The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy, #1)

The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy, #1)

by N. Gemini Sasson

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BN ID: 2940016353661
Publisher: Cader Idris Press
Publication date: 07/04/2010
Series: The Bruce Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,082
File size: 463 KB

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The Crown in the Heather 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
LinLeeLP More than 1 year ago
Makes historic information more enjoyable and less boring. Saving up to purchase the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read very fast but the beauty and richness of this writing had me reading and savoring to reread many of the chapters
LisaJYarde More than 1 year ago
"Whenever we want something, we must weigh the cost of getting it. A farthing is a fair price for a loaf of bread. Two shillings for a yard of wool. But what price will a man pay to be his own master?" This question is at the heart of N. Gemini Sasson's debut, The Crown in the Heather - The Bruce Trilogy: Book I, and it is the primary concern driving the central character of Robert the Bruce. Heir to the earldom of Carrick, Robert grows up headstrong and impulsive. Under the tutelage of his grandfather and father, he learns to negotiate the politics of thirteenth-century Scotland. Yet he yearns to be more than one among many Scots held in the sway of the English King. Robert wants to be the ruler of a county free from the severity and abuses of its nominal leaders. His ambition is a direct threat to England and several of the Scottish nobles, who refuse to rally around his claim. As Gemi says in her Author's Note, folklore sometimes defines the truth of what we know about a character. Robert the Bruce has taken on an almost mythical status over the centuries, like that of King Arthur. I enjoyed so much of Gemi's portrayal, but foremost is that her Robert is a devoted son and brother, a loving husband and father. He is also a king passionately dedicated to the preservation of his people and their country. Where he wavers in his devotion, is when his own ambitions endanger the lives of those whom he loves most, particularly his wife Elizabeth and daughter Marjorie. I could feel the struggle inside of him, thanks to Gemi's skill. He became so real to me, conflicted by his desires, wanting the stewardship of his nation despite an easy temptation to capitulate and surrender the burden. His quest for the crown of Scotland almost guarantees that he will never have the comforts of home. Moments of joy with his wife and daughter are fleeting, snatched in brief interludes before threats arise. Robert's passion for Elizabeth, like everything else about him, is larger than life. Varied historical figures complete the cast of the Crown in the Heather, most notably William Wallace of Braveheart fame; the nemesis of the Scots, King Edward I of England and his beleaguered heir, Edward of Caernarvon; John the Red Comyn, a one-time Guardian of Scotland like Wallace, and a host of other characters. One among them truly stands out: James Douglas, whose story parallels Robert's own. He is in danger of eclipsing Robert as the hero of this story. James suffers losses early on, followed by a cruel exile in Paris. His experiences toughen him, but his innate goodness defies his otherwise wily behavior and a tendency to rush to confront his enemies. If I can liken the Bruce to King Arthur, then James Douglas is his Lancelot. It is only in the latter half of the book that James becomes one of the more trusted members of Robert's retinue, but he easily proves himself a capable fighter and constant companion. His portrayal left me so captivated that I promised Gemi I would just wait for Book II, rather than rushing off to learn more about him and his ultimate fate. I have had the pleasure of working with Gemi for a few years through critique groups, and from the start, she amazed me with her natural ability to convey human emotions, as deftly as a professional artist sketches landscapes. Her characters are vibrant and resonate beyond the pages of the book. Gemi has earned my respect and admiration for her enthusiasm and dedication to perfecting her w
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazingly great read! The quality was of a long seasoned writer. The story was expertly and richly told. It never bogged down or ever became erratic. The author has that gift of not only placing you there, but of inserting INSIDEthe characters! Kudos and much thanks! Dale M. Baranoski
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't say how much i disliked this book. It dragged. Page by page was depressing and boring. I even tried skipping to read the last chapter to see if there was something to look forward to. Alas, the end was equally depressing and awful. Don't waste your time. I cannot wait to delete this off my nook. At least i got it for free!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
248 page historical novel. It is first person, has a lot of characters and jumps around more than corn kernals in hot oil. I read four chapters then gave up. It simply did not interest me. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book based on Scottish history. It holds the reader's interest throughout. I would like to read others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and have purchased the other two in the triology. It tells the story of Robert the Bruce and his stuggles, battles, and loves. Worth reading.
lit-in-the-last-frontier More than 1 year ago
