by Nathan Makaryk
Everyone is familiar with Robin Hood & his Band of Merry Men from all the literary & Hollywood treatments. He premise behind Nathan Makaryk’s Nottingham is an interesting take on the legend, but it eventually falls flat. The story start out with Robin of Locksley being the body double (really?) of Richard the Lionhearted during he beginning of the Third Crusade. He is sent to find a missing shipment of weapons destined for the war that everyone assumed was hijacked in England & didn’t get lost somewhere along the less than reliable transportation system of the 12th century. Robin finds that the weapons were accidentally hijacked in Sherwood Forest by the familiar characters who are actually peasants hiding from the law because they couldn’t pay their war taxes. The Lady Marion is running the show while playing politics, trying to make their lives better. Characters with no formal education quote Green philosophers. Peasants argue over the architecture of Nottingham Castle, when the term was not used until he 16th century. Everyone’s character is driven by a very jarring 21st century political outlook of their personal world, speak in 21st century vernacular, both of which are initially annoying, then ultimately kill the reader’s enjoyment. The author has very well develop characters but he badly misuses them in the overall story. Unfortunately a good story concept ruined by poor telling.