Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the book:
Though once a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest,” her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king. Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, will he choose fame or love?
I was looking forward to reading this book, but was unsure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the content! “The Ghosts” are more a family band of fugitives seek normal life while living under an oppressive king. In Robin Hood like story fashion, you can imagine everything from Shrek and Robin Hood coming to life. But this story is much more than that. It felt a little like I was missing some of the story, as the backstory was revealed very slowly. I wished it came out a little faster. This is written for young adults and so, lacks some of the depth of an adult novel. However, it will be of great appeal to young teens in it’s easy to read, flowing style. The story is clean, other than mentions of some of the punishments reserved for the criminals and temptations to kill. Even the “thefts” they leave money in their place, being honest “thieves” for a purpose. It is more an appearance of evil, than a truly evil action.
The romance, while there, is light, reminiscent of Melanie Dickerson’s novels in type of romance. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more from this new author. I hope to see Allan in an upcoming book! =)
This book was given to me for review by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.
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