The release date of Knight of Sherwood is almost here. By the time of release, it will have been nine months since Heir of Locksley came out. It’s hard to believe. The time’s just flown.
Every book an author writes is an individual experience. For me, Knight of Sherwood was perhaps the hardest book I’ve ever written. It was rewritten from scratch at least three times. I had believed it would be the easiest book in the series, as it deals with the period of Robin Hood’s life that most people are familiar with, but that in fact presented the hardest challenge. How to find the balance between staying true to the legend and not simply retelling the story that anyone who knew anything about Robin Hood would be familiar with. I’ve been overwhelmed by some of the reviews I’ve had of Heir of Locksley, and I only hope Knight of Sherwood will live up to everyone’s expectations.
So, what can readers expect from this, the second book in the outlaw’s legacy series?
Firstly of course, Robin is older. Knight of Sherwood takes place four years after the conclusion of Air of Locksley. Robin has been at war in the holy land, and naturally his experiences have changed him. He’s in a dark place, literally as well as metaphorically. I have had some criticisms from readers who felt that the LGBT themes in Heir of Locksley were not very strong. It seems people who were embarking on the novel expecting an epic, steamy romance were disappointed. I would point out that this is a series, and for everything to happen in the first book would mean there would be no point in writing the others. Without wanting to give anything away, I can say that for those readers who are interested in the LGBT aspect of the series, it is addressed more strongly in this book. Robin is struggling to come to terms with both his past and his feelings. With this series, I wanted to tell the Robin Hood story, but also to address the modern issues that people face when it comes to their sexuality.
There will of course be plenty of adventure and swashbuckling fight scenes for those of you who love a good historical yarn. Those of you who are familiar with the Robin Hood legend, I hope you will enjoy what I’ve done with the story. Anyone who is a first-timer, I hope you, too, will enjoy it.
Knight of Sherwood is now available to preorder direct from the publisher. You can find the links on the outlaw’s legacy page of the website. As soon as it becomes available from other retailers, the links will be added.
I’m currently at work on the third book of the series, Earl of Huntingdon. The draft of the novel has been completed, and I’m now in the editing phase. I look forward to sharing this series with all of you, and I would like to thank my readers for the positive comments I’ve had over this past year. It’s always nice to hear from you, so if you enjoy my work, please feel free to get in touch via the contact page on the website, or through social media (again, see the welcome page on the website).