“A good brawl and a hostage,” Tata Natasha said with approval. “That is good for the digestion. Tonight, we will eat like Vikings!” – The Prince and I, Karen Hawkins
**Advance Reader Copy received through NetGalley**
I just finished the first book in Karen Hawkin’s The Oxenburg Princes series, and I was very pleased with the story. It is described as a retelling of Robin Hood, and while readers will identify the similarities there are more than enough differences to make the story stand on its own. At 401 pages, this was an enjoyable two day read for me and the writer’s style kept me clicking away far beyond bedtime. With a Regency Scottish setting, the injection of Oxenburg royalty into the fairytale framework seemed to add an extra angle to an already interesting remake of a favored classic tale.
Max Romanovin, a prince of Oxenburg, was the lead male character in this tale. A strong character with strict morals and a multitude of skills, Max does not balk at work or lord himself over others based on his rank. His grandmother, Tata Natasha, was absolutely adorable and provided amusement along with trials. The book starts out with Max in a dark place, but manages to ensnare him along with the reader as the story progresses and he quickly sets the pace as he pursues the elusive Robin Hood.
Lady Murian is a widow who has been dealt a difficult hand after the loss of her husband. This leading female is not a dishrag, and I especially favored the author’s styling of the mythological Robin Hood in this tale. As Murian struggles to keep herself and the people dependent on her alive while local nobility works against her, she and Max begin to grown on one another. Will they join forces to overcome their own battles, and what will happen when the dust has cleared and Max must return to Oxenburg?