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Insurrection: Insurrection Trilogy Book 1 Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340963646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963647
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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immaculately researched and carefully written, evoking a very particular - and largely unexplored - time and place. The fights are sensational (Daily Telegraph)

The fast and furious start to a majestic new trilogy (Women and Home)

'leads you in swiftly and doesn't let you go' (Australian Women's Weekly)

'this tale captures the struggles of a tumultuous time' (Australian Daily Telegraph)

another fine novel by Young and a promising start to an exciting new series (Canberra Times)

This is a big book, and the trilogy a huge project to undertake. From the evidence so far, Young's fans will not be disappointed as she meticulously ploughs through the sweep of history and brings to life one of its most enigmatic characters (Daily Mail)

'Ideal for anyone who loves historical fiction and anyone else who wants a well written and intricate read' (Sentinel (Staffordshire))

'A cracking plot and charismatic characters are set against the convincingly researched background of the violent, gory Anglo-Scottish civil wars' (Saga)

Given the events are fixed in historical fiction, the trick is to find supplementary reasons for actions, and Young's conceit - that Edward I is trying to capture four relics (one of which is the Stone of Destiny) - gives a great ulterior motivation. The learning is never cumbersome, a deft trick when describing medieval warfare in all its clunking barbarism. (Scotsman)

Young writes with remarkable accuracy, action-packed efficiency and gut-wrenching violence (The Times on REQUIEM)

An outstanding contemporary writer (Kate Mosse on Robyn Young)

A sweeping historical adventure as well as a cracking sequel (Financial Times on CRUSADE)

One of the best historical debuts in recent memory. Exciting and enthralling. (John Connolly on BRETHREN)

Wonderful . . . loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue (Steve Berry on BRETHREN)

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

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Where Game of Thrones sets kingdoms at war within a fantasy world, the Insurrection trilogy is based on the breath-taking true story of Robert the Bruce's battle to become king.

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I really enjoyed this book, I love the era it is set in. With all the strong characters which the story is weaved and the turmoil the whole country was in, not just Scotland, England and Wales and parts of France. I never do spoilers, I guess most people know the ending haha, or maybe watched Braveheart which fleetingly involves Robert the Bruce. I did like the background story but a bit plodding in places. I would also would have liked more detail in the battles, in the Brethren books if I remember there was more detail. This is only a slight criticism and does not detract from the overall story. Well worth a read
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This is a novel about politics, successions within the nobility and the bid for Royal thrones. These central themes are woven into the period of time broadly labelled as the `Wars of Scottish Independence' and involve famous historical people including William Wallace, Robert Bruce and Edward Longshanks.

You may be wondering at this point one of two things; one, `well that sounds like all the ingredients for an interesting non-fiction historical study' or two, `I hope this is not a cheap rendition of "Braveheart" in the form of a book'. In response to the first point, I can definitely say that this is first and foremost a fictional novel set within the historical fiction genre. Robyn Young's writing style is compelling and fully dimensional. For example, she gently leads you into the story before unleashing the required history and knowledge of the local alliances and enmities necessary for a complete understanding of the background to the novel. In this way, you are fully immersed within the story and hardly notice the gradual inclusion of history which would probably put off a new reader if listed in its entirety at the beginning. In answer to the second point, this is certainly not a rehashed rendition of the famously historically inaccurate "Braveheart". Wallace, Bruce and Edward are completely different people within `Insurrection'. To me they appeared to be more balanced, grounded and possess a full range of human emotions in comparison to their relatively one sided cinematic counterparts. In addition to this statement, you will get the sense from reading the novel and then seeing the select bibliography at the end of the book that `Insurrection' is thoroughly well researched.
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Brilliant novel based on some of the facts I remembered from history lessons. If only teaching then was as good.
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This is the first novel in the "Insurrection" trilogy books covering the Scottish Wars of Independence.
"Insurrection" is a novel about English and Scottish politics, successions within the nobility and the bid for Scottish Royal thrones. Familiar historical people included in the novel include William Wallace and Robert Bruce.
I found the book rather confusing at the start - not having any knowledge of this particular period in history but as the book progressed any initial confusion was left behind and I began to thoroughly enjoy the book. The list of characters both fictional and real along with a family tree at the back of the book helped as did the way Robyn Young wrote the story.
The story starts in 1286 with the death of King Alexander III and follows the fight by all parties for the right to wear the Scottish Crown. The book also encompasses King Edward I attempts to quash the 1294-1295 revolt of the Welsh led by Madog ap Llywelyn.
This book is historical fiction at its best. The battle scenes are so realistic you can smell the spilt blood and it feels like that you are actually there the descriptions are so vivid!
I will definitely be reading the next 2 books in the series - this book has bought to life a period in history that has been a bit neglected by contemporary historical fiction which seems to prefer the War of the Roses, Roman times and Tudor/Elizabethan times.
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I had enjoyed Robyn Young's trilogy on the Knights Templar (although, if I am honest, the third book was a bit disappointing compared with the others) so I was eager to see what she made of the Scottish Wars of Independence. I was pleased to see that she was focusing on Robert Bruce, rather than William Wallace, as the Bruce, as well as actually becoming king (although not in this first book) is a more interesting character than Wallace.

Robert Bruce is particularly interesting because he equivocated so much over his support for rebellion against the English occupation of Scotland, notwithstanding his own claim to the throne. It is especially hard to understand quite why he kept changing his loyalties, despite the obvious reasons of pragmatism and self-interest. Robyn Young tries to get to the bottom of this ambiguity in his character, and does it rather well - while it might not answer the question historically, it is a shrewd attempt to get to the bottom of the Bruce's motivations.

Young manages the complex politics of the period well, and keeps the reader interested. The Bruce clan's feud with their well-known enemies, the Comyns, is believable and sustained, as is Robert Bruce's difficult relationship with his father, who retired to his Essex estates rather than take part in the insurrection against Edward I.

One has to feel sorry for Edward I, though.
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