Daughter of Sherwood by Laura Strickland

Daughter of Sherwood (The Guardians of Sherwood, #1)Description From Amazon:

Raised in the kitchens of Nottingham Castle, Wren has no idea she is the daughter of the legendary Robin Hood until she is summoned to Sherwood Forest. Since Robin's death many years before, the resistance against Norman tyranny has been upheld by a magical triad, but now one of the guardians has died. With two young men, Sparrow and Martin, Wren must form a new triad with a bond strong enough to defend Sherwood's magic. To one of them, she will also give her heart.

From the moment Wren bursts into his life, Sparrow loves her. But he knows she may choose his lifelong rival, Martin, as her mate. Martin wants Wren also, but Sparrow fears Martin is driven not by love but by ambition. When Martin is captured and held at Nottingham Castle, will the conflict between love and duty destroy the triad?

My Review:

Overall, Daughter of Sherwood was an interesting tale, and I enjoyed it. The main character, Wren, seemed a little weak at times, but I suppose she would be uncertain of herself growing up as a kitchen slave. When she drew upon the power within her, the power of the forest, and those that came before her, she completed some very brave tasks. I felt like the love triangle portion was drawn out for too long making me think, "Choose already, and make me believe in your choice." Ultimately, when she made her decision absolute, I think Wren made the right one for the story, even after taking things a bit too far. Some elements of the plot, I couldn't quite come to terms with, even using magic as an excuse. Yes, a book including magic is expected to cross lines of reality. Without giving away too much information about the story, I had to question - if the magic was able to save a character in this story who had met their end, then why couldn't it have saved any of those who died before, like Robin Hood? That, I guess, I set aside as miraculous magic of unprecedented proportions. It didn't detract from the story enough to make it not enjoyable, in my opinion.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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