Outlaw (novel)

Outlaw (novel)
Author(s) Angus Donald
Country England
Language English
Series Outlaw Chronicles
Genre(s) Historical Fiction
Publisher Little Brown
Publication date 10 July 2009
Media type Print
Pages 384
ISBN 9780751542080
Followed by Holy Warrior

Outlaw is the first novel of the five-part Outlaw Chronicles series by British writer of historical fiction, Angus Donald, released on 10 July 2009 through Little, Brown and Company. The début novel was relatively well received.



The plot centres around a character named Alan Dale, based on the historical Alan-a-Dale. When he's caught stealing by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sir Ralph Murdac; the possible actual sheriff of the time,[1] Alan flees into the company of Robin Hood, notorious and infamous outlaw.


The novel has been relatively well received by reviewers and authors alike. Gareth Wilson, of Falcata Times, stated that "The tale is not only well written but told with a freshness that has a sense of history injected as the tale clearly shows".[2] Author Faith L. Justice stated in her blog that she found Outlaw to be "fast-paced with well-developed characters, plot twists, and an exciting climax. I read the second half of the book straight through. It’s a well-told tale. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction and enjoys a different take on an old story.". Justice also felt, however, that she "didn't want to read about another selfish person being held up as a hero. I want a modern-day Robin Hood (or better yet thousands of Robin Hoods) to stand up to power and make things better. Donald’s mafia boss Robin didn’t do it for me."[3]

Conversely, fellow historical fiction author Ben Kane stated that "Outlaw is a thoroughly welcome addition to my bookshelf", describing Donald's depiction of 13th century England as "excellent, well researched and full of detail; so too are his gripping fight scenes. His torture scenes are excruciatingly well written – I found myself cringing at two of them in particular."[4] It was also accredited as the "Début of the month" by Lovereading for July 2009.[5]


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