Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

    Scarlet is Robin Hood’s right hand man.  But he has a secret.  He is a she and only Robin’s Band knows she’s a woman.  But when somebody from Scarlets past shows his face things change.   He is out to see the hanging of the infamous Robin Hood and he will stop at nothing to see that this becomes a reality.   Torn between running and protecting her bandmates she must decide whether her life is worth more than the people of Nottinghamshire and her crew.  Suddenly she is not only fighting for the people of Nottingham but for herself, her bandmates, and her future.

I have read many books about Robin Hood but none were like this one.  The author casts a light on Robin so that we see him as more than just a hero who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.  We see that maybe he is not some perfect ideal man and its all told from the point of view of a girl who has endured hardships than no one should ever have to face.

This book showed a path through history and brought the characters of old to life.  I now see Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John, Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and England during that time period through different eyes.  Eyes that this book opened.

I highly recommend Scarlet for no one will ever tire of the tale contained within its pages.