Robin Hood has been a popular character lately in film and television (BBC TV-series Robin Hood). Stephen Lawhead’s novel Hood, first book in the King Raven Trilogy, adds a new dimension to the Robin Hood legend. Set in the dense forests of Wales in 1093, during the Norman conquest of Britain, the story is filled with earthy atmosphere and adventure. After his father the king is killed by the Normans, Bran ap Byrchan is wounded and forced to flee for his life. He is healed by an ancient storyteller and reluctantly and gradually comes to realize that he must accept his role as leader and fight to save his displaced people and his land. Familiar characters make an appearance and are believable and interesting, and the many historical details and languages used bring this exciting and original story to life. The second and third titles in the trilogy are Scarlet and Tuck–the series is off to an thrilling start with Hood!!