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Renegade (The Insurrection Trilogy #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  521 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
King Edward of England marches on Scotland, his campaign to unite the British Isles under one crown inspired by an Arthurian prophecy. He has already crushed Wales; now he needs only find the Staff of St Malachy, symbol of Irish nationhood, to achieve his implacable desire.
One man alone can thwart Edward’s plan. Leaving his war-torn home, Robert Bruce has sailed to Ireland
Hardcover, 426 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 04, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
Renegade (book two in the Insurrection Trilogy) was another solid offering from bestselling historical fiction author Robyn Young.
It detailed many of the more interesting events that took place during the lifetime of Robert Bruce and I am sure you will be moved by the way the author has presented them.

While I thought the book was a good read, I have to admit it read differently to the first one, Insurrection. I would even go so far as to say it was dramatically different. So dramatically differ
Krista Baetiong Tungol
I liked the author’s clear-cut writing style and imaginative world-building as with her first book, but through frequent Wikipedia sidetrips—and as somewhat confirmed too from her postscript statement—I realized that this series isn’t a faithful representation of historical events from the First War of Scottish Independence. Well, I don’t really have issues with historical fiction authors taking too much liberties with their story; only, I wished I’d read something from this period that is depic ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
Another good book by Robyn Young but still a bit on the slow side for me. I just feel like a slightly better editor with a bit more cutting could make this a five star book for me. It was still really interesting and a good read but if you're looking for a fast paced story, look elsewhere. The third book in the trilogy should be quite exciting, or so it seems.
Andrea Zsigmond
Jul 12, 2015 Andrea Zsigmond rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series! William Wallace's death is well depicted and brought me to tears.
Costea Constantin
May 10, 2017 Costea Constantin rated it it was amazing
Seria: Rebeliunea
by Robyn Young

Volumul 2: RENEGATUL

Original: Renegade (2012)

Anul apariției: 2017
Editura: NEMIRA
Număr pagini: 608


Renegatul, a doua carte a seriei lui Robyn Young, continuă povestea lui Robert de Bruce începută în Rebeliunea. Intrigi, lupte pentru putere, libertate şi independenţă şi bătălii glorioase şi sângeroase vă aşteaptă în acest nou volum.

După ce a cucerit tronul Angliei, Regele Edward se îndreaptă spre Scoția, hotărât să o cucerească. Un
Jun 12, 2017 Dean rated it it was amazing
Robyn Young's books are always a great read!!!! We need more from her!!
S.J.A. Turney
Aug 25, 2012 S.J.A. Turney rated it it was amazing
Renegade surprised me as much as the first book of the trilogy (Insurrection), and I'll explain why in a minute.

This story picks up where Insurrection left off, with the Bruce having made the decision that the crown of Scotland will be his. While Insurrection told the tale of Bruce's youth and formative years and the events that made him who he is, in Renegade he is now a grown man. This book moves the story on and tells the tale of how that young man moves from self-imposed exile to build a sta
Robin Carter
Nov 01, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
Robyn Young continues her latest series (Insurrection) with Renegade. Its an interesting choice for a series, write The Bruce wrong and alienate a chunk of Scotland, and she doesn't, She has written his in a sympathetic but honest style. Battling against the overly ambitious grasping hands of the English Knights (who lets face it were just a bunch of Norman descendants) Im not sure who (including the king) would feel safe around these guys. Survival and improved stature was a case of who c
Julia Molloy
May 22, 2014 Julia Molloy rated it really liked it
The second of her Insurrection trilogy, Robyn Young’s Renegade sees the return of Robert Bruce’s quest to sit on Scotland’s throne. As King Edward of England is closing in on Scotland, the former king John Balliol and the rebel William Wallace are stuck abroad and Robert is on a fruitless quest in Ireland. Will the Scot ever be able to return to his homeland and bring Scotland under his control, or is it too late to avoid the clutch of the English?

