2016 Release: Heir of Locksley by N.B. Dixon

Title: Heir of Locksley (Outlaw's Legacy #1)
Author: N.B. Dixon
Language: English
Published: 1st December, 2016
Publisher: Beaten Track
ISBN: Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78645-080-7
eBook ISBN: 978-1-78645-081-4
Category: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, History, Romance and Relationships, Adventure

Robin of Locksley is a rebel, more comfortable roaming Sherwood Forest with his longbow and courting the village girls than learning how to run a manor.

An innocent flirtation with a peasant girl soon lands Robin in trouble, and worse, he finds himself inexplicably attracted to Will Scathelock, his best friend since childhood. Robin must decide whether to follow the rules of society or his own conscience.

Meanwhile, his neighbour, Guy of Gisborne, is anxious to get his hands on the Locksley estate and he will do anything to make it happen - even murder.

I hadn't realised until I read Heir of Locksley that I have a bit of a soft spot for historical semi-fiction. OK, I know Robin Hood is legend, and the research indicates there may have been a Robin of Locksley, but whether he robbed to the rich to give to the poor is arguable.

Whether Robin existed or not is by the by. What is true is that N.B. Dixon put a great deal of work into researching the legend in order to create this impressive retelling of Robin's story, and in so doing acknowledged that it is entirely plausible (and probable) Robin was not heterosexual.

Fair warning: this novel is NOT MM romance, but it is only book one of a four-part series and there will be developments between Robin and Will. I won't say more than that (the information is available on the author's website - nbdixonauthor.com - if you want to know more).

I've discussed the genre with the author, because to me, this is very much an older YA story, and it's the kind that I think will 'grow up' with its readers. The series follow Robin through his life, so it's one to read in order (for those who come across this review after the other books are published).

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