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Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

N. Gemini Sasson
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One day. One battle. Bannockburn, 1314.

The rise of Robert the Bruce. The vengefulness of James Douglas. And the ruin of Edward II.

Robert the Bruce has known nothing but hardship since seizing Scotland's crown. Parted from his wife and daughter and forced to flee through the Highland wilderness, he struggles to unite a kingdom divided by centuries old blood feuds. The price, however, must be paid in lives and honor.

Falling to temptation, Robert's only means of redemption―and to one day win his wife Elizabeth back―is to forgive those who have wronged him. One by one, Robert must win back Scotland's clans and castles. The one man who can help him purge the land of English tyranny is the cunning young nobleman, James 'the Black' Douglas, who seeks vengeance on those who took both his inheritance and his father's life.

With the death of Longshanks, Edward II ascends to the throne of England. His first act as king is to recall the banished Piers Gaveston. Too soon, Edward learns that he cannot protect the one he loves most and still preserve his own life and crown. To those who demand the ultimate sacrifice, he must relinquish all power. To have his revenge, he must do what his father never believed him capable of―defeat Robert the Bruce on the field of battle.

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Books by N. Gemini Sasson:
  • In the Time of Kings (Time Travel Romance/Adventure set in Medieval Scotland), ***release date Sept. 14th, 2013***
  • The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy: Book I)
  • Worth Dying For (The Bruce Trilogy: Book II)
  • The Honor Due a King (The Bruce Trilogy: Book III)
  • Isabeau: A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer
  • The King Must Die: Murder and revenge in the time of Edward III
  • Uneasy Lies the Crown: A Novel of Owain Glyndwr

About the Author

N. Gemini Sasson is the author of six historical novels set in 14th and 15th century Scotland, England and Wales. Her latest release is Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Cader Idris Press (November 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DI7L0W
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting sequel December 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
N. Gemini Sasson's new book, "Worth Dying For" is a fitting successor to the first book of her seminal series on the life of Robert the Bruce, "The Crown in the Heather".

The book opens with a vivid, brutal, no-holds-barred account of the Battle of Bannockburn, just outside Stirling in Scotland, where King Robert and his motley army of Scots overcame the vastly superior army of King Edward the Second. Written in present tense using the voice of King Edward, the prologue is at once harrowing and terrifying as the King of England sees his invincible army swept away, leaving him in mortal danger of capture. And thus is set the scene for the rest of the book as the author leads us from Robert's greatest defeat to this shining pinnacle of his success.

We join Robert where we left him at the end of `The Crown in the Heather', bowed and battered, penniless, without an army and with very little hope after his crushing defeat at Balqhidder. If he is to succeed, he needs money and a strategy to unite the warring families of Scotland. His stoutest ally, James Douglas, has his own demons to fight. To Robert's strategic leadership he adds his skill as a tactician. Sasson shows these two threads as the two men claw their way back to a position where they can once again tackle the Eternal Enemy - England.

Meanwhile, Longshanks, scourge of the Scots, loses his final battle and is succeeded by his petulant, self-centred son, Edward II. While the Scots scrabble to rebuild, Edward brawls with his Lords. The author draws a sensitive portrait of Edward and his love for Piers Gaveston as well as his strained relationship with his beautiful French wife, Isabella.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Sequel May 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I appreciated this book even more than the first, which I very much enjoyed. "Worth Dying For" takes the reader deeper into the characters, to the point where I felt I knew them all intimately. Not just Robert, ("A sliver of the devil danced upon his tongue...") but James, his most loyal and fierce warrior, "The Black Douglas," Edward (I always want to write "poor Edward,") Piers, Isabella, Thomas Randolph, Elizabeth, Aithin, Robert's brother Edward, Christiania, the seductive yet sad character who seems to know she has no power but what men afford her, and, with just a few perfectly chosen words, the exquisite Lady Rosalind, whom I desperately want to see more of. The scene where Elizabeth is prisoner to Longshanks is chilling. Every one of these characters (and Scotland itself) becomes unforgettable, larger than life, in these pages.

Again and again I marveled at the descriptions and beautiful word choices, which encompass humans, nature, character, love, hatred, and the singular, magical land of Scotland.

