Cabbages & Kings by Morgan Sheppard

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Hero. Honourable Thief. Lovable Rogue. Scoundrel. Blackguard.

Everyone’s heard of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, with big, bad Sheriff of Nottingham and evil Prince John trying their best to thwart Robin at every turn. But what if things were different to what you’ve been told? What if Robin wasn’t as altruistic as history portrayed?

In the late spring of 1198, the hamlet of Girton is razed to the ground. Newly married eighteen-year-old Will Scathlock and sixteen-year-old Alana move to the larger village of Blidworth to start their lives anew. In his new job as a forester for the Royal Palace of Clipstone, known to the locals as King’s Houses, Will hears tales of a good thief, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. But in her role as Seamstress for the Manor House, Alana hears a different story.

Find out what it was like for the peasant folk Robin was supposed to be helping, before his well-known adventures in Nottingham. Meet Alana Dale and read her story of what it was really like, and how it all began.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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What a fantastically heartwarming story!

Alana and Will have just married after their life is turned upside down and they are forced to grow up rather quickly. Will finds himself a job in Blidworth working as the forester for Lady Cecily. They are met with challenges as well as friends that become family a fantastically written book with lots of character.

I found this book enthralling from start to finish. A different side to Robin Hood and his crew but a fun story in the process. There were battles but nothing too harsh. I found as I read everything just flowed there was no getting confused as to who was doing what with whom and where. I could not put it down from start to finish I was interested in what the characters were doing on their journeys in life.

A lovely read highly recommended 5/5

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Originally from the United Kingdom, Morgan Sheppard now resides in Germany, although she freely admits to having left part of her heart in Wales.

Whilst a writer of fantasy, Morgan is more than happy to share her love of reading amongst the many different genres out there, and can always be found with a book close by.

As well as reading and writing, Morgan spends her time looking after her family and trying to learn German. Unfortunately, a natural aptitude for languages doesn’t appear to be one of her strong points. However, stubbornness is, so she continues to persevere. So far, Morgan is confident enough to order a beer and a pretzel.

You can also email her at to receive a #FREE copy of Marella, the book that started the World of Wraidd Elfennol series.

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