In 1290, Scotland was left without a king and at the mercy of a ruthless English monarch, Edward I, who would become known to history as Longshanks, a moniker used by the author, although it was not used at the time of the telling of her tale, to help differentiate him from his son, Edward II, another character in the novel. More pertinent to the novel, Edward I is known to history as the Hammer of the Scots, and any reader of N. Gemini Sasson’s novel can begin to see why. This book is the first of a trilogy and covers the early shifting among the clans of the Scots as they ally themselves with one of two claimant for the throne of Scotland: Robert the Bruce and John Comyn. William Wallace, the legendary Scottish resistance fighter, is a peripheral character in the book, and James Douglas, another slightly later legend is a young man in this book, fast gaining respect and acclaim. This novel spans from 1290 until 1306. I have read many books on this subject, and while I think that Ms. Sasson is a good writer when one is discussing basic mechanics and prose style, I do not always think that she does a very good job presenting her history in a clear and orderly fashion. If I were not familiar with the people and events, I think I would have trouble-particularly with regards to following the beginning of the novel, after which she settles into her tale and things become a bit more clear. Another element which drove me absolutely crazy was her use of multiple first-person narrators, especially in the beginning of the novel when the book is also weaving around in time, as the reader is lost both in regards to time and teller. One of the disadvantages of choosing to write a book in first-person narration is that it is limiting. It used to be a cardinal rule that if you wrote a book in that viewpoint you could only have the one narrator; currently it seems to be in vogue with authors to break the rule, yet as I discuss it with readers, very few seem to like multiple first-person narration-it is simply too confusing to try to figure out who is speaking. Despite the irritation I felt with the choice of way to narrate the story, it is nearly impossible to finish this novel and not continue on with the series, as the characters in the fight for Scottish independence were such compelling men and women and their cause was such a just one, and, as I stated above, Ms. Sasson is quite a good writer. Also, to her credit, while her story was rather discombobulated in the beginning, she did pull things together in the latter half of the book, and I have confidence that the second book will be stronger. Based on other books that I have read, I also believe that the author has done her research and that these books are accurate in their history. For those interested in continuing the series, the second book is [b]Worth Dying For[/b], and the conclusion is [/b]The Honor Due a King[/b]. Overall, this is a novel I recommend for those interested in learning more about Robert the Bruce, his bid for the crown of Scotland, and Scotland’s fight for independence from England.
allisonmacias on LibraryThing 23 days ago
The Crown in the Heather is the story of Robert the Bruce. When Robbie is a small boy living is Scotland, his grandfather vies for the Scottish Crown, but loses it to John Balliol. Robert is disappointed to learn that his father doesn't long for the crown, but instead opposes the Balliol family by becoming a man of King Edward "Longshanks". To his father's disgrace, Robert follows down his grandfather's path and fights for an independent Scotland. Another young warrior for Scotland is James Douglas. His hatred for all things English takes root at the siege of Berwick. There his father, William Douglas, fights the English. When the battles ends, the town is destroyed and his father is imprisoned. James is sent to Paris to be educated, but instead languishes in the French City. Back in Scotland, Robert has become enamored with Elizabeth de Burgh, who is caring for his daughter. In order to marry her, he becomes Longshank's man. A threat of treason charges force Robert to once again fight for Scotland. James, now a man and Lord Douglas, too joins the fight for Scotland. Together, they face many tough times.This is a fast paced book about Robert the Bruce and his quest to become King of Scotland. There are many battles, but the scenes aren't overly graphic, but still remain true to the realistic nature of the times. The characters are also extremely realistic. There are hotheads like John Comyn and even Robert; noble warriors such as James Douglas and William Wallace and even the cunning king in Longshanks. Since this is the first book in a trilogy, I expect to be entertained even more. I loved this book, as I recently have been interested in my own genealogy. According to the WWW, I have Scottish roots on my Adcock side YAY! I always knew it!There is only one thing that I will caution readers about. This book switches POV's from James to Robert quite often. This wasn't a problem for me, but to some this is a downfall.
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Read all three
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Good book
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Love this boik could be read by angles
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Well written
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livvy6 More than 1 year ago
I will be sure to check out other books by this author. I enjoyed the book and love to read books from this time period.
baldyFD More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read for some of the back ground and history of Ireland and England. It does jump around to different families so you have to really pay attention as to who the author is talking about. It also comes to a abrupt halt at the end and catches you off guard. Good book to read.
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