Also in this series: Scarlet, Lady Thief
Published by Bloomsbury on 19 May 2015
Genres: Abduction, Adaptation, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Historical, Historical Romance, Love & Romance, Politics & Intrigue, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Scarlet, Lady Thief
Place(s) Traveled To: England – Bramber Castle, Sussex // London // Silchester // Winchester // Bristol // Bridgewater // Glastonbury // Oxford // Nottingham // Edwinstowe
First Line(s): There was no light.
After finishing AC Gaughen’s Lady Thief (my review) I was so glad to have an ARC of Lion Heart to dive into as that ending was killer!! The ending of Lady Thief wasn’t as bad as the ending of The Orphan Queen (my review) but it was not fun and I hated where all of my favorite characters ended up. Things are never good when there are lives in peril after all! So with barely a pause between the two books I grabbed Lion Heart and learned the fate of Scarlet and the gang. While I believe that Lady Thief has the biggest emotional turmoil of the series Lion Heart does not disappoint and in true Gaughen fashion the entire book is a roller coaster ride. My only consolation as I read this book was knowing that it couldn’t end on another cliff hanger as it was the last in a series. So there is an ending but as we’ve learned with Gaughen she isn’t your typical happily ever after sort of writer.
There is drama and tension in spades in this book but there is also a lot of laughter. Oh how I enjoyed all the scenes with Allen a Dale and loved the new character of David. The bromance between these two characters was epic and totally one of my favorite parts in the whole story. Oh, I loved the Scarlet and Rob bits too…because hello Robin Hood!! But there was just something fresh and fun about Allen and David. I also loved who Scarlet let herself be in this book. Of all the characters Scarlet has gone through the most changes both emotionally and physically. She’s proven her strength time and again and yet she’s still constantly being thought as a little bit less because she’s a girl. But Scarlet being Scarlet she always quashes those around her who think that she isn’t just as capable as them by proving just how much better she is. As kick ass heroine’s go, Katniss has nothing on Scarlet.
Then there is the plot. Oh my stars this story will gut you, heal you, and then gut you all over again. Just when you think these characters are safe Gaughen tosses in another obstacle just because. And along the way she always adds in all these little heart achy moments that almost make you forget how she’s shredding your soul a bit. Lion Heart is a book that will make you laugh and cry and really earn your way to an ending that I think will satisfy readers. Life is messy and not everything ends happily and Gaughen does a great job of highlighting all of that over the course of the Scarlet series. I think that fans of the series will like how this book ends and that they’ll also be sad to close that final chapter.
Like all good stories I hated for this one to end. I love this world and these characters and I am going to miss them all something fierce now that Scarlet is over. This will be a series that I revisit when I have the time and I know with each re-read I’ll fall in love with it even more. Gaughen is such a talented writer and I love how she wove together real history into the beloved Robin Hood story. I love how strong and real all of her characters were and I can not wait to see what she comes up with next. This is not a series that you want to miss, though it is probably one you’ll want to have all the books waiting around you before you start reading. Because in case I didn’t mention it the ending of Lady Thief is a killer.