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The Forest Queen: Book Review

The Forest Queen: Book Review

The Forest Queen

by Betsy Cornwell

Published August 7th 2018

RATING: ★★★½

3.5 out of 5 stars


When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.


Pages: 296

Publisher: Clarion Books

Series? As far as I know this book is a standalone.

MY REVIEW OF The Forest Queen:

Young Adult – Fantasy – Retellings

The Forest Queen

The Forest Queen is a fun retelling of Robin Hood, and I really enjoyed it.

I loved the lush descriptions of the forest. I also really enjoyed the different characters from the classic Robin Hood and how they were depicted in this retelling. The main character Sylvie aka The Forest Queen is Robin Hood. There is a character named Little Jane who is reminiscent of Little John, and a character named Mae Tuck who is replacing the character Fryer Tuck. This retelling does not have a Maid Marion.

I loved the female cast and how that in it of itself changed the playing field for the story.

There are definitely some problems with this book, but as a whole, as a young adult book it reads easily and I enjoyed the retelling.

I thought the writing style was a bit simple as a whole and more could have been done with the twist on the classic Robin Hood tale, but for what it was, it was still entertaining to read.

This book is suitable for younger readers (although, please read the warning below). There are no curse words or graphic material.

This book does have violence, attempted suicide and rape (not graphic).

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Sarah June

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