by Robyn Young

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Insurrection Synopsis

WAR WILL MAKE HIM A MAN. DESTINY WILL MAKE HIM KING. THESE ARE DAYS OF WAR. The King of Scotland is dead. The nobles fight over the succession, unaware that King Edward of England has plans of his own. For years, Edward has nurtured a fierce vision of conquest, inspired by the words of an ancient prophecy, that will change the face of Britain. In this divided land, a boy grows to manhood, in a family torn apart by ambition and betrayal. His path will never be smooth - he will serve his enemy and betray his friend before he finds himself. But destiny is waiting to claim him. His name is Robert the Bruce. And his story begins in Insurrection.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780340963661
Publication date: 4th August 2011
Author: Robyn Young
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 672 pages
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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Insurrection Reader Reviews

In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Linda Amos - 'I didn’t want to put it down.  The research is spot-on.  The writing throughout is excellent. I have read the book twice... and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series.' Read full review >
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'This book is historical fiction at its best. The battle scenes are so realistic you can smell the spilt blood and it feels like that you are actually there the descriptions are so vivid!' Read full review >
  • Sarah Musk - 'A vivid, incredibly exciting book about a very turbulent time in Scotland's history.  Robyn Young is a truly talented historical writer!' Read full review >
  • Cathy Petersen - 'Terrific tale of a Scotland in turmoil and a young Robert the Bruce who must decide his destiny. I absolutely loved this!' Read full review >
  • Helen Skinner - 'A fascinating, atmospheric tale...I absolutely loved this book and I'm looking forward to reading the other two in the trilogy.' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'An excellent and enthralling tale of the struggle for Scottish independence in the 13th century...History was never this interesting at school.' Read full review >
  • Maggie Crane - 'This book was a delight to read, bringing the Events in Scotland concerning William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to life...' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'It is the first novel in a trilogy and will leave you wanting to read the other 2. Fact and fiction are skilfully woven together , with a quest thrown in for good measure.' Read full review >
  • Sue Broom - 'The action is relentless.  Really enjoyed it and looking forward to laying my hands on the second and third books in the series - maybe the spider will make an appearance...' Read full review >
  • Sarah Harper - 'This is an exceptionally well written story and an enjoyable way to learn some of Scotland’s rich history.' Read full review >
  • Susan Wallace - 'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I’m not a big fan of historical fiction....  I will certainly go on to read the others in the trilogy.' Read full review >
  • Glenda Worth - 'Insurrection - a long book with a lot of historical facts to remember. I struggled to read this book and found it difficult going.'  Read full review >
  • Gaynor Passmore - 'I really enjoyed this historical novel although I was a bit daunted at first as it is quite a long book.  However, I did find it easy to read and soon got into it.' Read full review >

Robyn Young Press Reviews

'Immaculately researched and carefully written, evoking a very particular - and largely unexplored - time and place. The fights are sensational.' Daily Telegraph


'Young's fans will not be disappointed as she meticulously ploughs through the sweep of history and brings to life one of its most enigmatic characters' Daily Mail


'It is so graphic you can immediately put yourself there, imagining the faces and the clash of weapons. It also elaborates on the historical context and fleshes out the characters. It draws you in and is a compelling novel you cannot put down. So much research must have gone into the book; the detail is incredible. I enjoyed it so much.' The BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Book Club


'Richly worked and captivating ... an epic story of war, intrigue and heroism' Good Book Guide on BRETHREN


'The fast and furious start to a majestic new trilogy Women and Home Leads you in swiftly and doesn't let you go' Australian Women's Weekly


'This tale captures the struggles of a tumultuous time' Australian Daily Telegraph


'another fine novel by Young and a promising start to an exciting new series' Canberra Times


'This is a big book, and the trilogy a huge project to undertake. From the evidence so far, Young's fans will not be disappointed as she meticulously ploughs through the sweep of history and brings to life one of its most enigmatic characters' Daily Mail


'Action-packed historical novel about Robert The Bruce. A fighting start to a new trilogy. Sun Ideal for anyone who loves historical fiction and anyone else who wants a well written and intricate read' Sentinel (Staffordshire)


'A cracking plot and charismatic characters are set against the convincingly researched background of the violent, gory Anglo-Scottish civil wars' Saga


'Given the events are fixed in historical fiction, the trick is to find supplementary reasons for actions, and Young's conceit - that Edward I is trying to capture four relics (one of which is the Stone of Destiny) - gives a great ulterior motivation. The learning is never cumbersome, a deft trick when describing medieval warfare in all its clunking barbarism.' Scotsman


'Young writes with remarkable accuracy, action-packed efficiency and gut-wrenching violence' The Times on REQUIEM


'An outstanding contemporary writer' Kate Mosse on Robyn Young


A sweeping historical adventure as well as a cracking sequel' Financial Times on CRUSADE


'One of the best historical debuts in recent memory. Exciting and enthralling.' John Connolly on BRETHREN


'Wonderful ... loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue Steve Berry on BRETHREN Like Young's other historical novels, INSURRECTION is meticulously researched ... a treat for any fans of the Scottish Wars of Independence.' Historical Novel Review

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ISBN: 9780340963661
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Format: Paperback

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About Robyn Young

Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives and writes in Brighton full-time. Her first novel, Brethren, was the bestselling hardback debut novel of 2006, with the paperback also going straight into the top ten bestseller list. Two more bestsellers followed, Crusade and Requiem, completing the Brethren trilogy, which has now sold over a million copies and been translated into nineteen languages.   The inspiration for Robyn's new trilogy, which began with Insurrection and continues in Renegade, grew out of an ...

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