|22 July 2010|
|Followed by||King's Man|
Holy Warrior is the second novel of the eight-part Outlaw Chronicles series by British writer of historical fiction, Angus Donald, released on 22 July 2010 through Little, Brown and Company. The novel was well received.
This novel continues the story of Alan Dale, based on the historical Alan-a-Dale; warrior and troubadour in Robin Hoods band of outlaws. The novel takes place during the Third Crusade, an attempt by European leaders to reconquer the Holy Land from Saladin. In the novel Robin is forced to join Richard the Lionheart on his crusade and during which learns he is the target of an assassination attempt; Alan is tasked with discovering the origins of the attack.
The novel received positive acclaim from reviewers. George Williams of The Australian wrote that Donald's approach to dealing with the complex issues such as religious hatred and the general intolerance of the time "marks it as a cut above other versions of the legend" and stated that, "like Outlaw, Holy Warrior is undoubtedly one of the finest Robin Hood stories of recent times.". Sarah Arrow, managing editor of Birds on the Blog, said in her review that "it’s good writing, it makes good reading and it’s a darn sight better than a lot of rubbish that is passed off as a book these days". In a review for Falcata Time, Gareth Wilson states that the Outlaw Chronicles are "a great series to use as a bridging gap between the Young adult and Adult market and one that will definitely become a firm fav [sic].".
- Roberts, Martin (14 July 2010). "Novelist reinvents Robin Hood as medieval gangster | Reuters". Reuters. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- Williams, George (7 August 2010). "Legend's makeover gives thieving hero a licence to kill". The Australian. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- Sarah Arrow (29 August 2010). "Review: Holy Warrior by Angus Donald". Birdsontheblog.co.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- Wilson, Gareth (12 August 2010). "Falcata Times: HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: Holy Warrior - Angus Donald". Falcatatimes.blogspot.com. Retrieved 31 October 2011.