Insurrection (The Insurrection Trilogy, #1)
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Insurrection (The Insurrection Trilogy #1)

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1262 A.D. In the dusty heat of French fields, knights battle for supremacy in a fierce tournament. At its violent heart is Edward of England, who leads his men under the banner of the dragon, a potent reference to the legendary King Arthur. As heir to the throne, Edward has a vision for his future kingdom that will change the face of Britain forever.

1286 A.D. Scotland is i...more
Paperback, 653 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2010)
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Terri
Lightning strikes twice!
There was a book I read this year, not Insurrection, a different one. The first lines of the review for that book went something like this “these are the kinds of historical fiction books that I dream of finding”. And I meant it even though I gave that other book 4 stars and found it a little flawed.

It is hard for me to explain how I can rave about a book and give it 4 stars instead of 5. Perhaps it is this...The historical fiction books I dream of finding appeal more to...more
Rabindranauth
The King is dead, and Scotland needs a leader.

Almost immediately the country becomes embroiled in chaos as nobles prepare to vie for the now vacant [for all intents and purposes] throne, and civil war looms. The power vacuum has also caught the attention of the King of England, who has been lying in wait for an opportunity to present itself to expand his kingdom. In the middle of all this chaos is Robert the Bruce, a man who’s family is torn by betrayal and who himself will betray everyone he kn...more
Paula Lofting
This is Ms Young's fourth historical novel and second series. Robert the Bruce is the grandson and son of men of the same name, men who have stood in Scotlands's spotlight for generations. This story is for him and begins in the spring of his youth. Ms young begins her story by opening it with a prologue; Edward I'st victory in Gascony and he has the book, the Prophecies of Merlin which is an embedded theme throughout the book.It then launches into the first chapter 24 years later when the King...more
Nate
Ugh, I don't know what happened with this one. All of the stuff I like seemed to be in store for me; I love British middle ages stuff and this always seemed like a compelling period in time. Still, I just found myself making painfully slow progress with this book and after about three hundred pages I gave up. The author can certainly write and is great at conjuring vivid images. She also clearly knows the people and events of this period pretty thoroughly. I guess my main problem was that none o...more
Simon Turney
Insurrection immediately took me by surprise. All I really knew of it was that it was a story of Robert Bruce. Now like most of you (I suspect) my knowledge of this great historic figure is fairly limited to the fact that he was King of Scotland, that he won at Bannockburn in 1314, and some guff about sitting in a cave and watching a spider spin a web - oh and Braveheart. Actually, that's not quite true. Being a Yorkshireman, I also knew that Bruce was actually of the DeBrus family that came fro...more
Lisa
I really thought I'd like this as it read really well, with some great reviews. Unfortunately right from the start I struggled with it. I just couldn't settle into a rhythm and none of the characters stood for me. It's clearly written well enough, just not ins style I resonated with. Not sure about a real book, but in digital there was no "page break" to tell you were somewhere else or some time further down the track, so that didn't help. I felt a little all over the place because of that. I pe...more
Paul
I'm not sure where to start in dissecting this book so if this all appears a little scattergun, bear with me.

The thing I most felt about Robyn Young after reading the opening book to her other series, the eponymously titled Brethren: An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar, was that she was undoubtably a talented author but one too prone to keeping herself on a leash. That said, the promise I saw in Brethren led me to believe, or hope, that this book would mark the start of a new series which m...more
Marina
The first one in a trilogy, this is the beginning of the story of Robert Bruce, the man who would unite Scotland against the English invaders and take the throne.
"Insurrection" tells the story of Robert's youth, from his days as 11 years old boy, training to become a knight, to his time in King Edward's court, where he befriends a group of young men known as The Knights of the Dragon, to the choice he makes to break with his English friends and patrons, to go against his father and take part in...more
Erin (Bluestocking Bookworm)
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Unfortunately, though I tried, I wasn't able to finish this book.

When I saw this book on the giveaways page, I was so very excited. I love historical fiction, especially as it pertains to Scotland. I am not a history buff by any stretch, but give me some kilted men, some action, a little romance, and I am very much there.

