Kingdom

by Robyn Young

Part of the Insurrection Trilogy Series

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Fans of Robyn Young will know of her superb research for this is the concluding volume of an epic trilogy of Robert the Bruce, so the first half of the book concentrates on Robert running for his life in the face of the brutal English and uncontrollable Scottish clans (no spider I’m afraid!).  The second half, when Robert gets his support and advances, is in quite a different gear.  We now have great battle scenes, Robert having to manage his brother’s excesses, his own affair, his wife’s affair, chaos in the English court and the eventual battle of Bannockburn.  All thrilling stuff.  Pretty topical in the referendum year!

 

The Insurrection Triology:

1. Insurrection

2. Renegade

3. Kingdom

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Kingdom Synopsis

TWO NATIONS. ONE DESTINY. Robert Bruce has achieved his great ambition to be crowned King of Scotland, but now Edward of England marches north, determined to destroy him. But the English are not Robert's only enemies. By murdering his great rival, John Comyn, Robert has split the kingdom apart. Forced to flee into the wilderness, where he faces treachery and heartbreak at every turn, Robert must try slowly, surely, to regain the respect of a nation. Fighting from the mountains and the remote Western Isles, with the support of a few brave men and the alluring noblewoman, Christiana, Robert drives towards the place where he will meet King Edward and decide the future of Scotland, in an epic confrontation near the village of Bannockburn.

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Kingdom 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 >

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780340963722
Publication date: 12/03/2015
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780340963708
Publication date: 19/06/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340963722
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Author: Robyn Young
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, 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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