Following Shadows of Sherwood (2015), this second book in the series finds black, braided Robyn Loxley continuing her life as a 12-year-old outlaw who has to fend for herself while protecting her home, Nott City, against the strict rule of the wicked dictator, Gov. Ignomus Crown.
Her popularity grows with the citizens of Nott City, as do the schemes she and her group of friends are brewing. All this while trying to keep focused on her ultimate goal of rescuing her parents from the governor’s castle and fulfilling her destiny as foretold by moon lore. But Crown wishes to see a swift end to Robyn’s rebellion. He increases the reward for her capture and heightens security so that Robyn now must come up with new ways to execute heists without getting caught. Will Robyn be able to put trust in her team of friends to get the job done? And will she be able to keep the balance between her own selfish desires and the goals of the rebellion? All her elements now in place, Magoon is able to dive into the plot and test her protagonist, crafting a swift, satisfying read. Not just a retelling, this both honors its legendary origins and is very much its own adventure.
A fast-paced, futuristic adventure tale that will have readers feeling as though they’ve been on a physical and emotional roller coaster. (Adventure. 8-12)