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The Crown in the Heather by N. Gemini Sasson
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Jun 26, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 26 to July 04, 2012

The medieval struggle of the Scots for independence from England is told through the voices of 3 narrators: James Stewart, Prince Edward (to become Edward II of England) and Robert the Bruce himself. In a time of turmoil and perfidy, Robert attempts to bring together the pugnacious Scots in a cobbled alliance against the English King Edward Longshanks. Young James Stewart develops a deep respect and loyalty toward the Bruce, while the perverse Prince Edward impatiently awaits his father’s death for many reasons, not the least of which is to indulge his thirst for vengeance against Robert.

The three points of view relieved the book from the danger of excess sentimentality and allowed the focus on Robert’s affectionate familial ties to avoid becoming overweening. It is, after all, a historical novel, not a romance. The protagonists as well as the secondary characters are well drawn, and Scotland is vividly enough presented to become an additional entity, harsh but beautiful and worthy of the dedication it inspired.
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