Book One of The Wode
The Hooded One. The one to breathe the dark and light and dusk between….
When an old druid foresees this harbinger of chaos, he also sees whom it will claim: young Rob of Loxley. Rob's mother and father, a yeoman forester and a wisewoman, have raised Rob and his sister, Marion, under a solemn duty: to take their parents' places in the Old Religion as the manifestations of the Horned Lord and the Lady Huntress.
But when Gamelyn Boundys, son of a powerful nobleman, is injured in the forest, he and Rob begin a friendship that challenges both duty and ideology: Gamelyn is a devout follower of the Catholic Church. Rob understands the divide between peasant and noble all too well. And the old druid has foreseen that Gamelyn is destined to be Rob's sworn enemy—to fight in a blood sacrifice for the greenwode's Maiden.
In a risky bid for happiness, Rob dares the Horned Lord to reinterpret the ancient rites—to allow Rob to take Gamelyn as a lover instead of a rival. But in the eyes of Gamelyn's church, lust is a sin—and sodomy is unthinkable.
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The most powerful book I've read in years.
As I'm blind, audio is my main reading format. A good narrator always helps, and this guy was great.
I can't answer that without spoiling the plot, but the whole story was full of emotion from beginning to end.
This book is beautifully written, combining great characters with fantasy and a historical setting. It harps back to the more fantastical routs of the Robin Hood legend rather than focusing on the more realistic side of medieval life. That said, the author brings across the pagon culture and religion perfectly and it's always believable. This is a story of passion and prejudice and I couldn't put it down.
Disappointing doesn't cover it
This book would appeal to homosexuals who admire the writing style of the late Barbara Cartland.
A book that is neither written by J Tulios Hennig nor narrated by Ross Pendleton
Any narrator well enough informed on English dialects not to play the residents of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire with a Scots accent.
The scene beginning at the top of page one and ending at the bottom of the last page
I think I hafve said enough
- I F Jentle