However, this book had no kilted men, very little action, and next to no romance. To be fair, the kilted men is not the...more
Sanne
Oct 31, 2013 Sanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of epic-style historical fiction
Recommended to Sanne by: Ancient & Medieval Historical Fiction Group Read

Insurrection is the romping start of the epic life story of Robert the Bruce. The story is high pace and told with passion and eye for detail. I was immediately drawn into this retelling of the eventful life of the Bruce, after it won my heart in the prologue. I'm such a sap for medieval knighthood and here was a wonderful scene of a 13th century tournament to start me off. The rest of the book did not disappoint either. Full of political intrigue, military campaigns and wonderful battle scenes...more
Ross Hamilton
I read Robyn Young’s first trilogy, about the fall of the Templar Knights with both interest and trepidation. My concern was the story was that it centred around a great secret held by the Templars, a theme I really thought had been done to death. Fortunately the secret was not the hoary one of protecting the line of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene, but one of uniting the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. That was more believable.

What I particularly liked about Young’s writing was the a...more
Paula
I've never read one of Young's books previously and now I'm wondering why. Full of historical detail (I'm a McLean, we supported the Bruce so interesting twists to family legends) and action.
Peter
I figured that historical novels are very close related to my beloved fantasy genre, so when I was at a big book sale I bought some historical novels.

Robin Young seemed to be a very popular novelist of this kind of stories so her book was the first of that batch that I gave a try. This book is about Robert Bruce and his struggle for an independent Scotland.

In the beginning this book felt a bit like those bbc dramatic documentaries. A broad overview of historic events with now and than some key...more
Marissa
Wow! What a saga this was. I listened to this as an audio book. It took me forever! And I think this is only the first of what is to be a trilogy. Every minute was worth it.

This 4-part historical novel set in late medieval Scotland is a little too martial and political to be one of my favorites but that does not mean I didn't enjoy it. The author's use of descriptive language was extraordinary. She might take a whole paragraph to describe something as simple as mud and I was rapt the whole time...more
Kell
*REVIEWED FOR PUBLISHER*

I adore historical fiction, so I jumped at the chance to read something set in Scotland and covering an exciting period in its history – Scotland’s political wranglings with the English date back centuries and are fraught with battles, both of words and combat. I was champing at the bit to get started and waded in.

I was right about the setting being spectacular and the story intense, but the realisation of it was pretty dry in places and such slow going I felt like I was...more
Jeremy
The first book in the trilogy which charts Robert Bruce’s development from a young boy growing up under his fathers wing and learning how to be a knight in Scotland. The book follows the march of the English King (James?) as he tried to recover the four Kingdoms of Britain and fulfil the prophecy of Merlin. The way he can unite the four kingdoms is by gathering a relic from each –as defined by Merlin and the one from Scotland is the Stone of Destiny from Scone. The stone on which all of Scotland...more
Helen Strobridge
Having started to read historical fiction to make up for my woefully inadequate 1980's history lessons, I had high hopes for this book. I enjoyed one of her previous series about the Crusades, but this book totally failed to keep my attention, and was a real struggle to read. The story was dragged out over far to many pages and there was no satisfactory ending, presumably it will just continue in this way through the next two books of the trilogy.
Eunice Biblioceraptor
Because Cross Stitch and Braveheart.

WTF only 200+ ratings? This book is seriously underrated (hah that's a pun).
And I've been told it's even better than Brethren!

Must start pushing this book at work.
Sceadugenga
Insurrection is the first book in Robyn Young's latest trilogy based on the life of Robert Bruce. I liked the Brethren trilogy so I was looking forward to reading this book as well. Young does not disappoint, spinning a tale of adventure and political intrigue set against the backdrop of King Edward I's Welsh and Scottish campaigns. The book deals with Bruce's childhood and first years of knighthood giving us insight to his various personal relationships that would later shape this enigmatic and...more
Helen
Insurrection is the first in a trilogy telling the story of Robert the Bruce, who was King of Scotland in the 14th century. The second book, Renegade is available now and the third, Kingdom, will be out this summer. In this first novel, beginning in 1286, we meet Robert as a young boy in a Scotland torn apart by the sudden and unexpected death of King Alexander III. The King has died without a male heir, leaving the succession to the throne undecided. The Bruces believe they have a strong claim,...more
Lucinda
From the author of the Brethren Trilogy (Brethren, Crusade and Requiem) about a young Templar knight who comes of age, Insurrection is a new historical sequel and a must have addition to your collection. War has ended following the death of the King of Scotland and the question of who will succeed the throne lingers, as those individuals fight against those who are powerful and greedy for what is deemed to be right. This new beginning to a new trilogy by a masterful writer, introduces you to a w...more
Martin Lake
This is the first of Robyn Young’s books I have read but it won’t be the last. It is historical fiction of the highest order.

