I picked this up at the library because, hey, who wouldn't want to read a story about Robin Hood having a daughter? The back told me that it was a story of a girl named Rosemary whose mother dies, so she cuts off her hair, dresses as a boy, calls herself Rowan, and sets off to find her famous father, whom she's never met. That sounded really fun, and I couldn't wait for her to have adventures with all the Robin Hood characters I love so well.
And that's sorta what I got, except only Robin Hood is in the story much, and the rest of his merry men only show up in a couple of scenes. Rowan/Rosemary is smart and courageous, but her mother was a "woodwife," basically a witch, and so is Rowan. Although there wasn't much "love your mother earth" sort of stuff, it had much more of a fantasy feel than I was expecting. So while this is an okay book, it wasn't what I was expecting, which left me a little disappointed. However, it was fast-paced and fun. And I believe this is the beginning of a series.
But I think I'll stick with the movie Princess of Thieves (2001) when I want stories about Robin Hood and his daughter.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for mentioning menstruation, developing breasts, and a girl being uncomfortable when a man urinates nearby (he thinks she's a boy).