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Book Reviews: Merilynn + The Red Hand

The Sorority: Merilynn by Tamara Thorne
This insipid 2003 novel is from the author of the equally un-compelling ‘Haunted’, ‘Moonfall’, ‘Eternity’, ‘Candle Bay’ and ‘Bad Things’. Eve Camlan is dead and evil witch Malory Thomas focuses her evil plan on Merilynn in-between engaging in juvenile sex jokes. This could have been an interesting tale of the Arthurian mythos carrying on in the new world but instead is subpar ‘American Pie’ style antics carried out by characters with the IQs and personalities of tablecloths.

Best Line:
“My little nut cruncher.”

Hunter Of Sherwood: The Red Hand by Toby Venables
This 2nd ‘Guy of Gisburne’ novel is not as good as ‘Knight of Shadows’. Guy stomps around having glibness and an existential crisis over a murderer on the loose. This is too long, too padded and full of tonal uncertainty, exposition and weighted dialogue. The plot is not capably orchestrated and there is no room for nuanced plot or characterization. This is a dull riff on the legend with the evil Robin Hood cackling and his cult of morons (Marian, Will The Scarlet, Friar Took, John Lytell and Alan O’Doyle) have creative ambition.
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