Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
Source: E-Galley, My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Younger Teens
Will Shackley is the son of a lord, and though just thirteen, he’s led a charmed, protected life and is the heir to Shackley House, while his father is away on the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart.
But with King Richard’s absence, the winds of treason are blowing across England, and soon Shackley House becomes caught up in a dangerous power struggle that drives Will out of the only home he’s ever known. Alone, he flees into the dangerous Sherwood Forest, where he joins an elusive gang of bandits readers will immediately recognize.
How Will helps a drunkard named Rob become one of the most feared and revered criminals in history is a swashbuckling ride perfect for anyone who loves heroes, villains, and adventure.
Well, I was expecting werewolves and action. I got no werewolves and very little action. Will in Scarlet featured medieval politics a bit too much for my liking, but I think that it would be good for children who might become Game of Thrones readers as adults. Biggest disappointment: no Maid Marian. Some parts moved extremely slowly (but that might have been my aversion to medieval politics) which surprised me because children and teen books usually move quickly. Others flew by. Overall, it was ok - definitely not one of my favorites. However, I would recommend it to someone looking for something in this genre.