Fairly Certain is the unlikely adventure of Petir Capota, a nineteen year old computer geek who finds himself back in the days of Robin Hood after falling out of a tree. He awakens in the forest surrounded by a band of British boys, clothed as if in Old England. Unable to resolve the incongruity of their presence in the Connecticut woods, Petir decides he’s experiencing a dream, which revs up when Maid Rianne appears, a girl with a penchant for the bow and arrow. In his college world, fair maiden types don’t ordinarily go for computer geek types, but for some reason, he is no longer in his world. Petir is fairly certain he can try whatever he wants in this world, without consequence…but the fair maiden isn’t playing fair.
With the conflict of the Royals escalating, Maid Rianne has joined the outlaws hiding in the forest, outwardly defying the handsome and accomplished knight to whom she is promised. She is fairly certain she merely feels flattered by Lord Petir’s uncensored admiration of her skills with the staff and bow, the same unmaidenly pursuits disdained by her own knight. However, that does not explain the quickening of her pulse produced by Lord Petir’s unguarded gaze.
The outlaws bring Petir to their camp to tend his injuries, then, to Petir’s delight and Maid Rianne’s dismay, they invite him to join their merry band. What better way to get close to her? Throwing caution to the wind, Petir decides he has nothing to lose by pursuing Maid Rianne. It’s all fun and games until she is captured by the enemy. Now, a geek with no ability to defend himself must find a way to rescue a fair maiden who has become much more than fair game.
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Robin Hood and Connecticut Yankee Dichotomy
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
Petir Rojo Caputa is a likable 21st Century computer geek cast into the roll of a Connecticut Yankee in Sherwood Forest. Petir receives a nasty bump on the head. He awakens to find himself surrounded by a band of boys speaking British English and dressed in Medieval clothing. Then a girl appears with a bow and arrow. At Maid Rianne’s instruction, he is brought back to their camp. Maid Rainne is part of a band of outlaws fighting against Prince John for King Richard. To complicate matters, she is betrothed to Lord Robert Gisborne who works with the Sherif of Nottingham.
As Petir and Maid Rianne’s feeling for each other grow, she is torn by her feelings for this new comer and her fidelity to a betrothed who may only desire her rather than love her. When she is captured on a trip to compete in an archery contest, Petir set’s out to save her.
Deborah Ann Davis has blended A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court with the legend of Robin Hood. She also throws in a bit of literary license. Thus is the tale blended. The band in the camp was all likable with many humorous situations. For instance, Petir believes this to be a dream and thus is a little bolder than he might otherwise be. While a pleasurable story to read, the pace tends to drag. The ending it self was satisfying. However, the explanation of the events of the story at the end proved to be less-than-satisfying. In the end analysis, the book has weaknesses, but is none-the-less enjoyable to read. Those familiar with both Robin Hood and a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court will enjoy the dichotomy.