The Lion Wakes (Kingdom Series #1)
The first novel in a major new series as Robert Low moves from the Vikings to the making of Scotland.
In the dying days of the 13th century, Scotland is in turmoil. The death of Alexander III has plunged the country into war, both with itself and with Edward I of England. Determined to bring the north under his control, Edward instead unl...more
Alas though, my wish for a solid 4 star, it was not to be.
I am a huge fan of Robert Low's Oathsworn series so it is with great sadness that I admit that sometimes there is something about the mechanics of Low's writi...more
The sheer diversity of languages spoken in Scotland and the rest of the British Isles is also made apparent in this textured work, with detailed fictional portraits of both Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.
Low throws so many names at you, without enough information as to who they are and what their relevance to the story is, that you are constantly flicking back to see were they've come from and why they're there.
I sometimes had no idea what he was talking about, using language I'd not heard with no explanation, and my inlaws are all Scottish.
"A place of redcaps, dunters and powries, Sim Craw thought to himself and shivered at the idea of those Faeries. He liked the flat, long...more
Densely plotted politics-wise and making a full use of dialect, it was initially difficult to spot who was important and who not so. And because the author often skips from one character's thoughts to another's while also breaking individual speeches into paragraphs...more
In the dying days of the 13th century, Scotland is in turmoil. The death of Alexander III has plunged the country into war, both with itself and with Edward I of England. Determined to bring the north under his control, Edward instead unleashes a Scottish rebellion which unites the many warring factions against him - though the old hatreds are not easily put aside.
Sir Hal Sientcler of Herdmanston, a minor noble of Lothian, finds himself caught up in the chivalry and honour, as well as the betr