Imprisoned citizens. A devoted friend. Will Robyn Hood commit treason against her family and country for justice?
Robyn Loxley has led a privileged life, adopted by the city's most wealthy and influential family. But her entire world begins to crumble when WWII breaks out and her best friend is hauled off to a Japanese-American concentration camp. Horrified and enraged, she vows to free him no matter the cost.
Her family life isn't exactly what it always seemed either. With her adopted brother Richard off at war, the younger John has taken over the family, and he's willing to do almost anything to stay in power. As she digs deeper, she discovers dark truths about those who took her in, and she must answer what justice means to her and what she's willing to do to exact it.
Robyn and the merry band get an update in this dieselpunk adventure.
This uneven but imaginative retelling of the Robin Hood legend from Lieber (Once in a Black Moon) pits a feisty bowwoman against a crime boss in a diesel punk infused WWII-era California. Tough-as-nails steel mill mechanic Robyn Loxley, ward of the wealthy John Lackland, is disgusted when her Japanese American friend Will is thrown into an internment camp and horrified to learn the camp is run by the Lackland family. Then Robyn meets Jon Little, a lovable giant who takes her to the Sherwood shantytown where he cares for the downtrodden. There, Robyn encounters Tuck, whose tarot cards predict Robyn is the prophesied "knight of wands" who "will come on the cusp of great turmoil and lead us through." Through the no-nonsense Detective Rick Nottingham, Robyn learns the extent of Lackland's criminal enterprises and, in the guise of the Hooded Brigands, Robyn and the denizens of Sherwood hatch a daring plan to spring Will and the other prisoners and hit Lackland where it hurts his wallet. Though the plot meanders as it goes on, the alternate-history setting and resilient, diverse cast set this apart. Readers will feel both nostalgia and excitement to see the usual players from the Robin Hood stories in their updated roles. (Self-published)