The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale

The Ballad of Allyn a Dale Welcome to Avalon a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthu

  • Title: The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale
  • Author: Danielle E. Shipley
  • ISBN: 9780989184687
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur s court are in fact who they profess to be Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.Enter AllyWelcome to Avalon, a Renaissance Faire where heroes of legend never die Where the Robin Hood walking the streets is truly the noble outlaw himself Where the knightly and wizardly players of King Arthur s court are in fact who they profess to be Where the sense of enchantment in the air is not mere feeling, but the Fey magic of a paradise hidden in plain sight.Enter Allyn a Dale The grief of his father s death still fresh and the doom of his own world looming, swirling realities leave the young minstrel marooned in an immortal Sherwood Forest, where he is recruited as a member of Robin Hood s infamous outlaw band But Allyn s new life may reach its end before it s scarcely begun Their existence under threat, the Merry Men are called upon to embark on a journey to the dangerous world Outside ours on a quest which must be achieved without delay, or eternity in Avalon will not amount to very long at all.

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    1. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Because I’m on a life-long quest to find and devour books about Robin Hood and his Merry Men, I was delighted to stumble upon The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale. A Renaissance Faire populated by living legends like King Arthur, Merlin, and the dashing Robin Hood? Count me in!At the start of the story, newly orphaned minstrel Allyn-a-Dale is brought, rather unexpectedly, to the mystical Avalon. Avalon is a “place of [...]

    2. For fans of the Merry Men, Ren Faires, or lighthearted, magic-just-around-the-bend urban fantasy, The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale is an automatic win.As with all of D.E. Shipley’s works, characters are the driving force behind the unique story and beautiful style–and as usual, they are individual, charming, and full of life.Meet Allyn-a-Dale, a young minstrel whose heart is fresh from a tragedy. He’s just as freshly fallen from the magical secrets of his own world, and into the magical secrets [...]

    3. This book was exactly what I needed. It’s rare that I wish I could rate a book over 5 stars, but this is one of them. It’s a perfect blend of action, humor, quirky twists on mythology, and great characterization. I literally laughed out loud more than once, and this book was a pure pleasure the whole way through. We all know some other attempts at modernizing the legends of Robin Hood and also Merlin/Arthur, but this one was nothing I expected. Dropping these characters into our contemporary [...]

    4. For a delightful and amusing quick read, Danielle E. Shipley's newest book, The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale, will be hard to beat if you – as I do – enjoy suspending disbelief and going along for the ride. The founding conceit of the story – that Faerie has turned the isle of Avalon into a space where the great heroes of British mythology: Arthur, Merlin, Robin Hood and his band – are unaffected by time and mortality, and that this protected place is further hidden in the 21st century by disg [...]

    5. This book is absolutely fantastic. I can't say it any other way. Shipley uses wonderful tone to tell the tale. Her writing reminds me of a more classic form of literature, although not as heavy and difficult to wade through. She often gives asides to the fourth wall to make humorous commentary as well, which gives you the impression of having the story told you. It is very much like a performer at a Renaissance Faire, who pretends to speak Olde English, but then reminds you that we are still in [...]

    6. Don't go into this tale expecting a typical Robin Hood tale. It was not what I had expected so I was slow to get into it because it was different, but the prose is beautiful done, very poetic. It is mostly told from the point of view of a minstrel, in the manner of a bard's tale except for one chapter where the author switches to Maid Marion's head briefly. It’s a mix of more than one world, a bit mystical and elemental in the literal story. There were modern elements and language thrown in. I [...]

    7. This is not your traditional Robin Hood tale. Rather this fairy-tale flavored fantasy adds in layers of magic, mythology and multiple universes to the usual Merry Men mischief and adventure. Sweet, soulful Allyn-a-Dale, our young minstrel hero, guides us through the tale as though it were a ballad of old. The story is structured into stanzas rather than chapters, and there's a lyrical quality to the prose. It is fun, humorous, and at times surprisingly tender. Thoroughly delightful.My fondest wi [...]

    8. This book is a lot of fun, and highly original. There is some seriously beautiful prose to be found in these pages. Looking forward to Book 2

    9. I wanted to read this book ever since the words "Renaissance Faire" hit me. Add Robin Hood to it, and you hooked me. Shipley's Ren Faire happens to be the one I've visited several times, so the added bonus of physically being with the characters when they weren't out figuring out how to maneuver in the modern world, was extra fun.Shipley's fantastical tale is a combination fan fiction meets Neil Gaiman fantasy as her characters are borne of other worlds, times, and places. They live, love, and d [...]

    10. This was a unique book with regards to its plot and settings as it mixed the Robin Hood mythos within an urban fantasy setting. The story however was a bit drier than I would have liked and the pace was also on the slower side. Hence this book didn’t work for me.

    11. I didn't make it too, too far into The Ballad of Allyn-A-Dale because it was rather hard for me to follow. I don't know if it was the new twist on the fantasy genre, or the way it was written. It jumped back in time without really any explanation (that I found).So I moved on to my next book.It had a verywillowy feel to it. that make sense? When I was reading, the words and how they flowed made me imagine a willowy, graceful woman dancing. It was really amazing how everything flowed and one sente [...]

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