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Rise of a Legend (Guardian of Scotland Book 1) by [Amy Jarecki]
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Rise of a Legend (Guardian of Scotland Book 1) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

I havealways been fascinated by William Wallace's tale, and got the idea for thisstory when I visited Scotland in 2013. Interestingly, there are many unknownsin this stage of history. The poet, Blind Harry, wrote an epic poem aboutWilliam's life in the sixteenth century, 150 years after Wallace. It is notclear where he sourced his information, but as history has unfolded, it isclear many of Harry's musings were conjecture. One of my greatest sources foraccuracy was William Wallace byAndrew Fisher. Throughout this series, I referred to Fisher's work for keybenchmarks relating to William's life. I also referred to On the Trail of William Wallace by David R. Ross for landmarks.Ross's attempt to piece together the reality of Wallace's life is well done,though does not strictly adhere to the facts as Fisher does.

After Iwas about three-quarters through writing the Rise of a Legend manuscript, I watched the movie Braveheart. I hadn't seen it in years,and after my research, I wanted to give it another go. Though Braveheart is awonderfully entertaining film, it lacks in historical accuracy. I do not wantto downplay the riveting story of Braveheart,but just say that I attempted to seek more accuracy in Rise of a Legend and its sequel, In the Kingdom's Name.

OnceI'd finished the first draft of Rise of a Legend, I again traveled to Scotlandto stand in the places about which I had written. One of the craziestexperiences of this trip was when I went to Fail. I wanted to see the monasteryfoundations, but wasn't allowed on the property by the owner. He was quiteupset that I had arrived with camera in hand, and at first thought I was apolice officer or government official. Once I convinced him I was merely anauthor, he made me leave my camera in the car while he answered a few of myquestions. He did tell me that the foundation was still visible, though thewall that I referred to in this book was removed in the 1950's. He remembered thewall as a child, and said it was as tall as an enormous ash tree to which hepointed.

It waspouring rain when I visited Loudoun Hill. Though most of the surrounding landhas been cleared for grazing, I tried to picture the scene forested. As a majorpass to the north, in Wallace's day it would have been thick with trees whichmade it ideal for an ambush.

Interestingly,nearly all of the castles existing in Wallace's day have either been completelyruined, partially ruined, or improved so much over the centuries they arehardly recognizable. Nonetheless, if you are a Scottish history zealot like me,I urge you to follow the path of William Wallace. He rose from the common ranksand led a nation when it was embroiled in a time of crisis and tyranny.

Indeed,William Wallace is a man and legend who must never be forgotten. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"Breathtaking!  Jarecki is a master at weaving history, danger, and passion into a spectacular story.  Rise of a Legend sets the bar for Scottish time travel romance.  This is a one-sitting read, fast-paced, riveting, and simply perfect."   ~ Sue-Ellen Welfonder, USA Today Bestselling Author --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Print Length : 346 pages
  • Publication Date : July 9, 2020
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Gnarly Wool Publishing; 2nd Edition (July 9, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • File Size : 2113 KB
  • ASIN : B08CRYP4Q5
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108 ratings