The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

The Forest Queen

When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.

Details The Forest Queen

TitleThe Forest Queen
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherClarion Books
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

Reviews The Forest Queen

  • Zoë
    CW: Suicide, sexual abuse, explicit killing of animalsI had high expectations going into this book as it is a lady Robin Hood retelling, which might be why it was a disappointment. I'm going to organize my thoughts into pros and cons as I'm having trouble eloquently explaining my issues with it. This might be for some readers, but it wasn't for me.Pros:- A slow burn friends-to-lovers romance- Description of nature- Seemingly accurate survival ski...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: August 7, 2018I love Robin Hoood and retellings, so I thought the main idea here was fun... but I wasn't too big on the story as a whole.Silviana is the daughter of Loughsley and her brother John is the cruel sheriff who tries to control her life. One day she escapes into the forest with her best friend Bird (Robert Falconer) where they meet up with Little Jane, a pregnant girl who's trying to kill herself. Their group ends up "rebe...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    I have a hard time forming a strong opinion on this one. It was just okay. Some parts were really interesting and others were not. Didn't love it; didn't hate it. I think I had a lot of really high expectations going into this, and it ended up being very different from what I anticipated. But I definitely think some people will really love it!
  • Alison
    I'm with all the other readers who say they were immediately on board with this story once they heard the words gender swapped Robin Hood retelling. And I wasn't disappointed. Honestly, I could have read the lush, lyrical descriptions of the forest for days. But what really stands out to me about The Forest Queen - and makes it a particularly important book for this time - is the idea that people (specifically women) can build their own forms of ...
  • Amber ☾♥
    So here's the thing--I did actually enjoy this story as a whole. It's hard not to feel semi-attached to a retelling of a story and re-imaginings of characters that you hold close to your heart--especially the ones you grew up with.My issues lie in a few specific place:1) The writing seemed a little too simply done for me. Yes, I'm fully aware this is a YA novel and I shouldn't be expecting literary genius. However, considering 95% of what I read ...
  • Daphne
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I have to admit I don't know a lot about Robin Hood, as I'm fairly sure I've only seen the Disney version back when I was a kid, but I had a general idea of what the story is about. I think I expected it to be more action-packed than it ended up being.There were a few things in this book that didn't quite work for me, and I think most of it has to do with the fact that to me, the writing feels young an...
  • Luca
    The Forest Queen is a retelling of Robin Hood in which Lady Silviana of Loughsley assumes the role of Robin Hood. Together with her friend Bird and others, she starts to rebel against her own brother John. John, who was recently made sheriff by the king is very harsh and cruel to his citizens. He raises the taxes they have to pay both to him, and to the king. If they do not pay or do not pay on time, the citizens will find out exactly how cruel ...
  • gem
    A gender-swapped retelling of Robin Hood... what more could you want?This book was fully immersive, and the cinematic descriptions really brought the story to life. I haven't read Mechinna, but didn't feel as if I was missing out on anything, and will now read this too.The characters were brilliant, there were some I loved, and some I loved to hate, but they all added to the plot. If you are a fan of fantasy with a twist, this is the book for you...
  • Erin Arkin
    The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell was a book that caught my eye when I was wandering around ALA and when I read the summary, I immediately added it to my to read shelf. I love a good re-telling and it’s the first one I’ve read that is a Robin Hood story. The Robin Hood in this story happens to be a sixteen-year-old girl named Silvie. When her brother, John, becomes the sheriff of Woodshire, she feels powerless to stop the abuse he heaps on t...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Somehow I missed the fact that this was a gender swap retelling of Robin Hood. I'm always a hit or a miss when it comes to retellings. This one I did find entertaining as a simplistic read for the young adult crowd. I did love the gender swaps too and it seemed almost one for one for each swap (almost).What I found most interesting is that while there wasn't a ton of layers or depth to the storyline or characters, the story did touch on some deep...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review3.5 stars rounded upGender bent Robin Hood? I was so in and I wasn’t disappointed. First of all if you’re looking for something with great historical context this probably isn’t for you. Likewise if you want magic and dragons. It’s a fantasy in that it’s a reimagining of several original folktales around the mythic Robin Hood. (I have to admit that my head cannon on Robin Hood a...
  • Melanie
