About the Book
BlurbRobin of Locksley is a rebel, more comfortable roaming Sherwood Forest with his longbow and courting the village girls than learning how to run a manor. An innocent flirtation with a peasant girl soon lands Robin in trouble, and worse, he finds himself inexplicably attracted to Will Scathelock, his best friend since childhood. Robin must decide whether to follow the rules of society or his own conscience. Meanwhile, his neighbour, Guy of Gisborne, is anxious to get his hands on the Locksley estate and he will do anything to make it happen - even murder.
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Robin’s heart sank. Guy must have become separated from the rest somehow. Even worse, he was not alone.
Robin crept as close as he dared, silently drawing his bow and nocking an arrow. He hid behind the buttress of a massive oak.
Charles and his friends had Guy surrounded. They had formed a circle with him trapped in the centre like an animal at bay.
“What do you want?” Guy was trying to sound brave but Robin could hear the fear in his voice, and so, he was sure, could his tormentors.
“Look at him,” Charles mocked. “What a snivelling wretch. Stop trembling. We’re not going to hurt you…much.”
“I haven’t done anything to you,” Guy said, a little more forcefully. “Let me go.”
“That isn’t nice,” Charles drawled while his friends chuckled. “After all, I was only trying to help. Little boys shouldn’t wander off by themselves in forests. There are lots of nasty things around.”
“What hope would you have of defending yourself, runt?” another boy jeered. “You can’t even shoot properly.”
“You’re a disgrace.” Charles sneered. “How ashamed your father must be.”
“What do you want with me?” Guy repeated.
“Just to teach you what happens when you try to be a man before your time. You wish to hobnob with the elite, you have to earn it, and I don’t think you have what it takes. Let’s find out, shall we?”
Robin didn’t wait to see any more. His arrow struck the tree an inch from Charles’s head.
Charles stared at the arrow in bewilderment then all around him. “Who’s there?”
Robin fired again. This arrow landed in the tree on the other side of Charles’s head.
“Show yourself,” Charles snarled, sounding a good deal less brave than he had a moment ago.
Robin declined to obey. “Let my friend go,” he called.
The boys stared around. Guy looked on, wide-eyed.
“Come out and face me like a man,” Charles shouted. “My uncle is the sheriff. He’ll have you swinging from the gallows at Nottingham Castle.”
“I’m quite happy where I am, thank you.”
“Show yourself,” Charles bellowed in mounting frustration. “Or must we drag you out?”
Robin heaved a sigh. “Oh, all right.”
He emerged, bow raised and ready. The moment he was out in the open, one of Charles’s friends brought up his crossbow. Robin fired. The arrow knocked the weapon clean out of his hand.
Charles took a menacing step towards Robin. “Why, you little—”
Robin’s arrow thudded into the ground, just nicking Charles’s toe. Charles let out an undignified yelp and jumped backwards. His foot caught on a tree root and he crashed, face first, into a thicket of thorns.
“Run!” Robin yelled. Guy didn’t need telling twice. Both boys broke for the shelter of the trees. Robin fired another arrow over his shoulder as a warning to the others not to follow and then ran for his life, Charles’s pained cursing as he fought to extricate himself from the thorns falling further and further behind.
Aboutut N.B. Dixon
Author BioN.B. Dixon is an author of historical fiction. Her love for the Robin Hood legend began in a neglected corner of the school library and has continued ever since. She is a self-confessed bookworm and also a musician. She began work on the *Outlaw's Legacy* Series in 2013, and was accepted by Beaten Track Publishing in 2016. *Outlaw's Legacy* is a historical series based around the Robin Hood legend. The author describes it as Exciting Historical Adventure with GLBT romance.
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