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Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy #2)

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(THE BRUCE TRILOGY: BOOK II)

One day. One battle. Bannockburn, 1314.

The rise of Robert the Bruce. The vengefulness of James Douglas. And the ruin of Edward II.

Robert the Bruce has known nothing but hardship since seizing Scotland's crown. Parted from his wife and daughter and forced to flee through the Highland wilderness, he struggles to unite a kingdom divided by centu
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Cader Idris Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Steven
Sasson's second volume of her Bruce trilogy is as good as the first. Again, I am surprised by her handling of battle and combat scenes. She does not write those scenes like the typical female author. That alone is a compliment to her skill in my mind.

Sasson takes the popular view of Edward II's personality. I had hoped just a little that she might make a nod to some of the uncertainty that exists in actual historical research about Edward. But her story does not suffer and her characters are all
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Rebecca
I appreciated this book even more than the first, which I very much enjoyed. WORTH DYING FOR takes the reader deeper into the characters, to the point where I felt I knew them all intimately. Not just Robert, ("A sliver of the devil danced upon his tongue...") but James, his loyal and fierce warrior, "The Black Douglas," Edward II (I always want to write "poor Edward,") Piers, Isabella, Thomas Randolph, Elizabeth, Aithin, Robert's brother Edward, Christiania--the seductive yet sad character who ...more
Bobby
What a wonderful history lesson. This was an outstanding 2nd book in the trilogy about Robert the Bruce's battles with Edward I and Edward II. The language and descriptions are perfec
Cindy
Awesome book! Robert Bruce is still fighting for Scotland's freedom from King Edward II's rule. His men are injured and starving, but are still going to fight for what is rightfully theirs. King Edward II of England is having troubles of his own with the nobles of England that are suppose to be supporting him. In the battle of Bannockburn, Robert has finally United the feuding clans of Scotland in order to fight their English foe. Robert's wife and daughter are still being held captive by Edward ...more
Allison  Macias
Worth Dying For continues the struggles for the Scottish Crown. Robert Bruce and his companions live to see Scotland live free, while King Edward of England fights to retain control over this errant land. Bruce seeks to unite Scotland to forever by driving the English from Scotland's hills and lochs. He depends on his men, especially James "The Black" Douglas. But Robert aches for his old life, and that of his loved ones. His wife, daughter and two sisters are captives of Edward. His three broth ...more
Lisa
In book one, The Crown in the Heather, I was wanting a bit more detail in some parts, where it felt rushed or something, this one delivered in a big way. Wow. The Crown may have been the appetizer, this was definitely the main course and very satisfying. I'm hoping the next in this trilogy, The Honor Due a King will be the dessert.

Sasson fleshes out the characters more, so that the reader gets more emotionally attached. The battle scenes are horrific and Sasson does well at bringing them to life
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is the second book in the Bruce Trilogy, the first being The Crown In The Heather. It begins in 1306. The story is told in the first person but by several of the key players in this part of Scottish history. Robert the Bruce has been crowned King of Scotland but, Scotland is splintered into fighting factions as well as constantly invaded by the English who are now, with the death of Longshanks, ruled by Edward II. Robert's wife and daughter have been forced to flee for their lives and have ...more
Phyllis
The second book of The Bruce trilogy, Worth Dying For, was just as good as the first. I can't say how much I love this author. Her books are so easy to read. I can't put them down. I'm looking forward to reading the next.
Jackie Stanton
Feb 26, 2012 Jackie Stanton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
The second in the Robert the Bruce series by Sasson, this one covers the 8 year struggle for Scotland's struggle for independence from England in the early 14th century. Told from the points of view of the major characters (Robert the Bruce, James Douglas and Edward II of England), the novel covers the bloody war if independence, major battle by battle, of the Scots. The battle scenes are bloody and explicit, and one has a clear idea of the sacrifices and difficult lives of soldiers who fight fo ...more
Cheryl
Wow again! this the 2nd in The Bruce Trilogy is just as good albeit in a different way. We hear much more from King Edward and James Douglas than in the first installment and there is much more in terms of court politics and battle strategy. There is little in terms of relationship altho this edition does delve into the relationship between Isabella and Edward from Edward's POV. This book ends with the Scots spanking of the Brits at Bannockburn. As I stated in my previous review the history in t ...more
tara
Ah, 4.5 stars. Very well written. Well-defined and vibrant writing — considering how murky historical fiction literature can be when dealing with so many characters, titles, countries, wars, and OMG…the tangled blood relations that are beyond what we would consider a complicated family tree these days.
If it wasn't for another author, Sharon Penman, being the master storyteller of this genre, I would easily have rated it 5 stars.

(This is the second book of the "The Bruce Trilogy.")
Larry
This is the last of the trilogy about Robert the Bruce, and I thoroughly enjoyed all three. I was not used to different characters having different chapters from their voice, but it was worth getting used to. I already have her "4th" in the series, Isabeau, in my Kindle. I appreciate the pictures she painted of the time, and to learn more about these giants of the past, as well as their burrs.
♫Angielee♫
The second book of The Bruce Trilogy really builds on the characters. You really get to know them better and start to feel that you know each one personally.

Robert the Bruce, James "The Black" Douglas, King Edward II,

Very important battles are fought in this book and the author does a wonderful job of describing them.
Alison
Enjoyed the trilogy. I liked the way the author bent the history only a bit to enhance the story. As a child I had gone to the cave where Robert the Bruce had been inspired by the spider but was not aware of his part in Scottish history until I read these books.
Amy
This is book two of a trilogy I am enjoying very much. Sasson is an excellent writer, engaging and well writen this book is worthy of reading for shear enjoyment. Parts are fictious and parts are fact, but an very good read.
Anita
Book #2 in Robert The Bruce Trilogy. It's a great book if you enjoy historical fiction like I do. It is historically correct and that's important! So many characters interweave together during this turbulent time in history.
Nicole Gerrand
This is a worthy successor to the first one in the series and I got my wish of more details about the political maneuvering of Robert the Bruce an James Douglas. Can't wait to read the last one in the series
Brenda
Book 2 of the Bruce Trilogy. I am enjoying this book, a tad different read than the first one but still good and can recommend now onto book 3.
Melanie
Awesome, great read looking forward to reading more from this author.
Judy
Highly recommend if you like historical fiction.
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Former teacher and track coach. Runner, gardener, dog lover and sometimes farmer. Author of medieval historical fiction: The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I), Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II) and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer.
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Other Books in the Series

The Bruce Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy, #1)
  • The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy, #3)
The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy, #1) Isabeau: A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (The Isabella Books, #1) The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy, #3) Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr The King Must Die (The Isabella Books, #2)

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