From earliest childhood, Robert Bruce has pursued his destiny, but the road has been a hard one. Behind him lie battles, murder, intrigue, defeat, and betrayal, and though he has at last achieved his ambition to wear the crown, he has not yet learned the true meaning of kingship.
In Kingdom, Robert must come through his greatest tests, both personal and political, to lead his people towards the encounter with the English at Bannockburn which will echo down the centuries.
Kingdom is the thrilling final installment in the internationally best-selling Insurrection trilogy.
©2014 Robyn Young (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
Narrator does a great job, always great to hear a good accent done well.
Pretty true to history too, if my research is any good!
Being Scottish I was aware of the history involved in this story, but Young really has a talent for bringing the characters and their stories alive. The way she conveys the struggles - both corporeal and emotional, moral and even religious, that Robert Bruce, his family and followers went through is captivating and illuminating all at once.
Not only does she do this for the main heroes, she successfully brings alive the characters of the English knights who are often left out of the story in historical accounts, and perfectly portrays the menacing and powerful King Edward, a legend in his own right.
The narration was fantastic, particularly in capturing the subtleties in the various accents of the myriad characters. Being from Ayrshire where many parts of the book takes place, the only point I would make (and this is nitpicking to the extreme) is that the narrator mispronounces Loudoun as 'Loodun' when it is pronounced 'Loud-un'.
Overall a fantastic book performed excellently. I would highly recommend the trilogy for those familiar with the history as well as those new to this amazing tale of Scottish legend, brought beautifully to life by both Young and McCardle.
I listen nearly every day whilst painting, fife scotland
yes a good series, well read and good story
good pace and not offensive, thats just what you need
not its historical so we know what happens in the end!!
this series is good but preferred crusader series mainly because the story is more interesting historically
I seem to be a addicted to dark fantasy!!
Since listening to the first book three or four years ago I have been waiting eagerly for the final instalment of this trilogy. I enjoyed books one and two so much I was a little apprehensive that book three wouldnt live upto my expectations. I was wrong to worry!!
It starts off with the same pace and energy that book two finished on making it very hard to put down! Its clear that Robyn Young has researched the true events in great detail and this, mixed with her fictional writing, make this a masterpiece.
We all know how the story ends but its the way in which we are led to them that makes this book what it is. With fighting across Britain and forces outside of both King Edward and Bruce's control, the pace and momentum throughout the book continues to grow until both sides meet in one place. Bannockburn, where we encounter a bloody and savage end to a thrilling trilogy.
My favourite authors include: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, David Weber, Lois McMaster Bujold, Georgette Heyer, Ben Aaronovitch, J D Robb.
As a Scot with a lifelong interest in the Bruce and Wars of Independence, I was very interested to compare this to Nigel Tranter's Bruce trilogy - I WISH it was on unabridged Audio! - and found it fairly comparable. Well-written, detailed and some very interesting interpretations of events, particularly in Book 1. All 3 books are equally violent and gory - some of which is very hard to listen to. As a reflection of the times, it is almost too realistic.
I would have liked more than a short epilogue regarding the years after Bannockburn, but I suppose it's inevitable in a book published in 2014 that it would effectively end here. Like the Brethren trilogy, I found the end to be somewhat bittersweet and melancholy - just as in real life, there are no unalloyed happy endings.
Nick McArdle's narration is as ever superb. In fact, I am off to reread Tranter's Bruce trilogy, which if I am honest, I very much prefer to Young's, good as it is, and I will be hearing his voice as I read.
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