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
Author
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherClarion Books
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult
Rating

Reviews The Forest Queen

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Luca
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • J.A. Ironside
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
    1970-01-01
    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)
    1970-01-01
    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!www.livthebooknerd.blogspot.com
  • Alison
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Jan farnworth
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Erin Arkin
    1970-01-01
    Review to come.
  • Jackie
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Ruth
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    In this well told revisionist Robin Hood, Lady Silviana of Loughsley is entreated by her best friend Bird to run away from her cruel brother John, the sheriff appointed by the king. At sixteen, Lady Silviana is a bit naive about the lives of the common folk, but she is motvated to flee when her brother offers her in marriage to an older nobleman. Once she escapes to the forest with Bird and Little Jane, a pregnant peasant girl, she begins to real...
  • Zoe Gardiner
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Atasteforbooks (M)
    1970-01-01
    ARC provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for an honest review.A gender-bent Robin Hood retelling?! I was immediately sold by the premise and enjoyed reading this fun story about a young Lady (in the Noble sense) who has to face the harsh truths of her privileged life. However, there were some things I found problematic about the plot and character development that took away from my enjoyment of the story. Most detailed review to foll...
  • thebookiv
    1970-01-01
    Simple story, really. It goes down as a light, fluffy read, though there was some challenging content implied. It was a bit flat and uninspiring, even for a gender bent retelling. Not a necessary read by any standard.
  • M.
    1970-01-01
    Sylvianna (aka Sylvie), a nobleman's daughter, suffers under her cruel brother John's rule. When a certain event forces her to look at how her brother has been abusing the village folk, Sylvie runs away to the woods with her best friend Bird. One by one, the villagers join Sylvie and Bird and they soon begin to strike back and fight for justice.First off, the writing. It was very simple and straightforward but just felt a bit...juvenile for me. I...
  • thebookiv
    1970-01-01
    Simple story, really. It goes down as a light, fluffy read, though there was some challenging content implied. It was a bit flat and uninspiring, even for a gender bent retelling. Not a necessary read by any standard.
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    1970-01-01
    Cornwell, Betsy Forest Queen, 304 pages. Clarion (Houghton), AUG 2018. $18. Language: G; Mature Content: PG (implied rape); Violence: PG (some fighting).Silvie has lives in the Loughsley mansion with her father and her older brother John all of her life, but her best friend is Bird, the son of the huntmistress and the pair run wild through the woods as often as they can. Now that Silvie is older and her brother is taking over running everything, ...
  • Jamie (ReadsInTrees) Dacyczyn
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. A fairly decent gender-bending retelling if the Robin Hood fable. Unlike a lot of historical/fantasy books being released for teens these days, the writing and romantic elements in this book didn't make me roll my eyes in exasperation. Give me a childhood sweetheart over an insta-love any day. So, I didn't love this, but I didn't hate it. At times the story felt a bit simplistic and I wished there were more character development. Not a...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    ARC provided by the publisher, HMH, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 for The Forest Queen! Like I've mentioned before, retellings can always be a little hit or miss for me, and while I did have some issues with this book, it was definitely a hit! A gender-bent Robin Hood? Sign me up! I was not disappointed. WHAT I LOVED:-This retelling was so well done! And with a gender twist to boot. Every major character in Robin Hood was ...
  • MsArdychan
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
    1970-01-01
    Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*This was short and cute. I liked the characters and the story. The writing style wasn't my favorite. I had to re-read paragraphs a few times because they skipped around so much. There was even one character (minor character) at the end, and Sylvie was wondering where she was. We never get to know what happened to this girl. Not a plot ...
  • Cheryl
    1970-01-01
    I was excited to check out this book. The reimagined concept of Robin Hood with a gender reversal role was a thrilling thought. That is exactly what should have happened is "thrills". However, this book barely got afloat. None of the characters were that interesting. Yeah, I could keep them straight and knew who was who only because of the roles they portrayed but if this had been a regular story not reimagined; I would have not remembered any of...