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Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix: 06/10/22
Travelers Along the Way: A Robin Hood Remix by Aminah Mae Safi is set in Jerusalem in the year 1192. Rahma al-Hud and her older sister Zeena have gone into war against Richard the Lionheart and the other invaders.
But before you dive into this novel, you should do two things. The first is watch (or rewatch) the Disney Robin Hood from 1973. The second thing is to binge watch Leverage (2008-2012). If time is of the essence, just watch "The Scheherazade Job" (season 3, episode 4).
At it's most basic level, Travelers Along the Way is a look at the crusades from the the invaded's point of view. Richard who is often played as the great king and the victim is presented here as a villain (one of a handful).
But it's also the Robin Hood tale, specifically the Disney version, mixed together with the Leverage team dynamics. It's a chance to rework classic scenes into a different setting with different motivating factors. Obviously it's not a one to one adaptation. It's not like a Shakespeare play brought into a different era or location with the words kept the same.
It's a fun read. It's especially fun because I'm a fan of the source material. It was fun to figure out which new character mapped to which old one. It was fun to be reminded of favorite scenes while experiencing new ones.