    So I really did like this book! I think its different than others I have read and I kept finding myself wanting more. The main character of this book is amazingly written. I think she's so different from our typical heroine because she has her own fears to work through before she can help others. I think this part of her makes her so real and relatable to so many people.I did like this book but I didn't love it. There was something missing from t...
  • Sara
    I absolutely loved this book! It was fresh and original, despite being a re-telling. It really stood on it's own two feet and didn't feel like reading a re-telling of Robin Hood. It was a quick and easy read, as I read it in one afternoon, but it was highly entertaining and I loved the character development over the novel. Highly recommend.
  • Jackie
    So much love! I love it so! If you know me or follow my review you know that fairy tale retellings are my weakness, and of them all, Robin Hood is my favorite. I've been hoping for this book since MECHANICA, where there was only a whisper of The Forest Queen, before it even existed. I was thrilled to finally read it and friends, it's as good as you all hope. I love the forest and Silvi and just about everyone else in this book (except the obvious...
  • Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
    To me this plot sounded super promising. I love Robin Hood, and the idea of a retelling with switched gender roles is just incredibly fantastic. The story itself was fun to read, but I dunno I just couldn't love it. I do love the cover, super pretty! I am interested to see what other people think of this book. I haven't check any review yet, but I am wonder if people had the same annoyances that I did.There are so many characters, but none of the...
  • Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
    ARC provided by HMH Teen for an honest review TW: abuse, elder abuse, rape, and sexual harassment 5/5 stars This book was BEAUTIFUL. The story was so charming and lovely. I loved the themes throughout and I absolutely adore the characters. I really did not want to put this book down. I could have just sat and read it all day. It was lovely.More thoughts and a full review to come!
  • MsArdychan
    Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way.When I first picked up The Forest Queen, by Betsy Cornwall, I didn't know what to expect. Would this be a story of female empowerment? An adventure story? Would there be intrigue and romance? The answer is YES to all of it. I found this book to be fun, and moving. Once I started it, I co...
  • Jan farnworth
    This was a refreshing intriguing take on the legend of robin hood, we get robin hood as a female in this retelling that in no way takes away from the heart of the robin hood legend.  Which is take from the overly rich and give to the lowly poor.  The best part is that our Robin hood is a female who runs away from her rich life  and strives with all her heart to to the best she can for her merry men.  Their are some themes in this book that ma...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher/NetGalley*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations*Rating* 2.5-3*Thoughts*Betsy Cornwell's The Forest Queen is supposed to be the retelling of Robin Hood with a feminist angle. It's a story about how a corrupt, too-powerful leader and his inner circle thrive at the expense of the common people and how one girl fights for what's right and makes a difference. Lady Silviana of Loughsley chooses to make a s...
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  • Zoe Gardiner
    The Forest Queen is a book of rebelling for the right reasons. Its a book that gives hope to the little guys. Its a book that gives the feeling that things will always get better. Its a book that shows all different forms of love. If you cant tell already from my intro I really enjoyed this book and all it had to offer my ever starving brain. The main character is a lady of a noble house and has the benefits of all that comes with it. Until one d...
  • Ruth
    This gender-swapped Robin Hood tale is a satisfying peek into the backstory of the world of Mechanica, but can certainly be read and enjoyed by readers who haven't read the other two books in the series. I want to re-read this book before I write a more thorough review, since I flew through it in one night, but I can say with certainty that this book was wonderful. Betsy Cornwell's writing is thoughtful and rich, as always, and I quickly found my...
  • Mary Fulkerson
    A tribute to strong women. This novel had me laugh, sigh, smirk, and cry. Like a hot bowl of soup on the coldest winter day I tried to make the book last several days but could not put it down! A feminine twist on Robin Hood. Take a chance to believe on fairy tales again. It's worth the read.
  • Jaime
    The Forest Queen is a poor excuse for a Robin Hood retelling. For one, it lacks any Robin Hood essentials. No heists. No robberies and exciting getaway plans. No stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Every once and a while they steal food from Loughsley’s storehouses, but it isn’t quite the same. They never run into any trouble. No guards. No Sheriff. Nada. And they don’t really “give” to the poor. They give to themselves and a...
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**The Forest Queen is a young adult fantasy retelling by Betsy Cornwell. It is labeled as being book 0.5 in the Mechanica series. While I have not read Mechanica, I believe this is a standalone story that is set in the same world. Mechanica is a retelling of Cinderella but The Forest Queen is a female retelling of Robin Hood. I loved that Robin Hood was in fact our main...