- Outlaw (novel)
Outlaw 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 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, 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". 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."
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." It was also accredited as the "Début of the month" by Lovereading for July 2009.
- ^ "Nottingham Sheriffs - Robin Hood Outlaw - robinhood Little John Loxley Barnsdale Sherwood Nottingham". Robinhoodloxley.net. http://www.robinhoodloxley.net/mycustompage0035.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
- ^ Wilson, Gareth (2009-07-23). "Falcata Times: HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: Outlaw - Angus Donald". Falcatatimes.blogspot.com. http://falcatatimes.blogspot.com/2009/07/historical-fiction-review-outlaw-angus.html. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
- ^ Justice, Faith L. (2011-03-31). "Book Review and Giveaway – "Outlaw" by Angus Donald « Historian's Notebook". Faithljustice.wordpress.com. http://faithljustice.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/review-outlaw/. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
- ^ Kane, Ben (2011-05-10). "Angus Donald – Outlaw". Benkane.net. http://www.benkane.net/tuesday-10th-may-angus-donald-outlaw/. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
- ^ "Outlaw by Angus Donald - Lovereading UK". Lovereading.co.uk. 2009-07-10. http://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/3453/Outlaw-by-Angus-Donald.html. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
Works by Angus Donald Outlaw Chronicles NovelsOutlaw (2009) · Holy Warrior (2010) · King's Man (2011)
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