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The Lion Rampant (Kingdom #3)

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The whirl of politics makes a mockery of oaths. Loyalty can be bought. Brothers end up enemies, kin can betray you; and in the blink of an eye you become the hunted.

A band of brothers has lost almost everything honouring their oath to Robert the Bruce. Wives, daughters, sisters, brothers and lovers have been slain or imprisoned.

After seven long years of struggle and endura
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Hardcover, 455 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by HarperCollins
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Terri
Nov 20, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing
On most books you will find captured quotes on the front and back covers. These are quotes from book reviewers at newspapers (ie The Sunday Times), other authors (generally well known ones writing within the same genre as the book in question) and other people of varied fame and note.
They include words such as masterful, intensely exciting, gripping, a master storyteller, a legend of the genre, as good as 'so and so'.
These snatched quotes never make me buy a book. In fact, I ignore them and obs
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Robin Carter
May 06, 2013 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
After Robert Lows series Oathsworn I had very high expectations for what came next, i have to admit to struggling whilst enjoying The Lion Wakes the heavy dialect jarred with me, and i think based on other reviews, with many others.
This was toned down in book 2 The Lion at Bay (Kingdom 2) which for me added pace to the plot.

Book 3 (this book) has it toned down even further, bringing the story for me to full life, right at the very end, and this made the plot even more powerful. This is a real bl
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Cindy
Sep 24, 2016 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Loved the end to this trilogy! Robert Low takes politics, warfare, treachery, friendship, and love to a whole new level! He takes the story of Robert the Bruce's struggle to become the king of Scotland and makes it come alive on the page. Intricate attention to details makes this book a must-read page turner!
Leah
Swords and savagery...

Seven years have passed since the end of The Lion at Bay - seven long years for Sir Hal of Herdmanston, held captive under sentence of death, and longer yet for his love, Isabel MacDuff, kept in a cage on the walls of Berwick Castle. It's now 1314, Edward Longshanks is dead and his son Edward II wants one decisive battle to rid himself of the humiliation of the Scots' rebellion and to free himself of the constrictions placed on him by his own rebellious barons. Robert the B
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Elspeth G. Perkin
Final novel in this deadly game of kings

The Kingdom Series is an extraordinary set of books that combines brilliant research with no quarter storytelling and I can’t recommend these novels enough to any reader who has been looking for this kind of page turning epic. Three titles comprise this saga about the deadly affairs of Scotland and England during the 13th and 14th centuries and The Lion Rampant is the final novel in this bloody game of kings. As with the other books, The Lion Rampant opens
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Ruth
Mar 02, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2013: FWFTB: Bannockburn, cage, Templars, archers, battle. Och Aye and toss that caber. I do like the main character, Hal. And I love the inclusion of the Knights Templar. And I love the pacey prose and battle-scenes. The honour and supposed chivalry of the age is keenly described. The inclusion of the List of Characters at the back of the book which gives a few of the facts of the historical characters simply confirms the amount of research that the author must have done. There is some ...more
Mike Barrow
Jul 15, 2015 Mike Barrow rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading the best account of a medieval battle by a country mile! In my opinion Robert Low stands head and shoulders over his contemporaries in this genre. It was the same with the Oathsworn series and now the Kingdom. Once you’re in the groove, you don’t just read the words that are written you see and live the story. Brilliant descriptive sentences trip over each other with so much ease (e.g. “a drizzling dawn as miserable as wet ash”, an old soldier’s beard = “a burst of ...more
Linda Humberstone
Nov 23, 2013 Linda Humberstone rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-read
What a fantastic read; just my cup of tea!. Well written, it flowed and was never boring but kept one eager for more. The intrigues and grievances amongst the English lords themselves and similarly the Scots nobles was particularly informative apart from the general antagonism between the two warring sides. The fictional characters were cleverly portrayed and added much to the story and the descriptions of the actual participating knights, both leading up to the battle and on the battle field, ...more
Kate Joekel
Jun 21, 2016 Kate Joekel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Battle of Bannockburn

The last of a trilogy depicting Robert Bruce's journey to Kingship of Scots. The two characters which tell the stories of the three books are Hal of Herdmanston and Roger Kirkpatrick. These two wary allies work, however reluctantly, together to bring weapons for the beleaguered Scots before the battle of Bannockburn. Isabel Macduff in her cage, Edward II, deValance, the Black Jamie Douglas and many famous names of the day are joined by SIM, Dogboy, and the stories of the com
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Jim
Aug 20, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
The Lion Rampant brings the Bruce trilogy to a finish,The Lion Wakes set it up,The Lion at Bay really got things moving and now The Lion Rampant up the pace and put the final piece into the jigsaw.I enjoyed the mix of real and fictious characters and i really enjoyed the love story between Hal and Isabel,for me Isabel stole the bbok(my bird in the giled cage).Robertlow brings to the page great research and knowledge of the period that brings to life a period of Scottish history,that for me,i new ...more
Brian
Jul 27, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
Great historical fiction. The best read on the Bruce and the Scottish War for Independence since Tranter's trilogy. Low does a fine job of weaving interesting personal stories throughout the historical background, with great authenticity. I enjoyed the Oathsworn series too, but Low's storytelling around real historical events made the Kingdom series even more enjoyable. I can't wait to read more by Robert Low, he may be my new favorite, with apologies to Tranter and Cornwell.
Laurie Pringle
Sep 10, 2016 Laurie Pringle rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but found the series as a whole to be less compelling than his Oathsworn books, which I gobbled up like a glutton. It's worth reading, but for me, these weren't books that I couldn't put down. Still happy to have read them. Hopefully we'll see more Oathsworn books again someday.
Paul
Nov 16, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
I loved this trilogy, all three books were page turners. A great start, great middle and a great end. I will miss the characters of this book, I look forward to see what the authors next tale will be.
Justin
Jun 27, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing
This turned out to be my favorite of the series. Few do better than Low at getting the reader in the Medieval world.
Rachael Elders
Dec 23, 2013 Rachael Elders rated it really liked it
A well written book with a vividly told battle. A good book if you're interested in the Scottish battles with the English and a good book about the true nature of Knights.
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Robert Low is a Scottish journalist and historical novelist, with novels based on the Viking Age. He was war correspondent in Vietnam and also several other locations, including Sarajevo, Romania and Kosovo, until "common-sense, age and the concerns of my wife and daughter prevailed". Now he writes novels full time. He's also a historical reenactor performing with the Scotland-based group, the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Kingdom (4 books)
  • The Lion Wakes (Kingdom #1)
  • The Lion at Bay (Kingdom #2)
  • The Complete Kingdom Trilogy: The Lion Wakes, The Lion at Bay, The Lion Rampant (Kingdom, #1-3)

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