Young’s first trilogy, Brethren, proved her abil
Sep 13, 2012 Nick_britten rated it it was amazing
Renegade is the second book of Robyn’s Insurrection Trilogy.

We find Robert Bruce in Ireland after resigning the Guardianship of Scotland. He is a traitor to the English crown and has betrayed his friends and fellow Knights of the Dragon. He is searching for the last mythical treasure of Britain, The Staff of Jesus. If he can find it before the English he believes he can use it as a bargaining tool in his dealing with Edward I but European politics intervene and threaten to place his old enemy Jo
3.5 stars

The romp continues! The second book in Young's Insurrection trilogy about Robert the Bruce is just as great a read as the first in the series.

The start of the book is especially strong. Young uses the medieval imagination, full of prophecies, relics and rumors of mysterious orders to the fullest in creating her story. Her use of these (for modern readers - not so much for the medieval mind) fantastical elements together with her clear grasp of the period and the political and military s
Michael Jecks
Aug 06, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it it was amazing
Renegade is the second in the series of stories based on Robert the Bruce and his rebellion against the English, in the guise of Edward I. It’s my period, the one in which I’ve been immersed for the last seventeen or eighteen years with my own Baldwin de Furnshill/Puttock series.
Robyn has a wonderful skill. She goes behind the history to the roots of legends and stories to pull up ever more convincing detail. In this book she goes to the beginning of the myths of the four nations that make up Br
Feb 19, 2017 Philip added it
Great song by the legendary Styx of course.

Oh yes and the second in Robyn Young's trilogy about Robert Bruce's rise to the throne of Scotland.

Well written, well researched and easy to read, even without having read the first one (which I'm sure I didn't).

Better than Scott, on a par with Kane, Cornwell and Iggulden.

Quality read.

Yes, I'll be looking for the third novel in this series.
Liebes Buch
Nov 16, 2013 Liebes Buch rated it really liked it
Robyn Young ist ein ganz heisser Tipp unter Fans des historischen Romans. Da sie mir empfohlen wurde, war ich nun auch sehr gespannt, mein erstes Buch von ihr zu lesen! Tatsächlich schafft sie es, sich von dem ganzen historischen Einheitsbrei abzuheben, der so umgeht. Ich muss dazu sagen, dass ich kein spezieller Fan dieses Genres bin. Da war ich von vielen Büchern eher enttäuscht. Denn nicht jeder, der Geschichte studiert hat, ist ein guter Schriftsteller. Robyn Young schliesst genau diese Lück ...more
Claire Martin
Nov 13, 2012 Claire Martin rated it really liked it
I found this book just as engaging as the first instalment to the trilogy, and although most of us will know at least the loose detail of this era, I found myself hoping things would turn out differently!

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Philip Dickinson
Apr 23, 2013 Philip Dickinson rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first book in the trilogy so my point of review for this novel is 'does it work stand alone'? Robyn's writing style is rich and vividly brings the past to life. I found myself immersed in grim medieval times with all the sights, sounds and smells, so on that level it worked very well. There is a profusion of colourtful characters in the plot and the story spans the entire geography of ancient Britain so if you like your books light, fluffy and simple, this isn't for you.

