In bed with Amazing Spouse, watching ‘Captain Blood’:
Spouse: This is so CHEESY
Me: But! Basil Rathbone! Fencing! With Errol Flynn!
Spouse: The Robin Hood movie is better. And they both fence there, too. Robin and Guy
(as a certain Robyn and Guy snort at the idea of… and I quote… ‘poncy’ fencing technique)
Mr. Rathbone: (in uber-French accent, brandishing rope) “You know, you can screw a man’s eyeballs out of his head with one of these…”
Me: Now, my Robyn would appreciate that.
Spouse: More like your Guy would.
And that, my friends, is when you realise that Mr. Rathbone needs to be “cast”, somehow, as one of the Wode villains.
Care to guess who?
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The Summer King has come to the Wode…
Yet to which oath, head or heart, shall he hold?
Once known as the Templar assassin Guy de Gisbourne, dispossessed noble Gamelyn Boundys has come to Sherwood Forest with conflicting oaths. One is of duty: demanding he tame the forest’s druidic secrets and bring them back to his Templar Masters. The other is of heat and heart: given to the outlaw Robyn Hood, avatar of the Horned Lord, and the Maiden Marion, embodiment of the Lady Huntress. The three of them—Summerlord, Winter King, and Maiden of the Spring—are bound by yet another promise, that of fate: to wield the covenant of the Shire Wode and the power of the Ceugant, the magical trine of all worlds. In this last, also, is Gamelyn conflicted; spectres of sacrifice and death haunt him.
Uneasy oaths begin a collision course when not only Gamelyn, but Robyn and Marion are summoned to the siege of Nottingham by the Queen. Her promise is that Gamelyn will regain his noble family’s honour of Tickhill, and the outlaws of the Shire Wode will have a royal pardon.
But King Richard has returned to England, and the price of his mercy might well be more than any of them can afford…
A early preview for my newsletter subscribers. 🐣 Is this cover not a thing of purest beauty? Bob outdid herself… again.
Summerwode is now available for pre-order!
And some thoughtful questions were asked regarding the Wode’s particular take on Robin Hood:
Many thanks to my gracious host, N. B. Dixon, who has just released her own addition to the legend.
To Kansas City and I’ll be there at MidAmericon, hanging with the DSP Publications table in the Dealer’s Room as well as taking in various panels. Come and say hullo!
Also, if you’re interested in hearing a totally new bit from The Wode, come to the Broad Universe reading on Sunday. I’ll be in some great company; you will definitely hear some great excerpts of the SF/F variety.