Wednesday, November 28

Review: Lady Thief (Scarlet #2)

Lady Thief (Scarlet #2)
AC Gaughen

Published By: Walker
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Date Read: November 18, 2018
Genre: YA - Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.

"Don't let a few silly truths muddle up a good story."

I am such a huge fan of fairytale retellings. Some of my favourite novels and series are retellings. I remember reading the first book in this series, Scarlet, forever ago and I absolutely loved it. It was the first, and only, retelling of Robin Hood that I have read. I'm not entirely sure why I didn't continue it straight away but I finally picked up Lady Thief as part of my 'finish ongoing series challenge' and I am so very glad that I did. I really enjoyed Lady Thief and it cemented this series as one of my favourite retellings.

Lady Thief follows the story of Scarlet after her identity has been found out, that she is in fact noblewoman Lady Marion. Suddenly thrust into the light of a noble court Scarlet has to fake who she is once more in order to save her people and be with the one who truly has her heart, Robin Hood. But things will never be that easy for them and as Prince John comes to Nottingham things are about to get that much more dangerous.

Lady Thief was a little bit slower in pace than Scarlet was, in my opinion. This didn't take away any of my enjoyment of this book but it did take me a little bit longer to get through it. I am a firm believer in 'middle book syndrome' with trilogies and I think that's what this one suffered from a little. It was slower and putting pieces into place for the final book of the series. However, once you get past 50% it does pick up a lot and I found it difficult to put down from that moment.

Lady Thief is filled with secrets, lies and theft... I loved it. I loved getting back into the story with these incredible characters. I'm a big fan of the story of Robin Hood so naturally I would love a retelling of this particular tale. It was wrote with a fantastic narrative, helped by the incredible narrator of Scarlet. Once I got part way through I couldn't put the book down and I wasn't expected so many things that happened.

I loved Lady Thief. It was a fantastic follow-up to Scarlet, and I cannot wait to get started on the third and final book. The ending left me reeling and I am dying to find out what is going to happen. I highly recommend this incredible series. If you're a fan of retellings and in particular of Robin Hood this is definitely the series for you. I'll be jumping straight into Lion Heart. I applaud AC Gaughen so much of weaving such a perfect and beautiful tale. I can't wait to see what happens next.

"You can always fight for what you want. Always. People try to take that from you no matter your station, but you can always fight."


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