Well, nuts. I'm really disappointed by this book. It started out promisingly, with interesting characters, great historical detail, and some original takes on various characters from the Robin Hood legend. It begins with Alan Dale joining Robin Hood's band as a young teen, and at first I thought it was going to be a YA book. But things got adult pretty quickly. And the truth is, I will read a book with bad language in it, and I'll read a book with violence in it. I will even read books where characters have sex, as long as the sex isn't described in explicit, salacious detail. Sadly, this was too explicit for me to read in good conscience. I skimmed through the first objectionable scene and kept reading, hoping that would be the end of such stuff, but eventually I realized it wasn't, so I had to stop.
And I'm so disappointed that the author chose to include all that smut, because I was very invested in the characters and intrigued by the plot, and now I'll never get to find out how Donald resolved everything. Boo.
The good news is, I don't have this taking up space on my shelves anymore!
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: R. Explicit sex, very bad language, torture, violence, and pagan rituals. I absolutely do not recommend this book.