Review: The Prisoner – Steven A. McKay

Another great review from a well-respected historical fiction blogger for The Prisoner! 🙂

Speesh Reads

out of 5 stars

My version:
pdf printout
Historical Fiction 13th Century England
Self Published
Pre-publication copy, ’cause I’m ace!

*May be an idea to read all the ‘proper’ Robin Hood novels by Steven, BEFORE you read this. You have been warned.

The Stapleford Prisoner is a delightfully crafted, deceptively simple, thought-provoking and intriguing little glimpse of life in early 13th Century Sherwood, Forest – with a twist. Or rather, an outcome that, while you may well see coming, will still have you smiling with ‘get in you beauty!’ righteousness.

I’m not going to give the plot, it’s very simple, as I said above and I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment. I’ll just say that it’s a warning maybe, not to pre-judge, to see all sides before you come to a decision there’s no going back on. Even set several years after the first of Steven’s…

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The Prisoner: A Forest Lord Novelette by Steven A. McKay (@SA_McKay) – Review

Fantastic review of The Prisoner!

David's Book Blurg

Title – The Prisoner: A Forest Lord Novelette
Author – Steven A. McKay
Genre – Historical Fiction
Publication – 20th December 2016
Pages – 27 Pages
My Rating – 5/5 Stars


When two lawmen – fabled former outlaws themselves – are sent to a snowy English village to arrest a rapist it seems a straightforward task, but is all as it first appears?

England 1325 AD

As Robin Hood and Little John take the criminal into custody they find the people of Stapleford accommodating enough and the terrified victim’s bruises are plainly visible. Inevitably, as they set off on the journey back to Nottingham the lawmen’s disgust at the captive’s crime colours their opinion of him and Little John has to be restrained from brutally assaulting the man.
The harsh winter conditions slow their progress though, and eventually the prisoner’s protestations and desperate violent actions have the lawmen questioning what’s really been…

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A brand new Forest Lord tale published today!

Today sees the publication of "The Prisoner"! That's right, a completely new Forest Lord novelette, "The Prisoner" has just been published. This is part of Amazon's Kindle Singles Program and, for the first time, I didn't have to pay for a cover! Amazon designed the cover themselves after I gave them some pointers ("How about... Continue Reading →

New Forest Lord short stories!

Beer Booty! I'm having a little celebration tonight because I can tell you Amazon's exclusive Kindle Singles Programme will be publishing two of my Forest Lord short stories! (Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil was of course in the Singles Program). First out is "The Prisoner", a novelette which features Robin and Little John taking... Continue Reading →

Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil – a review

I missed this review last year, it was really nice to discover it now! Check it out!

Writing Wings


Time for another review. Yes, just a week after my last one, but then this tasty Tuck-sized treat, “Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil“, was a novella that I had to keep reading.

This was my introduction to the world of ‘The Forest Lord’ that Steven A. McKay has created, and a perfect one at that – even if Robin Hood, the main character in the books, was only mentioned. But Wolf’s Head (The Forest Lord Book 1) is now a MUST READ.

In this tale, Friar Tuck investigates a series of burglaries committed by the Devil and another fiend. The setting felt accurate and I realised that Steven A. McKay had done a lot of research for his world. But it slotted into the story seamlessly.

The plot was clever, and the Devil faced a formidable foe in the friar. Given the length, the novella…

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