The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke
Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 17th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin's Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin's Rebels who get the attention of the king. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn't realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin's Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin's Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?
My Review: 3 Stars
Good versus evil is the story for many people and in this book, two different groups are fighting for the same reason. As I read this book, I felt that I was sitting at the knee of a beloved grandparent, hearing the tale from his or her mouth. While this is an interesting way to hear the events, I enjoy it better when I feel like I'm the main character's best friend and confidante or a fly on the wall, actually seeing the story unfold right there with the characters. In short, there is much more telling than showing and I couldn't engage as much as I would have liked to.
That aside, there is some suspense and action, as these characters struggle to free themselves and their followers from a ruler who has them all under his thumb. I love the strength of Daniel and Robin, and especially the message that women can do hard things too, and every bit as well as men. And Daniel accepts that!
The romance is very mild and gradual. Although the sparks are lacking, it comes across as genuine and lasting. This story is pleasant and light, entertaining but not intense, and good for those who enjoy a gentle read.
Content: mild language; mild violence; mild romance
*I received a copy to review, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*