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

N. Gemini Sasson
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Love and loyalty. Betrayal and murder. What is the cost of a crown?

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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    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

    About the Author

    N. Gemini Sasson is the author of The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I), Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II), and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer. She holds a M.S. in Biology from Wright State University where she ran cross country on athletic scholarship. She has worked as an aquatic toxicologist, an environmental engineer, a teacher and a track and cross country coach. A longtime breeder of Australian Shepherds, her articles on bobtail genetics have been translated into seven languages.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2660 KB
    • Print Length: 300 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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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #742 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    N. Gemini Sasson is the author of two contemporary series, the Faderville Novels and Sam McNamee Mysteries, and seven historical novels set in 14th and 15th century Scotland, England and Wales. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

    Sasson is also a lifelong runner, serial remodeler, intrepid gardener, and longtime dog owner.

    If you'd like to learn more about N. Gemini Sasson's books or how to stalk her on Facebook, Twitter or via her blog, just go to

    Books by N. Gemini Sasson:
    - Say No More (A Faderville Novel)
    - Say That Again (A Faderville Novel), coming in March 2015
    - Memories and Matchsticks (Sam McNamee Mysteries: Book 1)
    - 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
    - In the Time of Kings (Time Travel Adventure)

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    7 of 7 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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    23 of 25 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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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars One Scotmans viewpoint 21 Jan. 2012
    By Grampar
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    7 of 8 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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    5.0 out of 5 stars History Comes Alive 30 July 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I have to declare an interest here, being a devotee of Scottish history, with a bias towards non-fiction. And I have read more than my fair share of Scottish literature. To my mind, "The Crown in the Heather" sits perfectly comfortably with the best historical fiction I have read.

    I tend to approach fiction - and especially fiction which touches on any of my favourite subjects - with trepidation, but I needn't have worried. N. Gemini Sasson has written a great book which really brings Robert the Bruce and his era to life. It fulfilled all the criteria for a good read - a real page-turner, with strong characters (the story is told from three alternating first-person perspectives) and beautifully recreated scenes, it more than held my attention: the end of every chapter just made me want to dive straight into the next, and coming to the end of the book was a disappointment, as it should be, because I didn't want the story to end.

    I simply can't wait to read the next two parts of the trilogy.
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