Friday 30 August 2019

Early Review: Brightfall by Jamie Lee Moyer

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2019 by Jo Fletcher Books
Historical fantasy
I got this in exchange for an honest review

I can't believe I am saying this, but Robin was such an asshat! Ugh, I wanted to kick him in the nuts! But luckily this is not his book.

It is not your usual kind of Robin Hood. There is magic, dragons and Fae. But the Church is winning ground, men are turning to logic and magic is dying and will be forgotten. So maybe this is what really happened then.

Marian is a witch, she lives with her twins in Sherwood since Robin annulled their marriage 12 years ago and went to live in a monastery. Luckily she does have Will who came into her life more and more to help out. Grr Robin! Asshat! And I liked this Marian, sure she had Will, but she does not need a man, she does fine on her own. She is strong, she knows her craft and she takes no bs.

But someone is killing the merry men and Tuck asks Marian to investigate as dark magic is a foot.

The Fae show up, I liked it without saying more, there was a fool that amused me.

Robin is being more asshattery than usual (swift nutkick). He was a zealot.

Dark magic, death, Fae, a dragon! Two new nice sidekicks too, without saying more.

I enjoyed this continuation of the story you thought you new. As the story progressed I did understand why Robin turned into a zealot too, still, I can not forgive him. All I wanted was Marian's happiness and that I got.

It's been a mostly quiet life since Robin Hood denounced Marian, his pregnant wife, and his former life and retreated to a monastery to repent his sins . . . although no one knows what he did that was so heinous he would leave behind Sherwood Forest and those he loved most.

But when friends from their outlaw days start dying, Father Tuck, now the Abbott of St. Mary's, suspects a curse and begs Marian to use her magic to break it. A grieving Marian bargains for protection for her children before she sets out with a soldier who's lost his faith, a trickster Fey lord and a sullen Robin Hood, angry at being drawn back into the real world.

Marian soon finds herself enmeshed in a maze of betrayals, tangled relationships and a vicious struggle for the Fey throne . . . and if she can't find and stop the spell-caster, no protection in Sherwood Forest will be enough to save her children.


  1. Hmmm... sounds like a great idea, but I don't know if I could enjoy so much asshatery from Robin! haha.

  2. Wow this is a different take on Robin Hood. What a jerk, leaving Marion with twins!

  3. Ooh interesting, i'm intrigued thanks Blodeuedd

  4. Oh man. I'm a huge fan of Robinhood retellings. Sadly, I haven't read too many of them. I'd like to try this one.

  5. Sounds fascinating but absolutely no to a zealot.

  6. Sweet, a Robin Hood inspired book? I don't even care all that much if Robin is an asshat, I do kinda want to read this, lol :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Slap him and move on. Ugh what a man. I am glad there were better men around her

  7. Sounds good.

  8. That first paragraph lol. Robin DOES sound like an ass. and ooh fae and stuff in a Robin Hood tale. Nice.

  9. This sounds interesting. I like new takes on familiar stories but Robin does sound like a jerk!



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