Hey all, it’s Sarah!
Ask and you shall receive. I have been impatiently waiting for Netgalley to approve my request for this novel and it happened! In an earlier post, I brought up my thoughts about a conspiracy theory surrounding this book. After reading it, I still don’t have a clear answer. Any Rosemary Clement-Moore fans out there? What are your thoughts about Kara Connolly and Clement-Moore being the same person?
Ellie is an Olympic archer and has traveled to England to compete for the gold medal. She thinks the stress is starting to get to her because she keeps seeing a man from the middle ages running around modern day England. Ellie follows the trail past a local monument for Robin Hood and into the ruins of a castle. Soon Ellie realizes that she has been transported back in time to the Middle Ages. She finds herself traveling through Nottingham and the Sherwood Forest. After angering the Sheriff of Nottingham, she is taken in by a Templar Knight, James, and his companion, Much. Together they seek shelter in a local church with the sisters Marian. Ellie learns quickly that what passes for justice around these parts at this time isn’t justice at all. She uses her archery skills to steal from the rich and give to the poor. While helping those of the past, Ellie is trying to make it back home before she completely changes the future or dies. The compelling vigilante hero, iconic cast of characters, and witty repartee keeps readers engaged throughout.
This didn’t read like a typical Rosemary Clement-Moore book (kinda), so I could see how this could have been written by another person. However, Ellie, a strong, intelligent, independent character is reminiscent of the characters fans have come to know and love in Clement-Moore’s books. I enjoyed the characters in this novel, both the iconic characters I am familiar and the ones I wasn’t. I kinda wish there were images of the characters, so that I could drool over Sir James and Guilbert. I love and root for both of these characters equally. The pages popped more when James, Guilbert and Ellie showed up together on a page. The lost older brother storyline could have been more developed, its presence seemed almost irrelevant, but I enjoyed it and wished there was more. If this turned into a series, I would certainly continue to travel with these characters.