su [...]

    6. Jax

      I don't have the words to do these books justice. This has been a reading experience like no other. I've come to love all of these characters and am so sad to leave them now, but it's been a glorious, unforgettable, epic adventure and I am totally and completely satisfied by this conclusion. I am grateful to the author for giving me this wonderful gift.

    7. Val Kovalin

      SHIREWODE by J. Tullos Hennig opens three years after the first book GREENWODE (you should read these books back-to-back to get the best sense of the story.) The three principal characters are Guy de Gisbourne (who was called Gamelyn in the first book), Robyn Hode, and Marion. Robyn and Guy were once lovers, and Marion is Robyn’s sister.Now Robyn Hode is living in Shirewode forest with his band of outlaws, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. He has changed the least of the three main [...]

    8. Alison

      ETA: My fourth time reading this, and it's even more riveting now. Completely enthralling. Incredibly good! I loved this so much! This series is so special to me. This is the second book in a superb historical fantasy series that re-imagines the Robin Hood myths. It does not stand alone, so do read the first book, Greenwode, before getting into this one. Pretty much everything I said about the first bookapplies to this one as well: amazing storytelling, amazing characters, amazing characterisati [...]

    9. Euraylie

      This is one of those stay-awake-until-3am-reading-on-a-work-day books.It's also one of those books where you are at loss afterwards as to what to read next. You won't want to leave this wonderful world and its characters behind.I've become somewhat stingy with my five-star ratings, but if there is one book that deserves one, it's "Shirewode".Absolutely gorgeous and epic. I was reading with my heart in my mouth the entire time.I loved the first part, but consider it more of a beautiful, extended [...]

    10. M

      Enjoyed this much more than the first novel. That was more a Robin Hood origin story than anything else. Here we get into the meat of the tale. And I liked it.

    11. Abi Walton

      on my second re-read of this incredible series I have to admit that I think I love this series more the second time round. I was captivated again by the Wode and the struggles of Gamelyn, Robyn and Marion go through. On the second read I felt more for Gamelyn than any other, even with the ice covering his heart and the grief clouding his vision. Shirewode is set three years after the devastation that the first book finishes on, and the repercussions of this tragedy. Gamelyn, now Guy of Gisborne [...]

    12. The Novel Approach Reviews

      Epic is such an overused word, but that’s what this series is. It is bigger than the confines of the page. It is grand and glorious and a feast for anyone who loves the mythological adventure of heroes and heroines, enemies and villains, the battle of good and evil, the tales of those who know that without endings there can be no beginnings. Just as without beginnings, there can be no journey, no trials, no foes to best, no need for heroes, nothing to fight for and nothing to gain. J. Tullos H [...]

    13. Lindsay M.

      This series is all consuming, and I can't ask for much more than that from a reading experience. I feel as if I've been on a lifetime of adventure with Robyn and Gamelyn. J. Tullos Hennig creates such a breathtaking world that makes it impossible to accomplish anything but hours and hours of reading and escapism. These books are long, and many times I'm presented with unfamiliar vocabulary and language, but that only takes me deeper into the story. The characters have been created with such fine [...]

    14. retro

      Liked it a lot better than Greenwode. Tighter plot, far more action, fewer vision quests. The bad guys got what they had coming to them and the ending, unlike in the previous book, was not some ridiculous cliffhanger. Could have done with more from Marion, but then I'm one to always be rooting for the Maiden. Gamelyn/Guy and Rob/Robyn have finally achieved that level of maturity where they can kick each other's asses and still be in love: entirely my cup of tea.Finally, it's really nice to read [...]

    15. Stephanie

      This series and narrator are life. I almost wish this was the original tale, it is so smartly written. I really hope the author continues on the with audios for the rest of the series.

    16. Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews

      4 1/2 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewsThis story is part of a series and must be read in order. Robyn Hood is making the nobles pay where it hurts most, in their pockets and their dignity, Robyn and his band of outlaws harry the nobles until the nobles turn to the Templar's for aid where Robyn will face his greatest challenge. Guy of Gisbourne is back from the Crusades with his fellow Templar's, when he is given the task of hunting the wolfshead who has claimed the Shirewode as his [...]

