The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.
Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.
Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Four and a half stars: A spectacular, action packed finale to a wonderful, must read series.
It has been weeks since Prince John abducted Scarlet. She is battered, bruised and starving, but not down and out. Prince John moves her from dungeon to dungeon to evade capture, until the day he has had enough and orders her killed. Luckily for Scarlet, she has hidden allies, and she manages to escape. Once free, Scarlet longs to return to Nottingham to see Robin, but she refuses to bring danger to those she loves, so she chooses to stay away. Once reunited with the Queen, Scarlet is given a difficult choice, she can escape Prince John and head to Ireland, or stay and fight Prince John for the country and protect those she loves. Will Scarlet choose freedom or fight for her heart?
What I Liked:
- It is always bittersweet to finish another series. One worries going in if it will deliver, and if you will be left satisfied. I needn't have worried as Lion Heart was a book that swept me away with its action and danger. Not to mention all of the emotion and the feels. In the end, I closed this book, pleased with the journey and satisfied with the series. I highly recommend The Scarlet Trilogy to those who love the Robin Hood legend but want a new twist.
- What drives this series is Scarlet. When we first met her back in book one, she was a young, ruffian posing as a boy in Robin Hood's band of Merry Men. She was callous and rough, but she had a big heart, not to mention she was incredibly fierce and brave. As the series progressed, Scarlet's secrets are exposed. We learn about her troubled past, and watch her suffer some heinous abuse. Even in the face of grave danger, she never backs down. Scarlet fights for those she loves, and she never shirks from a battle. Time and time again, she throws herself into the face of danger to protect others. She is the epitome of a kick butt heroine. You can't help but to admire her tenacity and courage. Scarlet is a heroine that I won't forget.
- This third book brings forth the troubles facing the people of England as Prince John tightens his fist, delivering pain and suffering wherever he goes. The people are struggling to make ends meets and then they are forced to pay an exorbitant tax to cover the ransom to bring King Richard home. Things are especially dire in Nottingham where Robin Hood and the remnants of the Merry Men are fighting to protect the shire and the people. I enjoyed watching the town folk work together to solve their problems, and I loved how they never gave up despite the horrendous circumstances.
- The romance truly finds its wings and takes flight in this book. Scarlet and Robin Hood are apart for a good portion of the book. Once they finally come back together, the romance sizzles. It is all about feels and emotion, stolen kisses and respect. I loved watching them together, and I thought the romance was outstanding. It is one that will make you feel and leave you breathless. Just perfect!
- The secondary characters shine in this one. I enjoyed meeting some new characters such as David and Margaret and seeing old friends shine. Much Miller grows leaps and bounds in this book, and I so loved how noble he was and kind. This book has a terrific cast of characters.
- Prince John is more cruel and ruthless than ever. Every time he appeared, I wanted to strangle him. He is every bit the tyrant you expect. I loved to hate him.
- The ending is fast and fierce, culminating with a battle scene and a final show down that left me cheering for more. Then the book ends a bit abruptly, but there is an author's note at the end that goes into detail about the research and the real life events that the book was inspired by. Even though I was left wanting more, I was pleased with the author's note at the end as it answered many of my questions.
And The Not So Much:
- As I mentioned, the book ends quickly, at a culminating point in the book. I was left wanting more. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more information on what happened when King Richard returned. I was also left wondering about the Queen, she isn't mentioned in the final notes. It just felt like the book ended in a spot with so much more story to tell.
- There is a wonderful secondary romance between one of the Lords and one of the Queen's Ladies in Waiting. I became invested in the blossoming relationship between Scarlet and this lady in waiting. I was cheering for the romance, and then there is a development and I was left wanting to know what happened to the couple. I needed more details.
- This is a niggling point, but it bothered me that Scarlet never read all of the letters. When Scarlet is reunited with one of Robin Hood's men, he delivers five letters to her from Robin Hood. Scarlet is afraid to read these letters, so she carries them around. She finally reads one, but not the others. I was itching to know what was in the other letters.
- I struggled a bit with the Queen's role. I can understand how difficult it would be to accept that one of her sons was a tyrant, but when faced again and again with the truth, she has a hard time acting. Why didn't she put him his place? Furthermore, what happened to her in that final scene? She was mentioned and then forgotten, and there is no further discussion of her fate in the author's note either.
Lionheart brings to a close a terrific historical series that takes the original tale of Robin Hood and provides it with a new twist. What if one of Robin Hood's merry men was actually a girl who had the ability to step up and help save the country? I loved the ferocious and brave Scarlet. The romance is lovely, and the action is top notch. If you are a fan of Robin Hood, this is a must read series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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