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Brethren (Brethren Trilogy 1) [Hardcover]

Robyn Young
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Writing medieval stories is one of the toughest jobs in historical fiction, because there are so many details we just don't know - how people talked to each other, how they loved each other. But Robyn Young has written an intricate, compelling, captivating and, above all, believable story. BRETHREN is a brilliant piece of sustained imagination. (David Boyle, author of BLONDEL'S SONG: The Capture, Imprisonment & Ransom of Richard the Lionheart)

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)

A wonderful romp through a tulmultuous time loaded with medieval atmosphere, action, and intrigue. The Crusades come alive for what they were - personal battles of conquest and ambition. Robyn Young is a writer who bears watching. (Steve Berry, bestselling author of THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

'I was lucky enough to recieve an advance copy of this book, working in the book trade, and I was instantly blown away by the cover but the real treat lies inside. The story within is beautifully written and the research that has been done for this book shows in every amazing description. I would urge anyone to pick this up and read it. A deep, fast paced adventure extraordinare, beautifully crafted and filled with passion, intrigue and excitement taking the reader from the Scottish Highland to England, France and finally to the Holy Land. From the first word to the last it is impossible to put down. Robyn Young really brings alive the turmoil and politcal machinations of the medieval age creating a stunning debut.' (M. R. Houlton-hart, bookshop, Bury St Edmunds, review on Amazon)

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 Kay 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)

Book Description

Hodder's biggest fiction launch of autumn 2006, in the bestselling tradition of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden

From the Publisher

'I love the way Robyn creates such a strong sense of time and place,' says Nick Sayers, 'while keeping an enjoyably modern tone to her writing. She makes you feel always that these are people just like us, but living and breathing in the thirteenth century.'

From the Inside Flap

From the burning plains of Syria to the filthy backstreets of Paris and London, Brethren is the story of Will Campbell, coming of age in a time of conspiracy, passion, politics and war.

Will has been brought up from boyhood in the ways of the all-powerful Order of the Knights Templar. With a tragedy in his past that looms over his future, he faces a long, hard apprenticeship to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, before he can have any chance of becoming a Knight. As he struggles to survive in the harsh discipline of the Temple, Will must try to make sense of many things: his own past, the dangerous mystery that surrounds Everard, and his confused feelings for Elwen, the strong-willed young woman whose path seems always to cross his own.

Meanwhile, a new star is rising in the East. A ruthless fighter and brilliant tactician, the former slave Baybars has become one of the greatest generals and rulers of his time. Haunted by his early life, he is driven by an unquenchable desire to free his people from the European invaders of his homeland.

With page-turning suspense and thrilling action, Brethren brilliantly evokes that extraordinary clash of civilizations known in the West as the Crusades. Robyn Young portrays a rich cast of characters, reflecting on each side greed, ambition and religious fanaticism, as well as courage, love and faith.

About the Author

Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has worked as a festival organizer, a music promoter, an investment advisor and as a teacher of creative writing. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives in Brighton.
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