REVIEWED by Christie
AUTHOR: Claudia Quint
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 40 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2017
Notthingham suffers under the ruthless enforcement of the Sheriff, who is determined to live up to his title and forget the difficult childhood that left him orphaned and destitute. Then a charismatic bandit named Robin Hood crashes through his bedroom window and leaves the Sheriff’s ordered world thoroughly shattered—and threatens to steal the Sheriff’s not so hardened heart.
Something you may have noticed about me, if you have read some of my previous reviews, is that I love a good modern day update on classic fairy tales and children’s stories. So, when I came across Claudia Quint’s Arrows Fletched With Peacock Feathers, I simply had to check it out. Tho not my style, it was an interesting take on the very famous and most beloved children’s story of Robin Hood.
The Sheriff of Nottingham grew up pretty rough, learning at a young age how to steal from someone in a large crowd in order to survive. After his alcoholic mother passed away, the Abbot took him into the monastery and raised him in the order, until being caught in an unholy tryst with another man. So, to cushion the blow of being cast out of the monastery, he was given the post of Sheriff. And the Sheriff did his job with great aplomb, until hearing one day of the man in the green hat aka Robin Hood. And thus started the Sheriff’s obsession with the famed bandit.
You may be asking “But wait, I thought Marian and Robin were childhood sweethearts-turned lovers?” Yes, my friend, that they were. And, they are in Arrows Fletched With Peacock Feathers as well. But, there’s nothing that says they wouldn’t welcome the Sheriff into their lives with open arms, right?
Here’s the thing with writing your own version of an extremely famous, well loved children’s story: People go into it with certain expectations, and judge it based on these preconceived notions. I am not saying that this short story was bad, per se. It is simply not my cup of tea. If I had not been such a massive fan of Robin Hood for essentially my entire life, I may have enjoyed Arrows Fletched With Peacock Feathers quite a bit more.