We continue with the latest enstallment in Mr Donald's retelling of the Robin Hood saga... through the eyes of Alan o'Dale or Alan of Westbury as he is known in this fictional setting.
The book is written as a memoire of Alan's written in his old age, this is like the others in the series, so the one thing you know whatever scrape Alan may be in he has to survive it or there is a major continuity blunder in store ;-)
Anyway these are good rattling, knightly rampaging romps. Robin and Alan are now back in England following their travels on the crusade with Richard the Lionheart of the previous book. However Prince John covetously is eyeing the throne of England and Richard is captured by some enemies he made on the crusade on his way back to good old Blighty. This is all historic fact but within the factual parts Angus weaves in the acts of Robin Odo, Lord of Locksley, the Robin Hood of the legends to come. He turns Alan into Blondel who is a legendary troubadour who allegedly did go to Germany to try and seek King Richard out whilst the King was being held for ransom. So a mix of historical fact and legend weaved in. It works well and is an easy read without being as totally absorbing as some are. I definitely enjoyed it enough to purchase the next instalment once released.