I must confess to not knowing much about Robert the Bruce. This novel tells the story of a complex man caught in a maelstrom of events which shaped his life and, eventually, that of two kingdoms.

Robyn Young is a fine writer who weaves plot and character in a subtle and satisfying manner.

Bruce is forged by history and then goes on to forge it. The young Bruce is confronted...more
Ceitidh Smith
Insurrection is the first in Robyn Young’s second trilogy of historical novels. Her hugely successful first trilogy Brethren, Crusade and Requiem based on the knights templar were a great success and the beginning of her new adventure series set during the Scottish Wars of Independence following the life of Robert the Bruce promises to be just as successful.

Insurrection follows Robert from his childhood to his adolescence and coming of age at the court of Edward I till the battle of Falkirk. It...more
John
I am a relative newcomer to the historical fiction genre. For a long time, I was rightfully nervous to jam together my love of storytelling with my first true love of history. Steve Berry’s Templar Legacy was first to charm me to the magic that results in lightly weaving (and later caveating) make-believe to historical fact. And since reading it, I have been on a bender of such books. This bender, I believe, reached a crescendo with Robyn Young’s Insurrection.

The Ancient and Medieval Historical...more
Victoria
Why, why, why do I have to discover a new favourite author when I'm broke? This is the best historical fiction author I've discovered since a friend introduced me to Sharon Penman.

I'm a Scot living in England - part of my identity is to be patriotic about my homeland. People would expect me to like a book about one of Scotland's legends. But it's more than just a Scottish novel. Insurrection is well written, atmospheric and exciting.

I don't usually enjoy battles in books: I skim them. It's not...more
Robin Carter
2 books on the shelf...Robert Low and Robyn Young, both about the same period and hero, which do i read...? well i chose this one and im glad i did, what a great read.
You always know with Robyn Young you are going to get a well researched title, i have not always been sold on the pace of the books, but this one is fantastic, sights sounds, smells all there to transport you back to this period in history. Plenty of back story to help the reader know the subjects but without the text book grind th...more
Sarah
Confusing - too many characters and jumping about in the timeline. Took me ages to read. Like another reviewer, I kept rather wishing I was reading other books on my pile...

Quite tedious to read. Ended up not caring,.. no actually thats not true - I NEVER cared even from the beginning... what happened to anyone. It's not that she lost me, it's that she never caught me.

Didn't find the novel engaging nor were the characters believable. I know you have to flesh out historical novels, but this felt...more
Cathy
I don't quite know why I can't rate this higher as a lot of research has obviously gone into it and the story was well told, especially the battle scenes. I think the main problem is it feels too slow - it is a really long book and you're really not much into the whole story of Robert the Bruce by the end of it. Female characters are also scarce - Robert's wife gets hardly a mention and a bit more around their relationship (even invented) would have helped. I'm not sure if I've got the stamina t...more
Danielle G
This book was fast-paced, intriguing and fun to read. If you like Scottish history even in the slightest you will love this book. Young spins a tale that is enthralling and from what I know of Scottish history fairly close to keeping with the real facts of the time. The characters are compelling and keep you riveted to every page. Truly an entertaining read. i already went and got the second book from the library so I could start it with book one still fresh in my mind.
Bryon Adamson
I loved the Templar trilogy and so far haven't been the slightest disappointed in the author's story of The Bruce. I'd score the books higher with a bit more factual accuracy, although I appreciate her reasons for taking a few liberties with time/place etc. Looking forward to the next one!
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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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“The Red Comyns had always done well behind the throne. The king was but an instrument, as his father used to say. They were the musicians.” 2 likes
“Edward shifted from one foot to the other, then headed to one of the younger knights from Carrick, leading his horse and their father’s white mare. ‘Sir Duncan, will you hold the horses?’ ‘That’s your task, Master Edward,’ chided the knight.
John de Warenne had ascended the platform beside Bishop Bek and was addressing the assembly. There were more men than benches and those who hadn’t found a place had crowded in behind. Robert could no longer see his father and grandfather. He glanced round as Edward spoke again.
‘Please, Duncan.’ ‘Why?’ Edward paused. ‘If you do, I won’t tell my father you once tried to kiss Isabel.’ The knight laughed. ‘Your sister? I’ve never even spoken to her.’ ‘My father doesn’t know that.’ ‘You’re jesting,’ said the knight, but his smile had disappeared. Edward didn’t respond. The young knight’s face tightened, but he held out his hand to take the reins. ‘Wherever you’re going, you had better be back here before the earl.”
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