Arrows Fletched with Peacock Feathers
Author: Claudia Quint
Title: Arrows Fletched with Peacock Feathers
Series: Part of LT3's My Dearest Enemy Collection
Genre: High Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, M/F, Poly (M/M/F)
Rating: Two Petals
On the Author's Website:
Notthingham suffers under the ruthless enforcement of the Sheriff, who is determined to live up to his title and forget the difficult childhood that left him orphaned and destitute.
Then a charismatic bandit named Robin Hood crashes through his bedroom window and leaves the Sheriff's ordered world thoroughly shattered—and threatens to steal the Sheriff's not so hardened heart.
I received this book as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Working as the Sheriff of Notthingham is a thankless job when the Prince and the Abbot are bent on sucking the people dry through excessive taxation and it's the sheriff's job to collect those taxes. Then Robin Hood appears, stealing from the rich and getting into the hearts of everyone, including the sheriff whose job it is to catch and hang Robin. The sheriff knows it can't end well.
The premise for this story was very interesting, but the execution unfortunately less so. I did enjoy the characterizations. The struggle the sheriff had to go through regarding what he had to do for his job for the Prince and Abbot versus what he had to do to keep the people safe was very interesting. That struggle is probably the only reason I finished reading this, thankfully short, story.
My biggest issue with this story was the writing style. It was overly flowery as if the author was trying to prove their worth as a writer by using big words and as many metaphors as humanly possible. One of the ones that had me snorting with disgusted laughter was when the author called a sip of wine "divine fermentation". The problem with this type of writing style is that it reads as very fake, as if the author was more interested in the words on the page than on the soul of the book.
There was also a lot of telling instead of showing in this story. For example, one of the integral things that guided the sheriff's life was an ongoing tryst he had with a monk prior to becoming the sheriff. Instead of a proper flashback with all the desperately needed character building and emotion, the author instead summed up the scene in a few short sentences. The story lacked in depth, emotion, and anything for the reader to connect with because of that.
The premise of the book of the sheriff versus Robin Hood is one I was anxious to read, but after reading it I cannot recommend it. The language was overly flowery, there were more metaphors than emotion, and most of the story lacked flow thanks to too much telling instead of showing.
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