The internationally bestselling first instalment in the epic BRETHREN trilogy.
Will Campbell longs to become a Knight Templar, but first he must serve as apprentice to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, a man of dangerous secrets.
Amir Baybars has fought his way from slavery to become a fearsome commander, driven by an unquenchable desire to free his people from the European invaders of the Holy Land.
These two men are destined to collide, in that extraordinary clash of civilizations know in the West as the Crusades.
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, author of THE BLACK ANGEL and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS
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
Engaging and enjoyable - Robyn Young brings the tumultuous medieval world to life with pace and flair - Tom Harper, author, Knights Of The Cross
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, author
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 (Baltimore Sun, Shots Magazine, Galleycat blog)
Wonderful... loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue. The Crusades come alive - Steve Berry, author of THE TEMPLAR LEGACY
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 was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives and writes in Brighton full-time. Her first novel, BRETHREN, was the bestselling hardback debut novel of 2006, with the paperback also going straight into the top ten bestseller list. Two more bestsellers followed, CRUSADE and REQUIEM, completing the Brethren trilogy, which has now sold over a million copies and been translated into nineteen languages.
The inspiration for Robyn's new trilogy, which began with INSURRECTION and continues in RENEGADE, grew out of an earlier research trip to Scotland. Robyn explains: 'Day by day, out of the pages of history and the wild landscape, one figure came striding, larger, clearer than all the others - Robert the Bruce. He swept me off my feet and carried me into a story of bitter family feuds, two civil wars and the struggle for the crown. I realised there was no way this character could play a cameo role in another man's story. His tale was too powerful, too intricate and too good to be cut down and boxed to fit.'
To find out more about Robyn Young and her historical novels, visit her website at www.robynyoung.com and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RobynYoungAuthor and follow her on Twitter @RobynYoung36