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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781481572613
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In this swashbuckling novel set in fifteenth-century England, young Richard Shelton discovers that he has been betrayed by the guardian who raised him—a man involved in the murder of his father. Seventeen-year-old Richard joins the fellowship of the Black Arrow to avenge the death, rescue the woman he loves, and participate in the struggle between the Yorks and Lancasters in the War of the Roses.

Though history records two sides fighting for control of England, The Black Arrow presents a third side: the exploited commoners joined together by their black-arrow weaponry. To survive the war, Richard must rely on his cunning. Through adventures in castles, villages, forests, and aboard a ship, Richard outfoxes captors, bargains his way out of crises, and ultimately proves himself worthy of knighthood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Young Richard discovers betrayal, friendship, and love [in]…this old gem.”


  • “The time is fifteenth-century England, and Richard Shelton, the young hero, overcomes one obstacle after another."

    School Library Journal

  • “If one is handing out awards, The Black Arrow would certainly…be in contention for the most sheerly readable of Robert Louis Stevenson's books.”

    John Sutherland, author and Guardian (London) columnist 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 2/12/2014

    " This seemed so different from Stevenson's other books. I don't usually enjoy medieval tales but felt myself growing a little attached to the main characters. Worth reading once but probably won't read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/12/2014

    " It can be a hard read - but I love the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanie | 1/10/2014

    " Too much adventure for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 12/27/2013

    " I loved the movie by Disney as a kid (not so much as an adult), I love the book even more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sergiy | 2/14/2012

    " When i first read this book as a child I would have given it all 5 stars. However upon re-reading it as an adult I found the book did not live up to my childhood memories of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morris | 3/6/2011

    " It's one of RLS's finest stories. This one and Kidnapped are top flight. I read this as a teenager and loved it. That hasn't changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/18/2011

    " This was our bedtime read sometime last year, the kids did well with it, I absolutely enjoyed it. so I've given it 4 stars. Five for my taste and three for the kids' thoughts. "

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was born in Scotland. He studied engineering and law at the University of Edinburgh and then began writing while traveling in France. The publication of Treasure Island in 1883 brought him fame and entered him on a course of romantic fiction beloved by young and old alike.

About the Narrator

Gildart Jackson’s acting credits span the stage and screen. He is most often recognized for his roles as Gideon on Charmed and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital. He has also starred in numerous television shows, including CSI and Vegas, and he played the lead in the highly acclaimed independent feature film You, directed by his wife, Melora Hardin.