Review: Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk

NottinghamPublisher: Forge Books
Author: Nathan Makaryk
Release: August 6th, 2019
Received: BookishFirst
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Nottingham through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Have you ever looked at the tale of Robin Hood and just wished there was more to it? More depth, more history, more everything? That’s what Nathan Makaryk did, and the end result was Nottingham.

Nottingham blends historical facts and the tale of Robin Hood and turns it into something so much bigger. It’s still the tale we know and love – but it’s been changed into something much, much bigger. It’s almost not even recognizable, thanks to the new depth.

Nottingham is the story I’ve always wanted from Robin Hood. It has all of the elements I know and love – but there’s so much more to it. I honestly can’t emphasize that fact enough. Makaryk added all of the missing elements, as far as I’m concerned.

To be clear, this isn’t just a ‘historical version’ of Robin Hood. It adds history elements, of course. But it also adds politics and wits and so many quotable moments as well. So many, in fact, that I can’t help but have a mental fancasting going…who I’d like to see play the roles of these characters Makaryk has fleshed out.

Though I will say that the added historical elements did flesh out this novel in a way I’ve never seen before. It made the reading so much more…rich. To be honest, I usually tend to read my books in as few sittings as possible. But for Nottingham I took about a month (give or take) to fully read it through. There were just so many little tidbits to soak up and think about. It just felt natural to put the book down every now and then and just think about it.

I think in truth, it was the wit that really sold me on this novel. I loved the extra details, and all of the additional twists and turns. Of course I did. But what really made this novel something was the characters. That’s always been the case for this tale, hasn’t it? Well, Makaryk made them feel even more real, and even cleverer than before. It was perfection.

As for those twists and turns I mentioned? Some of them were obvious and expected – most because they followed the path we know and expected to see. But then there were the ones that came out of left field. They really blew me away. Not only because they surprised me (that much is obvious) but because of how well they fit the story being told.

All in all, Nottingham was a perfect and brilliant read. I know that some people are going to pick it up and read it exactly like I did – a little bit at a time. And I know others are going to binge right through the whole thing. And I think both types of readers will enjoy this one. I know I did.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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6 Responses to Review: Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk

  1. Toria says:

    I must admit that, while folklore, myth, and fairy tale really interest me, Robin Hood always left me cold. It always felt simplistic and shallow. I blame the films. So, I wasn’t interested in reading this book. However, your review has made me rethink. Great review. Thank you

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    • I know exactly what you mean! I’d always felt that the movies were fun, but ultimately lacked a certain something. I was hesitant about Nottingham as well. Truthfully, of i hadn’t had the chance to read their excerpt before getting a review copy, I may have passed it up.

      If you end up giving Nottingham a try, I hope you enjoy it!


  2. judieeasley says:

    Okay, you’ve convinced me. I need to read this and see if it’s as good as you make it sound, which is irresistible! I don’t think I’ve ever read the book actually, but I’ve seen the movie in many forms over the years. I’d love to read this book and find something really good. Be forewarned, my husband and both of my kids have history degrees, so it’ll be a tough sell in my house.

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