Author J.R. Tomlin has created a masterpiece in the historical novel A Kingdom's Cost, which chronicles the Scottish war for independence. Where the movie Braveheart left off, this novel picks up with the story of James Douglas and his struggles to win the freedom of his nation. Powerful and accurate, the story resonates with you, providing a deeper glimpse into this fraught period as well as a satisfying reading experience. 1st rate all the way around, this is one that belongs in your collection!
Name: A Kingdom's Cost, a Historical Novel of Scotland
Rating: 4.1 stars over 27 reviews
Description: Scotland is occupied; Scottish resistance is crushed.
Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. But even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, the Scots may still have one hope for freedom: the rightful King of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.
The Bruce is soon a fugitive, king only in name. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost. He blazes a path in blood and violence, cunning and ruthlessness as he leads a guerrilla war to restore Scotland's freedom. James knows if he is captured he will share Wallace's fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.
Reviews: "As a story that focuses on one of the Scottish Wars of Independence, battles, skirmishes, and raids form a major part of the storyline. The plot flows through many key battles, providing a natural tension that draws the reader forward. These battle scenes are notable for their vivid and realistic depiction of medieval battle. In addition, by keeping a tightly focused POV, the scenes effectively draw the reader into the pulse of the battle and the chaos felt by the individual warrior. A Kingdom's Cost is, overall, mostly a story of war and men on campaign. Accordingly, the well-rendered battle scenes were vital to keeping the story engaging.
Anyone seeking an action-packed view into a key period in the First Scottish War of Independence should check out A Kingdom's Cost."
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