First book of a sweeping trilogy from the fastest-growing author in historical fiction.
In the dusty heat of French fields, knights battle for supremacy in a fierce tournament. At its violent heart is Edward of England, who leads his men under the banner of the dragon, a potent reference to the legendary King Arthur. As heir to the throne, Edward has a vision for his future kingdom that will change the face of Britain forever.
Scotland is in the grip of the worst winter in living memory. Some say the Day of Judgement has come. The king of Scotland rides out from Edinburgh into the stormy dark. On the road he is murdered by one of his own men, leaving the succession to the throne wide open. Civil war threatens as powerful Scottish families jostle for power, not knowing that Edward, now king of England, has set his own plans in motion.
But all is not destined to go Edward's way. Through the ashes of war, through blood feuds and divided loyalties, a young squire will rise to defy England's greatest king. His name is Robert the Bruce. And his story begins in INSURRECTION.
This tale captures the struggles of a tumultuous time. - The Daily Telegraph
This historical fiction leads you in swiftly and doesn t let you go. This enjoyable page-turner is written with a light touch. - Australian Women's Weekly
Combining rich historical detail, clever plotting and engaging characters, Young has crafted a historical thriller that will have readers turning pages and envisioning the sequel. - Publishers Weekly on BRETHREN
Young has produced an intriguing novel based on the turbulent life of one of Scotland s greatest figures....a great combination of political intrigue, real historical figures and a new interpretation. In all, another fine novel by Young and a promising start to an exciting new series. - Canberra Times
A new trilogy that will have fans of historical fiction eagerly awaiting the sequel. - Country News
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
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