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Renegade

Renegade

King Edward I of England marches on Scotland, inspired by an Arthurian prophecy and aiming to unite the British Isles under a single crown.

One man alone can thwart Edward’s plan. But on the run in Ireland, hunted by a relentless assassin, Robert Bruce seems a long way from achieving his ambition.

Born to a line of kings, Robert will not bow to a conqueror. Robert finds that to survive he must abandon everything he holds dear. He was always prepared to die on the battlefield – but who else must he sacrifice to keep his hopes alive?

Renegade is a dazzling story of conspiracy and divided loyalties, battle and betrayal, and a superb portrait of the medieval world.

(P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

On Sale: 30th August 2012

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781444722611

Reviews

Immaculately researched and carefully written, evoking a very particular - and largely unexplored - time and place. The fights are sensational.
<i>Daily Telegraph</i>
'A cracking plot and charismatic characters are set against the convincingly researched background of the violent, gory Anglo-Scottish civil wars'
<i>Saga</i>
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
<i>Daily Mail</i>
'this tale captures the struggles of a tumultuous time'
Australian <i>Daily Telegraph</i>
Richly worked and captivating . . . an epic story of war, intrigue and heroism
<i>Good Book Guide</i> on BRETHREN
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 <i>Boudica</i> series
Young writes with remarkable accuracy, action-packed efficiency and gut-wrenching violence
<i>The Times</i> on REQUIEM
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.
<i>The Big Issue</i>
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
<i>Daily Mail</i>
'Ideal for anyone who loves historical fiction and anyone else who wants a well written and intricate read'
<i>Sentinel</i> (Staffordshire)
The fast and furious start to a majestic new trilogy
<i>Women and Home</i>
another fine novel by Young and a promising start to an exciting new series
<i>Canberra Times</i>
An outstanding contemporary writer
Kate Mosse on Robyn Young
Action-packed historical novel about Robert The Bruce. A fighting start to a new trilogy.
<i>Sun</i>
'leads you in swiftly and doesn't let you go'
<i>Australian Women's Weekly</i>
Robyn Young writes smart history beautifully. From the first page, I was captivated by her descriptions of scenes, people and emotions . . . The detail that Robyn Young brings to the history is remarkable. It mixes here, just a little, with a slight air of mystery - Edward's aspirations to be a new Arthur, the staff and the other royal relics, the witch banished to the outskirts of a town, the foretold destiny of Robert Bruce . . . RENEGADE is an enjoyable read with enormous depth and detail, the result of Robyn Young's intricate historical research and knowledge and her considerable talent as a storyteller.
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Superbly written with pace and great attention to detail
<i>Historical Novels Review</i>
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