Book Tuesday: ARC – Lion Heart

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Title: Lion Heart (Scarlet #3)
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical, Retelling
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Pages: 348
Buy:Amazon

Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

**Spoilers for Book 1 and 2**

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince’s clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

This book.  This trilogy!!

Lion Heart picks up a few months after the events of Lady Thief.  Scarlet has been imprisoned for months at various castle dungeons throughout England.  Prince John is determined to have her killed but after a thwarted murder attempt, she is able to escape with the help from her loyal guard, David, and eventually meets up with Alan A Dale who lends her aid.  Scarlet discovers a treasonous plot by Prince John and Eleanor beseeches her help along with Rob to thwart him.  In order to do that however, Scarlet must embrace who she really is and decide if she is a noble, a thief, or a princess.

I have always had a love affair with Robin Hood.  The romance of the legend has fascinated me for years.  From Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to the BBC TV series I watched when I was in London (just watch the first season and a half–it goes downhill from there).  To actually making the pilgrimage to Nottingham when I was living in London.  I was in Robin Hood heaven while I was there.

“Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and Friar Tuck with Hounds fighting Guy of Gisborne’s men”

“Robin Hood and Little John fighting on a bridge”

“King Richard the Lion Heart joining the hands of Maid Marian and Robin Hood”


(^Nottingham Castle today.  The original medieval one has since burned down.)

 


(^The caves and tunnels underneath the castle that you can tour!)

This is a fantastic retelling of the legend we’ve come to know so well.  The first book really establishes the characters and what they want.  The second book is probably my favorite out of the trilogy even though it SLAYED me.  This was a great conclusion to Scarlet’s journey.

Scarlet has suffered a lot in her life.  She’s the first to tell you she’s not afraid of pain.  She does fear losing people she loves and you really see her struggle with decisions that could impact them throughout the novel.  The one strength that A.C. Gaughen points out with her is Scarlet’s ability to never give up and, while that is definitely one of her many attributes, I would argue it’s her empathy.  Her empathy and love for her people and those of England really drive her throughout the series.

The plot moved well and there are some events that I won’t discuss because spoilers, but trust me; you’ll be happy.  The only issue I had with this book was the fact that the ending seemed a bit abrupt.  I would have liked to have seen a bit of an epilogue or something to tell us more of what happened after the climax.

Other than that, this book was a great conclusion to a fantastic series.

tony5

 

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