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To Crown A King

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Scotland, 1295. The kingdom is on the verge of rebellion. John Balliol wears the crown, but even his powerful Comyn kin cannot break King Edward of England’s insatiable desire to conquer the northern realm.

For Christina Bruce, neither man is worthy of being called King of Scots. Born into the influential Bruce family, the only noble house to rival the Comyns, she is
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Skjaldmaer Publishing
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I missed it when selecting Raedene Jeannette Melin’s To Crown a King so I’m gonna start by noting the book is a biographic piece based on the life of Christina Bruce, sister of that other Bruce, the one carefully omitted from the jacket description in favor of a Mel Gibson reference.

All joking aside, I admit I liked this piece. Melin’s To Crown a King is smaller in scope than J.M. Harvey’s Sisters of the Bruce 1292-1314, but
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Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it

The thing that attracted me to this book was historical context and location: the Wars of Scottish Independence, fought between the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. That was promising. I knew nothing about these events and was ready to learn.

But execution was not that great - I must tell I've expected more. Excuse for that may be the fact that book is about history (real characters and events), so the author could not deviate from the path
Set during Scotland's war for independence, we follow Christina Bruce. She fights to find her own place in the world and tries to help her country be the country she thinks it can be.

This biographic piece had a lot of history in it that often at times felt clunky and thick. My knowledge of the Scottish war for independence doesn't exist, but even with the history laid on throughout the novel, I don't feel like it's any better. It slowed down the pace and didn't make it an easy read for me.

Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is a retelling of the history of the first war of Scottish independence depicted in Braveheart from the female perspective. Christina Bruce, sister to Robert the Bruce, is the central character and according to this version of the story was a pivotal character in history.

This story was action packed covering this time period in Scottish history from many different aspects. It depicts the stark violence of the time and how little influence women had in the time period. Contrasting
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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For the first half of this book I though I would be giving it 4 stars, but unfortunately it ended up being a 3 star read for me.
This book is set during the Scottish war for independence and we follow Christina Bruce (or de Brus) who was the sister to Robert Bruce, who later became king of Scotland. I don't know much about this time period, and therefore can't really comment on how accruent the book are in that regard. But from the small amount of research I have done after reading the book, it
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
To Crown a King by Raedene Jeanette Melin is the fictionalized story of Christina Bruce, the sister of Robert the Bruce, and the struggle of William Wallace to win Scotland's independence. Little is documented of Christina but Melin has taken what there is and made in into a wonderful story, reminiscent of many of the Wallace and Robert Bruce stories already written, but from a new perspective. Christina is unique among women of the time, and yet extremely traditional. She outlived many of her ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read my fair share of historical fiction, but this is the first book I’ve read set during the Scottish War for independence. I quite enjoyed the (canceled too soon) show Reign and I have always been intrigued by Scottish history so when I saw this on Net Galley, I thought I would put in a request. The story follows Christina Bruce and the events leading up to her brother, Robert the Bruce being crowned King of Scotland.

Ultimately this book was just meh for me. I liked the premise and
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to start out by writing that my "go to" genre is historical fiction though mostly in the 20th century. I know nothing about Scottish history nor of the heroes/heroines of those times. No, I did not see Mel Gibson's movie. I enjoy books with strong women and Christina lives up to this attribute. Maybe because of my lack of knowledge, I found there were too many characters to keep track of especially with the swapping the use of first and/or last names. Maybe a character diagram would have ...more
Marti Monet
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the interesting perspective it brought to the Scottish rebellions in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. Christina was a lovely character to read and I found myself identifying with her often. I enjoyed the writing but felt that some of the time jumps were a bit unexpected and hard to keep track of as the story continued. I am a bit upset with the way the book ended but only because it left me wanting so much more of Christina's story. I love a good cliffhanger ...more
Cindy Straka
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good book. and not the greatest review but it's mine. =) Thank you to NetGalley and to Skjaldmaer Publishing for accepting my request to read and review this book. I choose this book because I really didn't know much about the history of Scotland other than what was in that "movie" which I know was not accurate at all. This story is about Christina Bruce, sister to Robert Bruce and how she was involved in the fight for Scotland's freedom from England.
The author did a great job telling
Trick Wiley
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is about some of the beginning of Scottish history which not much is written about not like English history!You will enjoy where this story takes you and helps you understand why and when history is in the making happened! It moves to me a little slow,a little boring at times but then all of a sudden it gets better! Didn't get confused on the change of events as they happen so if I didn't you wont! Enjoy!! Thank you Met Galley for this go to read first!
S.E. Morgan
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting viewpoint of Scottish history and broadly the author built that medieval world very well. I liked the main character and her family and cared what happened to them, although I did at points find the numerous subsidiary characters a bit confusing. That said I've always found the history of Scotland at the time confusing,( and the brutality of Edward II against the Scots and Welsh horrifying,) so I'm sure it was no easy task.
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Fueled by strong coffee, repressed emotions and fits of diabolical laughter.

Raedene Jeannette Melin is an award-winning fiction writer and author of the new novel To Crown A King. Born in British Columbia, Canada, she holds a BA in History and a Master’s in Integrated Studies. Her debut novel, Las Hermanas, published in 2018,