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From the Archives: Books 55, 56, and 57: The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead

Books 55, 56, and 57: The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead
Verdict: An interesting new take on Robin Hood

This trilogy is a new take on the Robin Hood legends. Set in the Medieval era in England, it tells the story of Bran ap Brychan fighting to regain his usurped kingdom and protect the now oppressed people of his realm. The trilogy is comprised of the books, Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck

Hood is the first book and is written mostly from the perspective of Bran. The storyline covers the orgins of Bran's tale: how his throne is usurped; how he becomes an outlaw; and his first attempts to have his throne returned. It introduces most of the characters that are well known in the legends, Marian, Tuck (Aethelfrith), and Little John (known as Iwan). There are also narratives from other characters, as well as third person narrative when speaking of the invaders activities; a format that continues throughout the series.

Book two, Scarlet, is written from Will Scarlet's Point of view. Th…

From the Archives: Books 53 and 54: Two installments of the Sookie Stackhouse series

Book 53: "Dead Reckoning" (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris  Verdict: If you've read the others, why not read this?
"Dead Reckoning" is the latest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. The book before this was definitely not the strongest of the series, but Harris made a comeback with "Dead Reckoning". This book returned to what makes this series great. Some things that returned to this book include: action, mystery, old favorite characters, and new characters as well.  Among my favorite returns are Bubba and, of course, Eric. This book leaves you hanging on the edge for more, so beware, you'll be dying for the next book. All that being said, Harris really does need to end the series soon. I hope that she does so while the story-lines are still good, before it all gets old. I really don't want to see this series go on past its prime.
Book 54: "Deadlocked" (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris