Monday, May 18, 2009

May CSFF Tour: Tuck by Stephen Lawhead

Here is my review of this wonderfully refreshing look at the Robin Hood legend:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Stephen Lawhead and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Tuck" to review for them for a previous blog tour. I have always been grateful for this generosity, but haven’t been very consistent in taking the time to thank them in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

It is sometimes difficult to create a review of the final book in a trilogy. However, “Tuck” by Stephen R. Lawhead, is easily read as a standalone novel. I imagine that the first two novels in this series (“Hood” and “Scarlet” - focusing on the Robin Hood and Will Scarlet characters) are also very capable of standing on their own. I have been a fan of medieval stories, and Robin Hood in particular, since I was a child. To experience Friar Tuck, the “holiest” of Robin’s Merry Men, in a new way is not only refreshing and educational, it will forever color how I see Friar Tuck in the future as I revisit old books and films. Thank you, Stephen Lawhead, for adding dimension and depth to a wonderful character that has become one of my favorites because of your effort.

When I first noticed the pronunciation guide at the start of the book, I became wary of beginning this novel. But I was thoroughly impressed with Stephen Lawhead’s ability to create a medieval flavor without the confusing language. Then, when I read the poems at the beginning of each section, I saw the usefulness of the pronunciation guide, and really enjoyed reading these tomes aloud to enhance my reading experience and add credibility to the setting.

From the lovely maps on the inside covers to the elegant header font and page numbers to the suspenseful story of Friar Tuck that is told within the pages, this novel is a class act!

Please visit these other Blog Tour Participant websites:

Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Keanan Brand
Rachel Briard
Grace Bridges
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Terri Main
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Caleb Newell
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Robert Treskillard
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

1 comment:

crisjesse said...

A class act for sure!