It ap
Dec 25, 2013 Jeremy rated it really liked it
I found this book in a second hand shop in Dornoch while on holiday there -the last time I was in Dornoch I found Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in the Dornoch Bookshop before it became a phenomenon. Robyn Youngs current Trilogy probably won't aspire to the heights of Harry Potter even though the story is very current - the Quest for Scotland's Throne. Robyn takes historical fact which she has meticulously researched and weaves in fiction where there are holes. By her own admission she ...more
Bev Mynott
This was better than the first book Insurrectionprobably because the timescale covered was much shorter, it was more tightly plotted and the characters were better developed. However, having just read the Nigel Tranter Robert the Bruce: Steps to the Empty Throne I realise that this book simplifies the history to the point that it is sometimes difficult to really understand why people act the way they do, and the details of stealing the Stone of Destiny and the Staff of Malachy seem like a comple ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Kathleen rated it liked it
Although I really like Robyn Young's writing style, I found the book was flawed by a lot of historical inaccuracy- for instance Roger Kirkpatrick was the man who went back and made sure that the Red Comyn was killed not Christopher Seaton- every Scottish High School pupil is familiar with the line "I'll mak siccar," which Kirkpatrick was alleged to have said (i.e the act was committed by a Scotsman not a French speaking English noble). Also I felt that the book portrayed the Red Comyn as a bit o ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Renegade is the second in a planned trilogy on Robert Bruce. The fact that I knew little about Robert Bruce before and that I hadn't read the first novel, Insurrection, mattered not a jot. Robyn Young writes smart history beautifully. From the first page, I was captivated by her descriptions of scenes, people and emotions. There really is a powerful sense of Ireland, the Scottish borders and the English court at the very turn of the 14th century. My only difficulty here wasn't with the novel, bu ...more
Jun 24, 2013 John rated it really liked it
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Mar 17, 2016 Raymond Walker rated it really liked it
I loved this great piece of Historical fiction. Much of it I suspect is fact and all the author has done has put words in the characters mouths and added description to the places visited. It is a great story to tell and Robyn Young certainly does not let it down. I have read in the past Nigel Tranters Trilogy on Robert This Bruce which I also very much enjoyed but this reads like a thriller and makes the reading easier. The best piece of historic fiction that I have read in quite a while. Highl ...more
Jan 31, 2017 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of the trilogy, it sets out to explain Robert the Bruce's confused approach to claiming the Scottish throne. The complex relationship between Bruce and William Wallace tries to convince the reader that Bruce was always a supporter of Wallace as a general even though Wallace did not appear to know. Apart from that, it is quite readable and interesting! Above all, however, Edward I is the most imposing figure of the period though he is on his last legs by the end of this book.
Dec 12, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love Scottish history and this book is a fascinating take on the story of Robert Bruce and the events of that period. can't wait for part 3
Jul 31, 2013 Kat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jessica Cox
Even though I started the trilogy with the second book, it was easy to read, kept me reading on and getting some nights with little sleep as I just couldn't put it down.

I liked Robyn's style from the "Brethren" trilogy already, and didn't get disappointed. Can't wait to get book #1 from the library.

Getting a bit more "feel" of other sides of the whole uprising after the death of Alexander III, usually just portrayed by films/books from the view of William Wallace.
Carol Hodge
Jan 09, 2013 Carol Hodge rated it it was amazing
Just couldn't put this book down and ended up reading it in just over 2 days. I have found with all Robyn's books, you can get immersed in the story. The descriptions of people and places and the interactions are just brilliant. Really can't wait for the 3rd book, and then I wonder where she will head next!
Jun 07, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
I've now read this whole series about the Crusades and the Knights Templar. I expecially liked the twist of the main character being a Scottish knight and the links to Robert The Bruce and William Wallance.
Well worth reading and can't wait for Ms Youg's next publication
Jun 06, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing
In this second book of the Insurrection Trilogy we journey with Robert the Bruce as he 'plays the long game' in his inexorable march towards his confrontation to secure the Scottish throne. Brilliant.
Apr 30, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook read by Nick McArdle
Very good sequel to Insurrection, about Robert the Bruce. Pity they aren't written closer together as I lose some of the links over time, but it does take longer to write than to read
Johan Östlund
Mar 31, 2013 Johan Östlund rated it really liked it
Bra. Intressant genre.
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Robyn Young lives in Hove, and is the author of BRETHREN, the first novel in a trilogy set in the world of the Crusades. The author of numerous poems and short stories published in magazines and anthologies, Robyn has a Masters in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of Sussex. She teaches creative writing part-time in Brighton.
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