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The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)

The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

N. Gemini Sasson
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To be the ruler of the land was the ultimate prize of nobility. "The Crown in the Heather" is the first book of the Bruce trilogy, following the Bruce family as they are embroiled in the British Isles noble affairs at the end of the thirteenth century. Robert the Bruce is split between the crown and love, as must compete with not only his family's rivals in Scotland, but the clan of the King of England. "The Crown in the Heather" is a riveting read for fans of medieval intrigue fiction.
--Midwest Book Review, October 9, 2010

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In 1290, Scotland is without a king. Two families - the Bruces and the Balliols - vie for the throne. Robert the Bruce is in love with Elizabeth de Burgh, the daughter of an adherent of the ruthless Longshanks, King of England. In order to marry her and not give up his chances of someday becoming King of Scots, Robert must abandon his rebel ways and bide his time as Longshanks' vassal. But Edward, Longshanks' heir, doesn't trust the opportunistic Scotsman and vows to one day destroy him. While quietly plotting his rebellion, Robert is betrayed by one of his own and must flee Longshanks' vengeance. Aided by the unlikely brilliance of the soft-spoken young nobleman, James Douglas, Robert battles for his throne. Victory, though, is never certain and Robert soon learns that keeping his crown may mean giving up that which he loves most-his beloved Elizabeth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Cader Idris Press (4 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V5X9N6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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N. Gemini Sasson is the author of six historical novels set in 14th and 15th century Scotland, England and Wales, including The Bruce Trilogy and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist in Historical Fiction). Her latest release is Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

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Books by N. Gemini Sasson:
- In the Time of Kings (Time Travel Romance/Adventure, set in medieval Scotland) -
***Release date Sept. 14, 2013***
- The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I)
- Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II)
- The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III)
- Isabeau: A Novel of Queen ISabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (The Isabella Books)
- The King Must Die: Murder and revenge in the time of Edward III (The Isabella Books)
- Uneasy Lies the Crown: A Novel of Owain Glyndwr

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crown in the Heather 10 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a hidden gem in the cheap Kindle downloads. A brilliant book which I read in a couple of sittings. Really conjures up evocative images of the time, with strong characterisation and a good plot line. Had me searching for the Braveheart DVD. Enough said!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Storytelling 12 Jun 2010
"The Crown in the Heather" is an exceptionally well-written novel, brought to life particularly by the stunning scenery of Scotland and the writer's wonderful talent for enacting human drama. It's a story of both triumph and despair, of courage and fear, with prose that is infused with irresistable touches of imagery and pace. Such is the writer's ability to engage the reader that I found this nigh-on impossible to put down.

The story chronicles the struggles and challenges of Robert the Bruce in an increasingly unstable Scotland with the brutal Longshanks, King of England, shadowing everything. Robert aims to secure the crown of Scotland but he faces many enemies in his quest, and his problems are only compounded by his love for Elizabeth, daughter of one of Longshanks's allies. The English king is callous and untrustworthy, and Robert is forced into flight by a cruel betrayal. Torn from his wife and daughter, he must make a stand against a ruthless foe if he is to achieve all that his heart desires.

The central character, Robert the Bruce, is a very strong individual who can both fight and love with equally passionate intensity. The unfolding of Scotland's history in the 14th century is protrayed with an expert hand, allowing us to meet all the pivotal players in a way that is both informative and superbly entertaining. The style is absorbing, the tension is ever-mounting. A truly unforgettable novel, I can't recommend nor praise this highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the love of Scotland ... 9 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a marvellous fictional account of a dramatic period in Scottish history that has inspired the imagination of writers through centuries and more recently film makers across the globe. I read it a couple of years ago and the broad and vivid strokes the writer uses to portray both the stunning beauty of the Scottish landscape and the multi-layered complexity of the characters and the challenges they faced has lingered in my memory. My knowledge of Scottish history is woefully lacking and previously was limited to folkelore from childhood stories and a nod towards the Wallace Monument when passing in the car. This book brought everything to life for me. It's beautifully written and I recall being so gripped by the story that I read it over just a few days and was enriched by the experience. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Try, try again 26 Sep 2013
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I enjoy history, I love well written fiction and my name is Bruce: what could possibly go wrong? The main weakness in this book is that the characters are too shallow and that left me indifferent to their fate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tried But Failed 22 Oct 2012
By ExecBum
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Tried to read this book and stuck with it until about a quarter of the way through, but I'm afraid it just didn't grip me. It had that feel of 'I know I should be interested...but I'm just not.' Gave up on it in the end, so don't know if it gets any better further on in the story, but I gave up on it before it got to the point. Couldn't really recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 23 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one book I highly recommend. I love medieval, it's one of my favourite genres to read. I am not a fan of first person, which this book is, but the writing was so good, so involving that I was soon, within the first three pages, absolutely hooked.
The story of Robert the Bruce, the English dominance and Scotland's struggles for independance is told through the eyes of Robert the Bruce, Prince Edward of England and a Scottish lesser nobleman, James Douglas. When reading from each person's point of view you are taken into their world with such deft writing that is so well craft and absorbing that you forget the world around you, at least I did.

