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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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    A Kingdom's Cost

    Earlier in the year I had review Tomlin's Freedom's Sword, which was set a few years earlier than the events in this book. My biggest comment on that was that it was so battle focused, and that it would have been nice to have more of Moray's personal life explored to balance out the military life. I do not have the same feelings on A Kingdom's Cost. Between James's relationship with Isabella, and later with Alycie Dickson, there is a nice balance between the military and personal aspects of James's life. This had the same quick pace as the other novel. This also has the good battle descriptions, which are descriptive enough to be able to picture the battles, but not in so great a detail that might turn off some readers. I really enjoyed this novel and will be looking forward to the second installment. I received this book from the author for review.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    A great historical book

    My thanks to J.R. Tomlin for gifting me with this book :)Now this is the second book I read by this author and all I can say is I love the way she writes. Her characters are interesting and make you feel like you know them.
    A Kingdom's Cost shares alot of features with Freedom's sword, as they are both biased on the same timeline, with different characters.
    Here we meet James Douglas, who was also mentioned before, a young boy who's father is killed by the King of England.
    We also meet the Bishop of ST. Andrews William de Lamberton who took in James as his squire after his father's death.
    Allthough at the begining the book was a bit fast and there wasn't much time to get to know the characters, but once past those first chapters it gets better.
    Overall the book was a really good historical, full of action, battles and blood. She pays alot of attention to the different details and that makes you feel like your actually in the book rather than reading it.
    If you like Historical books you totally have to check hers out.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    Braveheart redux and well done!

    If you watched the movie Braveheart and enjoyed it as much as the rest of the world did, then you'll like this story. The action starts up after William Wallace is murdered and centers around James Douglas and the Bishop of Lamberton. James' father got on the wrong side of King Edward and he was starved to death and his lands seized. James was saved by being sent to France to escape the King's wrath. The dutiful son returns and has his mind set on one thing - revenge. Wonderful historical fiction!

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Evocative tale of beauty, pain and bravery in war-torn Scotland

    I grew up reading historical novels by Rosemary Sutcliffe, Henry Treece, and then Nigel Trantner after a wonderful teenaged vacation in Scotland. J.R Tomlin's A Kingdom's Cost, reminds me most of Trantner, and is just as enjoyable.

    Continuing a history of Scotland begun in Freedom's Sword, A Kingdom's Cost starts a new trilogy with the story of Robert de Bruce told mostly through the eyes of young James Douglas. Exiled to France when his father was imprisoned by the English King Edward Longshanks, young Jamie is left orphaned and penniless by his father's death. Exciting opening scenes of his flight through a French market lead quickly to his return to England, Scotland and war. A few chapters in, Jamie attends the crowning of a new king and the story takes off. Readers are plunged into treacherous political, religious and physical landscapes, all beautifully drawn together in the mountains and glens of Scotland.

    A Kingdom's Cost is an enjoyable read, a convincing portrayal of loyalty's demands, and a powerful story of a young man coming of age in violent times. Scenery, scents and tastes of food, the sense of urgency and need, the pain of betrayal, and the tortuous conflicting demands of duty and love are evocatively portrayed. The author's use of language gives a convincing sense of times past, with occasional older words nicely blended into the new. Morality is bent by need. Wild beauty and wild danger meet. King turns to outlaw. And those who are weak learn to trust they might one day be strong.

    The novel ends with a nice sense of completion making it a good stand-alone read as well as a fine beginning to the trilogy.

    Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    historical figures and facts woven into life

    Its starts off with a boy getting beaten up because he spilt some fruit at a market in France 1300. James Douglas story what happened around him. Most of the characters where real people around real events that he gives life to what life might have been.
    Bishop of ST. Andrews William de Lamberton who took in James as his squire after his father's death in prison for keeping james safe.
    Edward 1 of Englang. King who conquered Scotland (the bad guys in James story)
    Robert de Bruce who was crowned king of scottland and led some of the fight against English supporters.
    It was an interesting and bloody time in Scottish history that I was not at all familar with. He did a lot of research in to time period to use the facts and names. It was a lot of fights and back stabbing traitors, It was well written. I was given the ebook in exchange for review.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    highly recommend

    I loved reading this book. Historical fiction is a fascinating subject.I was actually three quarters of the way thru the book before i realized James was only 18. He experienced so much in a short period of time. I would greatly recommend this to anyone or any age.

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