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LOVERS OF CASTLES, KEEPS, KNIGHTS, AND SCOTTISH LORE WILL ENJOY THIS NOVEL!

Covering the years 1296 to 1330, the book brings to life the struggles of disparate and often warring Scottish clans to name a king they can all support while striving to rid Scotland of rule by the English kings Edward I, II, and III. Robert the Bruce, James Douglas, and William Wallace are among the familiar Scots portrayed here. We also meet Queen Isabella, wife of Edward II, plus a myriad of other characters including Edward II’s male lovers, some interesting clerics, a group of Knights Templar, and Isabelle MacDuff, a Scotswoman who played an important role in the crowning of Robert Bruce. Glen Craney makes it clear that he has fictionalized the details and stories of historic characters about whose personal lives little is known. He has done extensive research, nicely displayed in his use of the vernacular and in his descriptions of countryside, castles, and towers. The book moves steadily and kept my unflagging interest, much of that driven by Craney’s writing style which fits the era in its elegance. The book includes intricate battle scenes based on real events, minor love scenes, and some gore. Lovers of castles and keeps, knights, and the lore of Scottish clans will thoroughly enjoy this well-written novel.

~ Rosemary Fifield (TopShelf Reviews)