The Crown in the Heather: The Bruce Trilogy: Book I: Volume 1 Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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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.
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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.
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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Deals well with the relationship between the Bruce and the Hammer of the ScotsPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting and inspiring insight into various aspects of Bruce's position relative to the English crown and his relationships witht he other contenders for the crown of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William F.