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The Crown In The Heather (The Bruce Trilogy (2010)

by N. Gemini Sasson(Favorite Author)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 1
N. Gemini Sasson
The Bruce Trilogy
review 1: Ah, 4.5 stars. Very well written. Well-defined and vibrant writing — considering how murky historical fiction literature can be when dealing with so many characters, titles, countries, wars, and OMG…the tangled blood relations that are beyond what we would consider a complicated family tree these days. If it wasn't for another author, Sharon Penman, being the master storyteller of this genre, I would easily have rated it 5 stars.(This is the first book of the "The Bruce Trilogy.")
review 2: A 3.5 star read for me. I was almost 50% through the book before I felt a real connection with the characters. To be honest I don't know much about Scottish history other then seeing the movie Braveheart and reading 2 books on Mary Queen of Scots and having also read all
... more of the Outlander series. I also was somewhat confused with the political intrigue. I did like how the story was told through the POV of 3 different main characters: Robert the Bruce, James "Black" Douglas and Edward, Prince of Wales, who will eventually be King Edward II of England. The book starts out with an historical note which explains why Scotland in the year 1290 is without a king. The prologue begins in the year 1306 with Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, with his loyal troops and family members hiding from England's army in the forests of Antholl. The rest of the story is told in flashbacks beginning in 1290, Perth, Scotland where The Four Guardians of Scotland are gathered with the heads of the clans to try to determine who should take control of Scotland and face Edward I, the current King of England. Robert the Bruce who is only 16 is there with his grandfather. As the story unfolds and Robert grows into a more mature young man he realizes that he will have to swear his allegiance to Edward I while secretly plotting against the English crown if he is to ever become King of Scotland. Even though this is a trilogy about Robert the Bruce, I felt that the character of James Douglas was the most fleshed out. His story starts as a very young boy who will eventually become Robert's most trusted friend. I'm looking forward to reading his story in the next 2 books.Edward II, the son of Edward I "Longshanks", is shown to be a very shallow young man who is thrust into his role simply because he is next in line for the throne. I've read a little about him online and realize that he was a very unpopular ruler (although he is still just The Prince of Wales in this book), but his father was such a cruel and unloving father that I almost felt sorry for Edward II. I'll eventually be reading #2 & #3 in this series. less
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Free Amazon Kindle today 7/10/12. Another one I've been waiting on to become free. Yay!
I know this usually has good reviews so I am blaming me. I just couldn't get into it.
Nope. Couldn't even finish this.
Free on Amazon 07/19/2012.
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