Monday, April 6, 2009


I finally finished the third book in the King Raven Trilogy, "Tuck," by Stephen Lawhead. Good thing as it is due back to the library today. That should tell you something. I never take 14 days to read a book. Yes, I've been busy, but I'm definitely one to put off doing chores so I can curl up in a chair and read.

The story basically runs out of steam. The book is well written, it has a decent plot, but it doesn't grab you by the throat. Maybe it is Lawhead's choice to tell the story through Friar Tuck's eyes. I think Lawhead should have chosen Merien as the final 'voice' for the trilogy.

Lawhead does a nice job of showing how an out-numbered and out-weaponed group of rebels can take down an king's army at the end. Plus, he includes a nice summary of the battle at Agincourt to demonstrate just how lethal the Welsh longbow is in battle. Which if you are interested in learning more about, pick up Bernard Cornwells's series about an archer during that time the moment the title eludes me.

Overall, I'd recommend the King Raven series, the first two books were excellent and while the third was good, it didn't blow my socks off. Two out of three isn't half bad!

1 comment:

Kim Smith said...

Just popping in to say hi. I hope my schedule will slow some now. I am all caught up from being off last week and really want to do some writing but it isnt quite there yet.