The Books of the Wode

History & legends chronicle Robin Hood & Guy of Gisbourne as the deadliest of enemies. The reality is... complicated.
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Greenwode

Prequel (Book One) of the Wode

Daring the Old gods. Defying the New.
The making of a legend—and a truly innovative re-imagining of Robin Hood.
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Rob of Loxley and his elder sister Marion have been groomed from birth to take their parents’ places within the Old Religion. Despite this, when Rob finds an injured nobleman’s son in the forest, neither he nor Marion understand what befriending young Gamelyn could mean for the future of their beliefs. Already the ancient spirits are fading beneath the iron of noblemen’s politics and the stones of Church subjugation. More, the druid elders warn that Rob and Gamelyn are cast as sworn adversaries, locked in timeless and symbolic struggle for the greenwood’s Maiden.

Instead, in a theological twist only a stroppy dissident could envision, Rob swears he’ll defend the sacred woodland of the Horned God and Lady Huntress to his last breath—if his god will let him be lover, not rival, to the one fated as his enemy.

But in the eyes of Gamelyn’s Church, sodomy is unthinkable... and the old pagan magics are an evil that must be vanquished.

Rainbow Award Winner

Best LGBT Fantasy/SF/Paranormal Novel ~~ Best Debut Novel ~~ Best LGBT Novel

Shirewode

Book 2 of the Wode

Legends chronicle Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne as the deadliest of enemies.
The reality is… complicated.
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Home razed by Church edict, loved ones struck down by treachery, Rob is left for dead. Taken by the old druid master into the deeps, he emerges with a new name and purpose: leader of a band of tight-knit outcasts, who claim the ancient forest and wield the Horned God’s vengeance with silent, deadly arrows. Gamelyn, disowned by his noble family, has also fled the wake of Loxley’s destruction. Returning to England from several years on Crusade, he too has found a new identity and purpose—but no absolution.

When the two boyhood lovers next cross paths, it is in a brutal, blindfolded game of foxes and hounds, one pitting Templar assassin against Heathen outlaw. And as Robyn discovers his sister Marion is still alive, the game turns.

Thwarted kings of a broken realm, Robyn Hode and Guy de Gisbourne must restore the Maiden to her rightful place—and manage to not destroy each other in the process.

Rainbow Award Winner

Best LGBT Fantasy

Winterwode

Beneath winter's chill is awakening the deepest of magics... and the struggle for a crown.

Robyn Hood is the undisputed ruler of the wild, green Wode. Reunited with his sister Marion and his lover Gamelyn in Sherwood Forest, Robyn and his band of outlaws seek to raise the Ceugant—the magical trine of the Old Religion—against the tyranny of Church and Crown. Yet their forest kingdom is roiling with conflict. Marion has been made welcome, but old shackles and new fears hamper her true promise. Gamelyn is torn between oaths of heart and head—and the outlaws never let him forget he was but recently Guy of Gisbourne, defrocked Templar and Robyn's fiercest enemy.

When a lone traveller is waylaid on the road, a common occurrence quickly proves uncommon. Knight and Maiden, Archer and Men, all are conscripted to aid a Queen's—and ultimately a King's—ransom. For beneath winter's chill is awakening the deepest of magics, and there are those who seek the power of Robyn Hood and his Shire Wode for their own ends. . .

Summerwode

The Summer King has come to the Wode... yet to which oath, head or heart, shall he hold?

Once known as the Templar assassin Guy de Gisbourne, dispossessed noble Gamelyn Boundys has come to Sherwood Forest with conflicted oaths. One is of duty: demanding he tame the forest’s druidic secrets and bring them back to his Templar Masters. The other oath is of heat and heart: given to the outlaw Robyn Hood, avatar of the Horned Lord, and the Maiden Marion, embodiment of the Lady Huntress. The three of them—Summerlord, Winter King, and Maiden of the Spring—are bound by yet another promise, that of fate: to wield the covenant of the Shire Wode and the power of the Ceugant, the magical trine of all worlds. In this last, also, is Gamelyn conflicted; spectres of sacrifice and death haunt him.

Uneasy oaths begin a collision course when not only Gamelyn, but Robyn and Marion are summoned to the siege of Nottingham by the Queen. Her promise is that Gamelyn will regain his family’s honour of Tickhill, and the outlaws of the Shire Wode will have a royal pardon.

But King Richard has returned to England, and the price of his mercy might well be more than any of them can afford...

The Books of the Wode bring a truly unique and fresh perspective to a rich legacy of myth, magic and ancient ballads. Robin Hood lives, in a Britain caught in ideological struggle between Christianity and Paganism.

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