Book two is darker than book one. It must have been hard to write of the suffering of both men and beasts, but the author does not flinch away from it. Reading her account, I was left wondering why men follow others into war and I defy the reader to not feel the wretchedness of these men and thus all men who go to war. What makes it "worth dying for." And that is the crux of this book. We see the two sides--the vast army Edward commands by force, threat, fear, and the smaller army commanded by Robert, consisting of men who follow willingly, out of love and honor, who face their deaths knowing it means something.

"The new mash of fighters melts into a blur as crazed and complete as a swarm of locusts devouring a field of grain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fiction July 16, 2011
By Eowyn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has everything. Great historical facts, action, romance and a thrilling story. If you like Bernarnd Cornwell, you will like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to this series of books!!! June 15, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading the first novel in The Bruce Trilogy by N. Gemini Sasson, The Crown in the Heather, I was hooked and already counting her among my favorite authors of historical fiction. I immediately bought the second novel in the trilogy, Worth Dying For, and I also bought her novel Isabeau, because after reading the first novel, I knew that Sasson was an author who will remain among my all time favorites. I only wish she had written a hundred more novels, so that I could own them all! I know I sound a little over the top, but I guess I'm the type of reader who discovers an author that I like, and then reads every single one of their novels!

Anyways, what I'm trying to say is that I loved the second book in The Bruce Trilogy just as much as I loved first one. I have so much anticipation built up for the third and final novel in the trilogy! I can't believe that I have never read a historical fiction novel dealing with Robert the Bruce's life. I've read hundreds of books dealing with royalty and also dealing with the time period that The Bruce was alive, but somehow either I missed the books, or maybe there just aren't many historical fiction novels dealing with The Bruce. Plus, there's also the fact that in the majority of books that I've read that did mention Robert the Bruce, he's portrayed as a horrible traitor, and is given no redeeming qualities. I enjoyed getting "his" side of the story!

Sasson also brings other legendary men to life; such as the brave and ruthless Scot, James Douglas, and the cowardly, fey-like Edward II of England. I really like how the narrator switches between different men involved on both sides of the war between Scotland and England.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 11 days ago by Karen Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Dying For
Read the first book of the Trilogy (The Crown in the Heather) then this one, and then the last one, The Honor Due a King. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Beth L. Bristow
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a work of art
Having now read two of Sasson's novels, I can say with ease that she has amazing talent in her work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter Seyfried
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bruce Trilogy
I really enjoyed these books, and having very little previous information on the subject, I found it to be very educational. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NeysaZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Very interesting historical trilogy about 12th century Scotland's strugle for independence from English dominance. I have enjoyed all three books!
Published 1 month ago by Mary Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
The second book of the Bruce trilogy continues seamlessly from the first. Just as compelling. One of those books you shouldn't take to bed because you will be reading much later... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary S. Sanford
5.0 out of 5 stars grat historical fiction
The second book in the Bruce trilogy was just as good as the first and I can't wait to read the next one. Love her writing
Published 4 months ago by P. A. Runyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Trilogy
These were 3 great books and I enjoyed them thoroughly. I had a hard time putting them down. There was a lot of action and suspense which kept you reading.
Published 4 months ago by Judy George
4.0 out of 5 stars brave heart
Robert the Bruce leads on with breathe taking bravery. But will he ever see his love? I must download the next book-I can hardly wait.
Published 5 months ago by Jill K. Mix
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful telling of a great historic battle!
A true page turner. Great character development. The story holds close to the history and makes the reader's heart pound throughout the tale.
Published 5 months ago by Julie B. Fisher
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More About the Author

N. Gemini Sasson is the author of the contemporary novel, Say No More, and seven historical novels set in 14th and 15th century Scotland, England and Wales, including The Bruce Trilogy and Isabeau, A Novel of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist in Historical Fiction). Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

Sasson is also a lifelong runner, serial remodeler, intrepid gardener, and longtime dog owner. Her articles on the genetics of the natural bobtail in Australian Shepherds have been translated into seven languages.

If you'd like to learn more about N. Gemini Sasson's books or how to stalk her on Facebook, Twitter or via her blog, just go to

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