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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (23 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340839724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340839720
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 24.2 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Crusade is a sweeping historical adventure as well as a cracking sequel (Financial Times)

Wonderful... loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue. The Crusades come alive (Steve Berry on BRETHREN)

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

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 on BRETHREN)

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)

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 on BRETHREN)

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

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)

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

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)

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

Tipped to be the next Da Vinci Code (Elle)

Swords clash in the first sentence of Young's latest - a sequel to her bestselling debut BRETHREN - and go on clashing throughout. If you like your history with plenty of action, and the minimum of tricksiness, then this second part of a proposed trilogy is for you.

All this is stitched together into a narrative whose attention to historical detail is offset by its pacey dialogue. Equally enjoyable is the relief from the gorier episodes - poisonings, stabbings and impalings - that were evidently all in the line of duty for the average 13th Century Crusader.

(The Times)

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The epic second novel in the million-selling Brethren trilogy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on 10 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
The first thing I have to say about this book is that it's too long, and that should have been dealt with by some decent editing. I love a bit of good descriptive writing, but sometimes one can have just too many adjectives, too carefully detailed a reaction, too much introspection and too deep an insight into characters' feelings. I suppose one of the biggest problems was feeling any real attachment to Will, and it's such a shame, because he's a brilliant idea for a character.

BUT, I think the setting and what Young does with it is excellent and most of the other characters are interesting and well-written. I like the way she juggles the action between locations and the way she describes the various fights and battles and I enjoyed the unfolding of events and development of (most of) the characters affected by them. I was a bit disappointed that we never really go to meet the Mongols, but apart from that, a pretty good read all in all, and I expect I'll read the final book; I see that it's about 100 pages shorter than this one, so let's hope that that's a reduction in the superfluous and not just a shortage of plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on 18 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
The story of Will Campbell began in `Brethren' and which continued in `Requiem' comes to its end in this dramatic, exciting installment. This outstanding historical masterpiece encapsulates brilliantly the bloody violence, heated rage and deep-rooted enmity of the times as the Templar Knights are brought vividly to life on the page. Will Campbell is a heroic character whose bravery, steel-mindset of determination and goodness of heart is commendable. Within this brilliant book alongside the ultimate finale to this enormous tale do you also find within, new unexpected happenings that threaten to turn everything on its head. Intense drama, thrilling nail-biting action and shocking events make this trilogy one of the most exceptional I have encountered within this genre!

Will Campbell is a Templar Knight, trained for war. But as a member of the secret brotherhood known as the Brethren, he is also a man of peace. After years of bloodshed, the Brethren have helped to create an uneasy truce between the Christian and Muslim forces in the Holy Land. But there are those on both sides for whom peace is not an option. And when an assassination attempt is made on the new Grand Master of the Temple, Campbell finds himself caught in a devastating web of deception and destruction as the Eastern World rushes headlong towards a catastrophic conflict...

Born to fight.
Born to protect.
Destined to be betrayed.

Intricately detailed, cleverly complex and beautifully written this exhilarating ride, action-packed story is just wonderful. Believable characters amidst a realistic setting, makes this atmospheric saga authentic to the core as Young evokes the era brilliantly. Robyn Young is an outstanding contemporary writer whose work never disappoints, leaving you sat on the edge of your seat wanting to read more!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas Thatcher on 5 May 2008
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For what it's worth, I thought that Brethren, the first in this yet-to-be-completed trilogy, was very good - the characters had depth, the storyline had credibility, it was a page-turner (never a bad thing if one has had to endure the hideous gloom of Thomas Hardy in one's youth) and the lovely Miss Young writes excellent and well-constructed English. It was a fine effort from one so young and also showed evidence of a great deal of careful historical research to root the novel in a bed of basic fact.

Unusually for me, I actually sought out Crusade with real eagerness and settled down on a particularly wet and horrible weekend (which also featured much Gordon Brown on the tele - that's how bad a weekend it was) to enjoy it. Enjoy it I did, but with some reservations and it seems unkind to criticise adversely because Miss Young has achieved a great deal. Here, again for what it's worth, are some of my reservations:

1. The novel is about 150 pages too long. There is no doubt that the author wanted to cram in as much as possible and build the book up to a cracking ending - but there are long passages where not a lot happens, and more by circumstance than by style, they plod.
2. The characters have become a little formulaic. The Sultan's evil advisor never talks, he hisses. Will's girlfriend is such an unspeakable drip that one is surprised she hasn't dissolved by the 4th chapter. The wronged friend who betrays his old mate and yet comes good at the end is tiresome. Yet I have to say that once again Robyn's depiction of life in Acre during the Crusades is good - hot, miserable, disease-ridden and run through with finance and the intrigues that always follow war and conflict. As J B Priestly said, "Sex, money and food cross all borders."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Linton on 3 Feb. 2009
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I got this book after reading the first one awhile ago and I got is cheap on Amazon and it did not disappoint. First it tells both sides of the story and that is interesting and it is a great read for men just because it has everything really and actually not badly written.
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I said in my review of the first book of this series that I was anticipating reading the rest of the series as I thoroughly enjoyed Brethren. Well I have read the second and am glad to say it is as good as the first, The drama and intrigue between the Mamluks and the Christians is the main story line but there are many others as well. That is what I liked most about this book; that the author could weave together so many plots and subplots into a very readable and enjoyable tale. I know that some readers of historical fiction look for historical accuracy over the fact of mere story telling…I am not one of those. For me it is enough to know that the Middle-East has always been in turmoil and probably always will be. If an author can take that turmoil and write an entertaining story involving the strife between Muslim, Jew and Christian then I am content. Given that premise, Robyn Young has done a marvelous job and I will be continuing my reading of her work. I give it 5 stars.

About the author:

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.
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