The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.
Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.
Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince’s clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, published May 19th, 2015, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
All the reviews for this book that I’ve read have either had major disappointment or overflowing happiness. Unfortunately, I’m not exactly the latter. Fortunately, I’m not exactly the former either. I’m somewhere in the middle, leaning on the disappointed side.
Let me start off by saying that I did enjoy this series. SCARLET, the first book in the series, remains one of my favorite books of all time and my favorite book in the series. I loved the way that all throughout the series, I was able to continue with the same main group of characters. They did kind of change in this book, but I’ll delve into that as I go on. There are parts of this review that may make it seem like I didn’t like this book, but I did, if only for the fact that it’s the SCARLET finale.
Starting with characters, I was majorly, majorly, majorly miffed that certain characters die in this book. I mean… let me put it another way.
******* and ******* DIES. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. MY HEART WHY ;-;
^^ Basically. I really didn’t see at all why these people had to die, and I felt like their deaths were completely pointless. I get the idea of emotionally appealing to the audience, but I was just really mad that these two people had to die. They got so far, only to die for absolutely no reason at all.
Then there was Scarlet and Rob. What I loved so much about SCARLET was the action, but it was also the beginning of the romance. Scarlet and Rob were perfect together, and John was seeming to get his own happy ending. NO. NO. Everything you know is wrong. If you ship them, don’t read this book. Sure, they have some sweet moments, but really what this book managed to do was convince me that Scarlet and Rob don’t belong together. Don’t get me wrong, I love them together, but they just so didn’t work in LION HEART. They argue all the time, and they try to sacrifice themselves at every. single. page. turn. It gets kinda ridiculous, and the emotional awww wears off.
As for the ending, lots of thoughts on that. Overall, I felt like the story was really cheesy near the end, and pretty anticlimactic. But let’s face it: after all the suffering Rob and Scarlet went through, us
shippers readers can handle some cheesiness. I wasn’t the hugest fan of the ending, but I was able to accept it.
Other random things. The pace dips, going up and down. Great action scenes, lots of time in between them. Things get a lot more political, but I actually really liked it. The villain, Prince John, yeah, he’s the world’s biggest cry-baby. He’s Foop in Fairly Odd Parents, Plankton in Spongebob Squarepants. Not the great villain I thought he would be, and I wish it could’ve been different because I felt like he had so much potential.
The political landscape of LION HEART is very realistic, and the author’s note at the end explaining the historical timeline of this book is awesome and really helped me to understand why she made the decisions she did. Overall, I would recommend this series. It’s my favorite Robin Hood, or, rather, Will Scarlet retelling to date. While the ending was disappointing, the first book is definitely worth a read. I would recommend it for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Jackson Pearce. 2 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 348
Series: Scarlet #3