    17. Christopher Moss

      As an inveterate Robin Hood nut, I was bound to love this book and I did. My favorite rendition of The Hooded Man before this was the British series with its satisfying dose of Paganism. I found that here too, but in this and the earlier novel the added bonus of Rob being gay just pretty much made it perfect. How delightful then to find Rob's old lover returned as the world weary crusader knight and learn his name, "Sir Guy of Gisbourne" deliciouslyy a Templar knight , te cherry atop the sundae. [...]

    18. Elaine White

      Book 2: ShirewodePOV: 3rd person, multi-characterPages: 390Star rating: ★★★★☆To be quite honest, after the mixed-feelings book 1 left me with, I really wasn't sure I wanted to go ahead with this book. I mean, I've always been fascinated by the Templars, so that helped inspire me to keep going, but I just really didn't want to re-enter the whole “will-they-wont-they” drama that had the possibility to be a total rehash of book 1, just older, not-wiser and with new ego's and challenge [...]

    19. Chris

      Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley. The only reason why my reaction to this book is mixed is because I did not read the first volume, and it’s the type of book where reading volume one would be helpful, if not entirely necessary. That said, it’s actually a retelling of Robin Hood that will resonate with Robin of Sherwood fans. If ROS was a blend of the Saxons fighting back against Norman overlords with old beliefs, such as Herne, than Shirewode is a rightfully successor. If you are thinking [...]

    20. Joyfully Jay

      A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsAudiobook reviewSo this was a really fabulous conclusion to the wonderful Robin Hood retelling started in Greenwode. That book leaves us on the edge of our seats as Loxley is destroyed and our heroes all scattered. In this story, we must watch as the pieces are put together again to see if there can still be a future for Robin and Guy, or if has all been lost. Henning really does an amazing job here with the second half of the tale. We follow the journeys of Robi [...]

    21. Ulysses Dietz

      You really have to read this book in tandem with its precursor, "Greenwode." Hennig has created a remarkable, vivid and believable recasting of the Robin Hood legend, focusing on the emotional, spiritual and cultural underpinnings of the legend as much as on the complex and sometimes gory action of the tale. Having scanned the other reviews - this is not a "gay romance" in that it is not all about Rob and Gamelyn's star-crossed romance. It is not sweetness and light, nor is it adolescent angst t [...]

    22. Ayanna

      Oh. I hadn't realized that it would start off right after where the first left off. I thought there'd be a bit of time gap.You know, a lot of this goes right over my head. I feel like I'd have to either be a history buff or at least know a shit-ton more about the Crusades than I do already for this to be of any significance to me.Well, that and/or Robin Hood-related lore.It's weird because it feels like it's just beyond total comprehension. It's kind of cool because the romance is kind of, but n [...]

    23. Charlene

      This re-imagining of the Robin Hood myth cast Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne as misunderstood lovers caught on opposite sides of a religious, cultural, and political divide. While Robin and Guy's characters are skillfully written for the most part, the pagan deities behind the scenes were less interesting and their inclusion didn't add to the story itself, which is primarily a love story. Characterization is a bit unbalanced, with Lady Marion, Robin's sister, now relegated to a very minor role [...]

    24. Emily

      I'm still coming down from the high of finishing an amazing, epic book series. I need to catch my breath before I write a comprehensive review. For now, here's what I'm mostly celebrating: (view spoiler)[List of People Who Needed to Fucking Die:- The Abbess - JohanList of People Who Fucking Died:- THE MOTHERFUCKING ABBESS- JOHANYOU BOTH GOT FUCKING SCHOOLED, ASSHOLES.(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br" [...]

    25. Teal

      The Wode Book 1 + The Wode Book 2 = The best reading experience I've had in the last 25 years.And how am I supposed to write a review of THAT? Well, since I'm in the throes of a book hangover of epic proportions and won't be able to read anything else for a while, I'll at least have the time available to give it a try

    26. Rachel

      I am not the kind of person that stays up late to read. I highly value my sleep, and while occasionally I can be pushed a chapter or two past my bedtime, in general I don't have the focus to read for longer than an hour at a time anyway.This book had me, after two hours of reading, wailing at my partner, "BUT THEY HAVEN'T MET UP YET!!!!" as they gently tried to guide me to bed. The tension in this book is incredible and never before have I felt so thoroughly gripped by a story. Honestly. There's [...]

    27. Saba

      I enjoyed this much more than the first. The depth given to Gamelyn was striking. His journey from little rabbit to scarred Templar was mostly off screen, but I didn't mind.

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