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on Aug. 29, 2013 :
This was a very sweet story. Although the writing was weak in a few places (lots of telling rather than showing, and a few editing flubs), I was charmed by the characters and the plot. It's a rather formulaic story about rebel leaders who want to dethrone a king (one of whom fashions herself after Robin Hood), and you can call most of the plot twists from a ways off, but it was no less enjoyable or entertaining for its tropes.
The romance was quite cute and chaste, and the 'rebellion' is quite possibly the least bloodless I've ever seen in an adventure/Robin Hood tale. While a few of the mentions of the characters' faith seemed a bit shoehorned in, the author at no time descended into lectures or outright moralizing.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it for someone looking for a gentle, enjoyable read that leaves you happy when you finish it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 01, 2013 :
The Rebels of Cordovia is a wonderful fable about God, first love, and our responsibility to help other men. Told in a delightfully old-fashioned manner with protagonists who are pleasant and fairly gentle villains, the story follows young Robin Marie as she leads a rebel band like Robin Hood of olde. The youngest of a household of girls, Robin Marie has been schooled in the bow and arrow by her father, a mild-mannered baker. He fills her head with dreams of restoring Cordovia back to a healthy and happy kingdom. The evil king who rules over the people in a tyrannical fashion had murdered the previous king and driven the young, much-beloved prince off. Robin and many other townspeople, including rich, handsome Daniel, believe that Prince Jonathan should come back and replace the king. While fighting for their freedom, Robin Marie and Daniel fall in love but must put their feelings on the back-burner. Country comes first.
This book was a fun read with a strong plot and fast paced action, but gentle and happy characters. Linda Weaver Clarke has a storyteller's talent for enchanting and mesmerizing the audience. She weaves her key topics of love and respect through The Rebels of Cordovia as poverty and it's devastating side effects are overcome by Robin and her band of merry men...and women. Robin is a strong female character with morals and an innocence that readers will appreciate. There are also some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart. A very timely subject set in a gilt frame, definitely a must read!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 23, 2013 :
This sweet YA romance set in the kingdom of Cordovia was a fun vacation read. King Rupert reigns over Cordovia with an iron fist after poisoning the beloved Kind Edward who has served his people for decades. The rebels want to take back their freedom, and when Daniel meets Marie and becomes fascinated with her, he is in for a surprise, for Marie is really Robin Marie who leads Robin’s Rebels—stealing from the tax collector to help the poor. This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming, and teaches some great morals about agency and choice. It reminded me of childhood fairy tales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)