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Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen ARC {4.5 Stars}

Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen is the thrilling and heart-wrenching conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy, which tells the story of Robin Hood from a completely new perspective ;-). If you haven’t read Scarlet and Lady Thief, you definitely want to check out my reviews of them instead, but in short READ THIS SERIES OMG SO GOOD! :D For those of you who died with me at the end of Lady Thief, be assured that Lion Heart is everything you’ve been hoping for!

Note: I borrowed an advance copy of Lion Heart from a friend. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen ARC {4.5 Stars}

Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen (Scarlet #3)
Published by Bloomsbury on May 19th, 2015
Genres: Historical Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 348 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

4.5 Stars


  • This whole review could just be a love letter to Scarlet really. Lion Heart continues to show the depths of Scarlet that truly bring a character to life and I adore her so much. She’s been through so many horrible things and yet is able to hope while fighting those nightmares and seeks something better for not just herself, but everyone. Plus she’s snarky and I love that ;-). I think I have a bit of a crush >.>.
  • Lion Heart grabs you right from the beginning since it starts some time after Lady Thief and Scarlet has clearly been imprisoned for a long stretch of time by Prince John. It doesn’t take long for blood to spill! (Are any of us really surprised at this point??)
  • The plot of Lion Heart continues from that dark dungeon to traverse all across the English countryside to truly epic results. I never thought when I started this trilogy that I’d basically be reading a reinterpretation of the entire King Richard reign! I of course don’t want to give anything away, but trust me, it’s epic :D.
  • Perhaps the most important thing when a trilogy is so dark and horrible at times is the ray of sunshine that appears from time to time to give your heart a pause to recover ;-). That sunshine is of course Rob and all the swoons! The happy moments between Rob and Scarlet are a bit of a reach at times, but they are therefore all the more worth the wait *hugs them*. Have no fear, there is swoonage!
  • Scarlet has been busy making new friends, but in addition she does end up back with old ones too and we get to know Much a lot more :D.
  • A secondary character that needs a special shout-out, however, is Eleanor! Yes, Queen Eleanor, how epic can a story get?? She doesn’t get a whole lot of page time, but I loved every interaction she was in because she is just so darn badass!
  • One of the things that fantasy tends to do is shy away from any real lasting consequences to epic battles. Stabbed? Eh, it’ll heal and we’ll skip that part so we can go back to galavanting! However, Scarlet lost two fingers in Lady Thief and Gaughen doesn’t gloss over that fact. She does a poignant job of showing just a glimpse of what an amputee goes through as they must relearn to do things that came so easily before. Scarlet has Rob though and they both have scars they are working to live with *starts sobbing*.
  • All of this craziness is wrapped up in absolutely gorgeous writing. Gaughen has a way of reaching into your soul and putting voice to emotion you didn’t even realize you were feeling. There should be a whole lot of shirts with quotes from Lion Heart on them, all I’m saying ;-).


  • I wanted Lion Heart to be at least 50 pages longer. I was really worried as we were reaching the climax that there wouldn’t be enough time for everything to wrap up, and there really wasn’t. I felt rushed to the point that I actually read all the end material, which I normally never do! And this isn’t just a fan wanting more pages no matter the plot, I honestly did feel that the plot needed more time to wrap up satisfactorily, hehe.


Lion Heart is an astounding conclusion to a trilogy I never saw coming. I don’t even remember what sparked me to request Scarlet from my library, but I do remember sitting in a car ride and excitedly telling the boy all about it. I also remember sitting on my couch crying my eyes out at the end of Lady Thief. There was a similar amount of crying throughout Lion Heart and it’s really because I’ve grown so attached to these characters. Lion Heart will be a book you’ll be tempted to reread as soon as you finish.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen

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  1. Yay! I still haven’t started this series, but I’m thrilled one you love so much ended well. :)
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  2. I didn’t love the first book in this series, so I’m not sure I’ll go on with the rest, but I really enjoyed your review anyway. It sounds like this series wrapped up really well!
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    • What didn’t work for you? I realized as I was talking to people that book one is definitely not as strong as the second two and I had similar issues as a lot of people but they get resolved pretty well in Lady Thief.

      • It’s been a while, but looking back at my review I can remember being annoyed at the love triangle and in general not liking Scarlet. I didn’t have a lot of patience for her trust issues or how snappy she was with everyone either.
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        • Hmmm, definitely fair. The love triangle turns out not to really be one since Scarlet isn’t actually interested in Jon and things happen with him in a different direction. She stays just as untrusting and snappish though, hence why I like her haha ;-)

  3. *flails* I can’t wait for this book! Just a few more weeks :D All your pros are exactly what I’m hoping for, so now I have a bit less fear for the series conclusion. I’m just not good with conclusions, so I’m sure it’ll take me a while to read it even after I’ve got it on my shelf…
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    • Hehe, this is one that you’ll definitely want to stretch out but I don’t know how you’ll manage to hold back!

  4. I’m so desperate to read this book! Lady Thief destroyed me, and I’m feeling a bit better about Scarlet’s future now I’ve read your review:)
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  5. I’ve had this series on my tbr forever. Now I feel like I need to read it. Maybe I will do a series marathon.
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    • Oo yes, it’s a great trilogy for that since the endings are torturous if you don’t have the next book!

  6. I haven’t paid much attention to this series, but that’s changed now. It sounds pretty good!
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