The King’s Assassin is the seventh book in the series The Outlaw Chronicles written by Angus Donald. This historical fiction novel follows the adventures of Robin Hood, a legendary outlaw who fights against injustice and tyranny during the reign of King Richard I of England.
Set in the 12th century, the story begins with Robin Hood, also known as Alan Dale, returning to England after spending several years in the Holy Land. He finds himself caught up in a web of political intrigue and power struggles as King Richard I is held captive in Germany, and his younger brother John Lackland plots to seize the throne.
Robin Hood becomes entangled in a dangerous mission when he is approached by William de Ferrers, a powerful nobleman who wants him to assassinate King John. Initially reluctant, Robin eventually agrees to carry out the task, driven by his desire to protect England from John’s tyrannical rule.
As Robin embarks on his mission, he faces numerous challenges and encounters various historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Mother of England, and William Marshal, a renowned knight. Alongside his loyal band of outlaws, including Little John and Will Scarlet, Robin navigates through treacherous landscapes and engages in thrilling battles.
Throughout the book, Angus Donald skillfully weaves together historical events with fictional elements, creating a captivating narrative that explores themes of loyalty, honor, and sacrifice. The King’s Assassin delves into the complexities of medieval politics and portrays the harsh realities of life during this tumultuous period.
Donald’s writing style is immersive and vivid, transporting readers back in time to experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of medieval England. The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, each with their own motivations and flaws. Robin Hood is portrayed as a complex protagonist who grapples with his own demons while striving to do what he believes is right for his country.
The King’s Assassin is a thrilling and action-packed novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. It combines historical accuracy with fictional storytelling, offering a unique perspective on the Robin Hood legend. Angus Donald’s meticulous research and attention to detail make this book an engaging read for fans of historical fiction and adventure.
The King’s Assassin
- Narrated by: Mike Rogers
King John’s rule is plotting to reclaim his ancestral lands in Europe, raising funds for a new army by sucking the blood of arid peasants and aristocrats, especially Earl Locksley – Robin Hood was formerly outlawed – and his loyalist, Sir Alan Dale.
As rebellion breaks out across the country and Robin Hood and his men are drawn into war against the French in Flanders, a plan is hatched that will bring the former outlaws and their families together. to the brink of disaster – a plan to kill the King.
The roar of the English revolution erupts into bloody civil war and Alan and Robin must decide who to trust – and who to slaughter. And while the Magna Carta may be the answer to their prayers for peace, they will first have to force the King to submit to the will of his people….
I have read every book in the Outlaw series and have witnessed improvement in each book. Character development and plot development were superb. Overall storytelling was extremely good. Battle scene narrative is approaching the undisputed master, Bernard Cornwell, high praise indeed. Kudos to Donald and the narrator. I can sum it all up in one word – WOW.
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