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May 22, 2015

Shelley Loved It: Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen

Series: Scarlet 3
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Released: May 19, 2015
Source: NetGalley
Format: E-book | 348 pages
Genre: YA | Historical Retelling
Only the greatest loves can survive great danger. .

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape, she learns that King Richard's life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine needs Scarlet's help to free him. For a lifelong thief, this newfound allegiance to the crown-her family-is a strange feeling.

Scarlet knows that helping Eleanor will put her and those she loves back in Prince John's sights. Desperate not to risk anyone's life but her own, Scarlet formulates a plan to help save the king on her own.

But fate-and her heart-won't allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long. Even if Scarlet and Rob can together stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England, will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

"If you embrace who you are, you might find a great many tools at your disposal."

LION HEART is the final installment in the Scarlet trilogy by A.C. Gaughen. Scarlet has been held captive by the vile Prince John since the end of Lady Thief. John would love nothing more than to see her dead and forgotten about. He moves her around a lot, hoping to keep anyone with prying eyes from finding his prized possession while not letting his mother know the horrific things he's done to Scarlet, or his attempted coup while his brother Richard was captured on his way back from fighting the Crusades.

After escaping John's clutches with assistance from her new Knight David, and a reunion with Allan a Dale, Scarlet is forced to choose the path she thinks is correct for her and Robin's future. By returning home to Rob, she paints the perfect target on his head and those she's come to think of as family. She's lost so much to John already, that it's almost easy to run away. If she does run away and hide, Robin becomes less of a threat with everyone thinking that she's dead. But, now that she's been pardoned, and given Nottinghamshire by King Richard, can she really turn her back on Rob and John's machinations? Scarlet eventually finds her way back to Nottinghamshire where things aren't exactly calm, and nearly everyone lost hope that she was actually alive. 

If you've read the Scarlet Trilogy from the start, you know that Scarlet has gone through the most of any character in the series. She's been put into highly emotional situations where she's been challenged both mentally and physically. She's gone from being Wil Scarlet, thief, to Lady Marion of Nottinghamshire, the thorn in Prince John's side, the love of Robin's life, and the protector of the innocent. Scarlet has more than proven herself over and over again, and she is just as capable as Robin in leading the Merry Men into keeping Prince John in check. 

The most curious storyline in LION HEART happens between Scarlet, and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor is the real life historical figure who was Queen of France, and participated in the Second Crusade. Later, when Richard was captured, she personally negotiated his ransom by going to Germany. Scarlet and Eleanor form a pretty interesting relationship, one that puts them both on the other side of John's determination to take over Richards's crown. Eleanor really becomes a strong ally to Scarlet, and even stands up for Scarlet and Robin as they plan to marry in Richard's absence.

Scarlet Trilogy yet another series where the author, A.C. Gaughen, takes a historical figure and asks What if questions. What if Scarlet, aka Maid Marian, aka Marian Fitzwalter really was the figure behind the legendary Robin Hood aka Robin of Locksley? What if Marian really was such an inspirational figure that men adored her, and feared her, including Prince John Lackland? I'd like to believe that Marian was an actual person. I'd like to believe that people will look at this series not just as a love affair between Robin and Marian, but in the way that Marian rises to the top after everything she's been put through. She is the true LION HEART of this story. 


**I received this book for free from (Bloomsbury USA Children's) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**



     



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28 comments:

  1. Might have to give these a go, sounds interesting! Good review :)

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  2. These books are on my wish list and I can't wait to get them. Binge reading them is in order! Great review!

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  3. I have seen several positive reviews for this 3rd in series. It is good to know that a series can keep delivering. I have had Scarlet in my reader for too long. I have to read it. It is kind of nice to come into a series a little late though. I like to read the books close together.

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    1. Yes, Suzy, read it! Hope you enjoy it!

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  4. Apparently, I'm the only person in the Universe that hasn't read this series, and I feel bad about it. Your review isn't the first one to glow :) Must rectify things!

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    1. Yay! I hope you get to read this series soon, Ramona!

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  5. You know, I've been following the reviews somewhat for this series and this book in particular, and I think you're the first one to mentioned the storyline of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Scarlet - and now I'm sold! She's pretty kick-butt in her own right. Thanks for the wonderful review - this is definitely going on my binge series read list :)

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    1. My pleasure! Hope you get to read the series soon!

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  6. I like fairy tale type stories and I haven't read many of them. This sounds interesting and it's a new to me author.

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    1. Sometimes, just sometimes, authors get retellings right. This definitely was done right.

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  7. I've been interested in this series since Scarlet released. I'm glad the author did such a good job with strong, historical figures/heroines. I'll have to give these a go.

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    1. Awesome! Let me know what you think!

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  8. I've seen this series around a few times, I think I even have the first book on my to-read list. It certainly sounds like Scarlet goes through a lot in this series, she seems a likable character. Great review!

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  9. Glad you love this series–I have SCARLET on my shelf but haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve also met AC Gaughen and she’s absolutely lovely :D Great review!!

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  10. I've had this series on the list for a while and your wonderful review makes me realize that I've been missing out by not getting busy and reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Sophia! That means a lot to me.

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  11. Oj now I realize what series it's part of. I heard great things about it and it's a great news that it's still good like that, I'm always so anxious.

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    1. Definitely hope you get a chance to read the series.

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  12. Lovely review Shelley, great to see that Scarlet goes through so much character development and it thoroughly makes you invested in her character! Having a historical figure would be interesting to weave into the story too.

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    1. Thank you, Jeann! I appreciate you checking out my review :)

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  13. I have Scarlet and really need to start this series. It sound soooo good!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. It's a fun series, and I hope you get a chance to read it!

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