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Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and a fishing village in Devon, during which time she won awards for poetry and edited a regular page in a regional newspaper. After hitchhiking to Brighton at 19, she worked as a festival organiser, a music promoter and a financial advisor. She wrote two novels before gaining a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex.

Her first published novel, BRETHREN, went straight into the Sunday Times top ten, where it remained for five weeks, becoming the bestselling hardback debut of the year. It entered the New York Times top twenty on publication in the US and was named book of the year by German newspaper Bild. Her second novel, CRUSADE, reached number 2 and REQUIEM completed the trilogy. In 2007, Robyn was named one of Waterstone's twenty-five 'authors of the future', judged by a panel of one hundred industry insiders who were asked to nominate the authors they believed would contribute the greatest body of work over the next quarter century.

The inspiration for Robyn's new bestselling trilogy, which began in 2010 with INSURRECTION and continued in 2012 with RENEGADE, was inspired by a research trip to Scotland and is based on the life of Robert Bruce. The third novel, KINGDOM, will be published in 2014 in the month of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Alongside writing novels, Robyn has collaborated on a WWII screenplay. Her novels have been published in 22 countries in 19 languages and together have sold almost 2 million copies.

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Wonderful... loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue. The Crusades come alive (Steve Berry, author of THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

BRETHREN is one of the best historical debuts in recent memory. Exciting and enthralling, it gripped me from the first page and left me waiting anxiously for the next instalment (John Connolly, author of THE BLACK ANGEL and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS)

Rich historical detail, clever plotting and engaging characters . . . a historical thriller that will have readers turning pages and envisioning the sequel (Publishers Weekly)

Pacy and well-written, with vivid, convincing characters, Brethren captures your interest until the last page. I eagerly anticipate the sequel, knowing I will not be disappointed (Alison Weir)

Intricate, compelling, captivating and, above all, believable ... a brilliant piece of sustained imagination (David Boyle, author of BLONDEL'S SONG)

Robyn Young's BRETHREN is a truly excellent novel. The thirteenth century is vividly and excitingly evoked ... I can't wait for the sequel! (Mark Philpott, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford)

'Stirring...carefully researched' (Publishing News)

A sweeping historical adventure with strong characters and serious verve...hits all the big emotional points...Can't wait for the next two volumes! (Sarah Weinman (Baltimore Sun, Shots Magazine, Galleycat blog))

If you love the Templars, the Crusades, and the Middle Ages, this is the book for you. Robyn Young is an exciting new voice that speaks loudly (Sharon Penman, author)

'Engaging and enjoyable - Robyn Young brings the tumultuous medieval world to life with pace and flair' (Tom Harper, author, Knights Of The Cross)

Richly worked and captivating...an epic story of war, intrigue and heroism (Good Book Guide)

Tipped to be the next Da Vinci Code (Elle)

El Cid meets The Da Vinci Code! Exciting, page-turning fiction (Simon Mayo's Book Panel, BBC Radio Five Live)

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The epic international bestselling novel that brings the Crusades vividly to life, now available in a stunning new format.

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