The King's Swift Rider: A Novel on Robert the Bruce
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The King's Swift Rider: A Novel on Robert the Bruce

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"Are you there--the man they are hunting? Can you hear me? If you can, come quickly to the river, and I will save you."

Sixteen-year-old Martin Crawford succeeds in rescuing this fugitive--only to be surprised that the hunted man is none other than Robert the Bruce, rightful King of Scots. Hoping to lead a quiet life, Martin instead is asked by the king to commit himself

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Paperback, 242 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Harpercollins Childrens Books (first published September 30th 1998)
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Heather
Heather Stewart
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Robert the Bruce was the rightful king of Scotland and had been crowned as such but was not recognized by Edward, king of England. This story details the battles fought by Robert the Bruce against England and his own Scotsmen to gain freedom for his country. The accounts of the battles he fought with so few men and won were heartwarming you could feel in your own heart the people of Scotland rally to their king. It is told from the perspective a young boy who joined the k...more
Bish Denham
Except for a few stylistic adverbs that could have been eliminated or changed, this is an excellent novel about Robert the Bruce's unwavering quest to free Scotland from English tyranny. It is told through the eyes of Martin, a young boy who inadvertently saves the Bruce and who then becomes the king's swift rider, a person who delivers messages to the king's various friends and allies. Martin also spies for him. I got a good sense of the history that was happening during those turbulent years o...more
Cindy
Mar 11, 2009 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, teachers, older boys
This book opens with a manhunt. Martin is hunting rabbits for his family's dinner when he sees a man being pursued by English soldiers. He decides to help the man escape. Later the man arrives at his home to thank him for his help. The man is actually Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots. He asks Martin and his brother to help him fight for Scotland's freedom from the English. Martin is no soldier. But he agrees to go with the king and help him in other ways. Martin begins as a page, but Robert s...more
Heather
Both typical and better than average young adult historical fiction. As with so much of the genre, this book is a first person narrative of a fictional, but probable young character who works closely with the main historical figure, Robert the Bruce. However, unlike many of the "diaries" and other YA novels, it never imposes modern sensibilities, morals, or assumptions on the character or the reader. In addition, it sticks as much as possible to historical events--mostly battles--that make it a...more
Joseph Colony
Overall, very good story line. I think that basis idea of it, being the retaliation of Robert the Bruce aided by a boy named Martin, is a very interesting concept. Possibly the reason that I liked this book as much to rate it four stars is that is a partial non-fiction story. The events that happened in the British invasion of Scotland are incorporated into this tale, and this is what really ties the knot for a pleased reader. If you are looking for excitement and adventure in a novel , then be...more
elissa
A 6th or 7th grade boy came in to the library one day and told me that this was HIS FAVORITE BOOK EVER, and I just HAD to read it. He wanted more books like it. I think he ended up with some fantasies, even though this is historical fiction. I was hoping he'd come back, so I read it myself, and got help compiling a list of more books like it. I never saw him again. Oh well, but it was worth reading. Set in Scotland in the middle ages.
Seth
Though I've never seen Braveheart (I know, weird right?) I have always cherished tales of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. This book is one of the best. The story follows a young boy in service to the Bruce as Scotland rebels against English rule. The writing is well done, the story is excellent, and the characters have depth--what more could you ask for?
Jenny
Martin is hunting when he sees a man being hunted by soldiers. He discovers the man is Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, so he leads the soldiers away. While Martin refuses to fight in the King's army, he feels a duty to help free his people. He becomes a messenger and spy for the King and helps turn the final battle for freedom for his country.
Christian Gash
Martin really has his hands full helping the King but he also does a very good job of it. The king asks many tasks of Martin and he never seems to fail. This book was definatly a good read, and a quick one. the book really caught my attention and left me wanting to read more and more. i recommend this book to everyone, u will really enjoy
Angelyn
Since Robert the Bruce is in my husbands ancestry and William Wallace is in mine I thought I should read some books on him. This is the first and I loved it. It's a great story for children ages 12 and up. Action packed with lots of struggles.
Marissa
An interesting historical fiction book about a boy, Martin's, experiences with Robert the Bruce and Scotland's War of Independence. It is fascinating to learn more about the war and the time period, and Martin makes for an engaging main character.
Michelle Harris
Overall it was pretty good...there were some slower parts but I think it had a good balance of battles and less intense moments.
Laurie
I loved this book about a young boy who becomes an assistant to Robert the Bruce, as they defend Scotland from the British.
Cami
Really meant for YA boys, but I really got into it. The story was fascinating!
Brian
Jul 26, 2013 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: youth
A short but good read for youth on the English Scottish wars and Bruce
Ma
Outstanding historical fiction. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Tootles
I have to say this is definately a great story.
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