Renegade

by Robyn Young

Part of the Insurrection Trilogy Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Renegade

The second novel in the bestselling INSURRECTION trilogy, an epic new historical novel from the author of BRETHREN.

Renegade Synopsis

To fulfill his destiny, first he must swear allegiance to his enemy ...King Edward of England marches on Scotland, inspired by an Arthurian prophecy to unite the British Isles under one crown. Only one man stands in his way. Robert Bruce is determined to claim the throne of Scotland. But, on the run and hunted by a relentless assassin, his ambition appears far from being realised. And there are other families who hunger for the crown, old rivals gathering against him. Robert was always prepared to die on the battlefield, but in this deadly game of conquest, power and treachery, what else must he sacrifice to keep his hopes alive? RENEGADE is a dazzling story of conspiracy and divided loyalties, and a superb portrait of the medieval world.

Renegade Reader Reviews

Some of the members of the Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in this series, Insurrection. You can read their reviews below.

  • 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 >

Renegade Press Reviews

'Robyn Young has done it again with her sequel to INSURRECTION. With characteristic panache, Young carves a passionate route through the troubled, complex, divided and divisive times of Bruce and Wallace that makes sense of the many-folded treacheries, the back-stabbing and the coat-turning. She weaves the awe and magic of ancient relics with the bloody pragmatism of Edward's murderous army to create a glorious, bloody, passionate history that will appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory's Red Queen as much as to those who love Bernard Cornwell's Azincourt.' Manda Scott, internationally bestselling author of the Boudica series

 

'Robyn has a wonderful skill. She goes behind the history to the roots of legends and stories to pull up ever more convincing detail. In this book she goes to the beginning of the myths of the four nations that make up Britain. There is the Scottish Stone of Scone, the English Sword Curtana, the Crown of Arthur from Wales, and from Ireland, the Staff of Malachy. According to prophecy, when these are all gathered together, the Kingdom of Britain shall be once more at peace ... This book is gripping, exciting, and written with a swift, tense pace that grabs the reader and doesn't let go. It's the very best in modern historical writing, and Robyn is here at the peak of her abilities.' Michael Jecks

 

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

 

'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

 

'The learning is never cumbersome, a deft trick when describing medieval warfare'
Scotsman

'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...brings to life one of [history's] most enigmatic characters'
Daily Mail

 

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

 

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

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

 

'An outstanding contemporary writer Kate Mosse on Robyn Young A gripping new historical novel
... an epic tale of greed, intrigue and war, set against a wild landscape.' The Lady

 

'The best historical fiction doesn't just recreate the past, it speaks to the present. Robyn Young has the knack of finding subjects that resonate.' The Big Issue

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ISBN: 9780340963692
Publication date: 18/07/2013
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340963692
Publication date: 18th July 2013
Author: Robyn Young
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

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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