by Robyn Young
Part of the Insurrection Trilogy series
1286 A.D. Scotland is in the grip of the worst winter in living memory.
Some say the Day of Judgement has arrived. The King of Scotland rides out from Edinburgh into the stormy night.
On the road he is murdered by one of his own men, leaving the succession to the throne wide open.
Civil war threatens as the powerful Scottish families jostle for power, not knowing that King Edward I of England has set his own plans for conquest in motion. But all is not destined to go Edward's way. Through the ashes of war, through blood feuds and divided loyalties, a young squire will rise to defy England's greatest king.
His name is Robert Bruce. Insurrection is the first in an addictive and action-packed trilogy in the tradition of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell and Manda Scott.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 672 pages, Map
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 04/08/2011
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780340963661
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Review by maccy_P
This is an amazing book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or has an interest in Scotland. My only issue is that there are so many characters, often with similar names, so remembering their roles and loyalties can be difficult: Not that this is the authors fault, I think she made the right choice in keeping the historic figures and not attempting to amalgamate three lords in to one character or something similar.It maybe that I read this over a period of time (three months) and at various speeds (I've read the latter half over the last couple of week) that the plot becomes deeper and richer near the end. While it is very interesting to hear about the training medieval knights would have received, the battles and politics that involve Robert later on, are much more evolving. I will say that the battle scenes are on par with Simon Scarrow's and are not drawn out but remain detailed and exciting.While it is over 600 pages long, the novel needs to be this length to allow Robert, and some other main characters, to develop. However, with the amount of characters there is the inevitable lack of depth to some. For example, James Stewart's character traits are 'loyal to Bruce' and 'respected noble'. Perhaps Young could have used her poetic license to give these historical figures deeper personalities.Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. I has also peaked my interest in both Scottish and the High Middle Ages. I would love to know more about them so that I can place this very detailed story into it's place in history. I look forwards to the next book of this series, as well as investigating Young's trilogy.