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With its truly unique take on the Robin Hood legends, this historical series sets Robin the outlaw archer as a queer, chaotic-neutral Druid, Marion as Pagan queen who is sister but not wife, and their consort a Christian – and thusly conflicted – nobleman.
J Tullos Hennig’s
The Books of the Wode!
Charles De Lint
“There’s nothing quite so exciting as an author taking an overused traditional narrative and breathing full and rich life into it the way that Hennig does with her retelling of the Robin Hood/Green Man stories in her Greenwode series. I was smitten, right from the beginning.”
A Swimming Pool Library
“A complex, meticulously researched, and vividly realised re-imagining of the Robin Hood myth, which depicts Robin and Guy as lovers instead of sworn enemies.”
“Hennig’s Wode series continues to reinvent the legend of Robin Hood… Thick with conflict and intrigue, this retelling turns a well-known legend into a fresh, earthy tale of human passions twisted by politics and ancient powers.”
“An intensely emotional, breathtaking version of the Robin Hood legend… Beautifully showcases the cultural and religious upheaval between peasant versus nobility, oppressed versus oppressors… Highly recommended.”
Amazing Stories Magazine
“Given the author’s innate ability to take classic lore and make it new again through works of fantasy, fans of other genres or literature are sure to enjoy these.”
Pages below the Vaulted Sky
“The worldbuilding is intricate, the language is gorgeous, and the characters are achingly flawed… Its complexity is astounding–characters built upon layers and layers and tripping over their own demons, pagan folklore woven into a 12th-century England, prose lush with passion and poetry.
THIS is how you do a Robin Hood retelling.
Historical Novel Society Review
“I can’t recommend this book highly enough. The prose is poetic, powerful, insightful. Hennig has a masterful command of weaponry and battle-speak, as well of wode magic. This is a soul-plumbing, life-changing experience.”
“It felt like discovering a fine wine. There was incredible tension: romantic, character-driven, and plot-driven. This isn’t a light sip of a read.”
J Tullos Hennig
Author, History Geek
“Robin Hood has always morphed with time and our need of him, so I thought it long past time for a queer Robin Hood. I also wanted to pay homage to the original ballads, while weaving a tale of warring classes and beliefs. To my surprise — relief, actually — out popped this chaotic-neutral, arsy Trickster: on who defies his god and loves as he loves; one who gives two fingers up to authority and all the while embodies — and defends — the ancient consciousness of his beloved greenwood.”
– J Tullos Hennig
J Tullos Hennig
likes BIG books. She’s been a pro equestrian, a dancer, an actor, an activist, and a teacher… yet she’s never managed to not be a storyteller. Ever.
Active in genre literature and conventions in the 70s & 80s, she returned to the authorial fold with the publication of an award-winning historical fantasy series, collectively titled The Books of the Wode. A member of HNS (the Historical Novel Society), the Author’s Guild, & SFWA (the Science Fiction Writers Association), she was awarded the Speculative Literature Foundation’s juried Older Writers Grant in 2018.
As TALULAH J SULLIVAN, she has begun a series of novels seeking to weave a ‘tale basket’ in the proud example of her Choctaw and Chickasaw grandmothers.
No matter the name, her works reflect literary worlds both old and new, cultures both fantastic and familiar, and promise an immersive, subversive experience.
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