The Crown in Heather by N. Gemini Sasson is an outstanding read and the author should be widely praised for her portrayal of a trubulent time in Scotland's history. The detailed research is richly woven into a magnificent story that blends seemlessly between the facts as we know them and authoritive fiction.

Do yourself a favour and buy this book. It is a keeper for me on my Kindle and one I will also buy in paperback.

With the wonderful speed of Kindle I am buying the sequel, Worth Dying For. I believe there is a third book to be written.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Scotmans viewpoint 21 Jan 2012
By Grampar
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I found this book a pleasant read, despite the dreadful American spelling in what is essentially a book about events in a very important time in Scotlands history. The telling of this period in Scotlands history, as work or works of fiction, have been done by many authors over the years and in recent times, without a doubt ,Nigel Tranters trilogy is by far and away the best. In this first book in this particular trilogy there are two extremely important events that are glossed over. They are, the betrayal, arrest, journey from Glasgow to London, " trial" and execution of Sir William Wallace and the crowing of King Robert - Robert the Bruce on the ancient Crowning Stone at Scone in Perthshire. The end of Sir William Wallaces life was pivitol in the Scottish psyche in that his stand for the Scottish people has given the ordinary Scot that sense of nationhood and the murder of Wallace in a " legal" way by the Hammer of the Scots,yet another name for Longshanks or Edward 1st of England, only strenghtened the Scottish Nation's resolve for independence. The Crowning of King Robert was a message to all Nations, Kings and Emperors and the Vatican, that Scotland was an ancient Kingdom and was not servile to and owed no fealty to England in any way or sense, or to the Hammer in particular. The treatment of these two very important events in Scotlands history are treated in an abysmal way in this book. Yes it is a work of fiction and that is why I have described it as a pleasant read but if it in any way wants to capture the character that makes the Scots what they were and indeed are to this day, then the author cannot almost ignore significant events or gloss over them as she has done in this book. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and over-long
I read this book as part of a five book 'box-set' on kindle. It never really engaged me and I was often confused about which character was narrating the chapter I was reading. Read more
Published 3 days ago by S. Farnaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 10 days ago by Johnboy 10
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is the first of a trilogy about Robert the Bruce. It is the fourth of her historical novels I have read, but whereas I quite enjoyed her brace of novels about Isabella... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Hopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Fictional but thrilling
In this first book of the Bruce Trilogy a great fictional (and not of course historically accurate) account is given of a very turbulent and important dramatic time in Scottish... Read more
Published 4 months ago by NaCl2
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotlands Greatest Hero
A very good fictional story of a complicated leader of a nation but a reflection of the times is well written
Published 6 months ago by JAMES KEEGAN
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crown in the Heather
I chose this book as I enjoy reading historical fiction and it did not disappoint. Having read a lot about English history it was interesting to make the link with Scottish history... Read more
Published 9 months ago by joan callaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy)
When you get history at school it does not fill in the suffering that is endured to achieve the goals of a king, this puts a story to these hardships that are overcome.
Published 9 months ago by Robbie L
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Well constructed and a good story. will certainly read the rest of the trilogy. I have read the first part of the Robert Low Bruce triology which whilst a good story was quite... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephen G
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland v England.
This was for me an interestingly good read. One needs to read lengthy passages at a time to get the meaning gist of the action.
Published 15 months ago by Revd allsop
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crown in the Heather
Really well written and the characters were very real people so I was kept interested in what was happening to them.Will read part 2!
Published 15 months ago by Heather Pretty
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“It will pass, James. All storms do.” He sank down on his haunches to hide from the lash of wind. “Men are born and die. Kingdoms soar and crumble. Yet still the sun rises and sets. Few things are sure, but that there will always be a tomorrow and everything that has a beginning, also has an end.” &quote;
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