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Robert the Bruce: A Tale of the Guardians (Guardians Trilogy) Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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The second volume in Whyte’s Guardians series is a bold, brash tribute to Robert the Bruce, one of medieval Scotland’s fiercest warriors and its most revered king. Following the formula he established in The Forest Laird, his fictional biography of William Wallace, Whyte traces Robert’s childhood, adolescence, and eventual evolution into a stalwart leader and champion of Scottish independence. As Edward I of England continues his quest to transform his unwilling neighbor to the north into his personal fiefdom, Robert develops the military and political skills necessary in order to lead a rebellion and liberate his beloved nation. All roads in this series can and must lead to the bloody Battle of Bannockburn as Whyte introduces James Douglas, setting the stage for the next installment in this series. Historical-fiction fans will dig into this meaty Highland saga. --Margaret Flanagan
“Of the scores of novels based on Arthurian legend, Whyte's Camulod series is distinctive, particularly in the rendering of its leading players and the residual Roman influences that survived in Britain during the Dark Ages.” ―The Washington Post on Uther
“Few authors can match Whyte when it comes to epic battle scenes.” ―Publishers Weekly on Standard of Honor
“Whyte, a master at painting pictures on an epic-sized canvas, pulls the reader into the story with his usual deft combination of historical drama and old-fashioned adventure.” ―Booklist on Knights of the Black and White
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Whyte makes the period come alive, you can smell the food roasting on a spit at a military encampment, you will learn what type of weapons the soldiers carried and how they used them. He makes these vague figures from history come alive, they are living breathing human beings with thoughts and fears.
That being said in my opinion (and this is the opinion of a huge fan), this is not his best work. I must state that I am only 3/4 of the way through this book but and it pains me to say this....it drags. I can't say there are not parts of the Camolud Chronicles that are not slow but I always cannot wait to get to the next chapter. This book gets a bit too mired in the younger Bruce's days leading up to his marriage. It will probably pick up beyond that point but I find myself not as eager as I usually am to get to the next page.
This is the second of Whyte's Guardians of Scotland books, the first was about William Wallace and that book was fantastic, it also ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger, I was really hoping that Whyte was going to pick it up from there but that may not be the case. Whyte has a penchant for telling the story BEHIND the "known" story. The Camolud series begins generations BEFORE Arthur is born and from what I have read he only grudgingly went beyond Arthurs coronation because so many fans clamored for him to continue.
While Robert the Bruce is a fascinating historical figure I find myself wanting more of William Wallace. Yes Braveheart was a great movie but any history buff knows it was only vaguely based in real history. I look forward to more of Whyte's take on the mythical Wallace.
That being said this is still an interesting book and maybe as it goes on Whyte will be able to surmise some of the questions behind Bruce's behaviors. Any student of the period know that Bruce went back and forth in his loyalties and I think Whyte is trying to surmise what was behind some of that behavior.
Buy this book, read this book BUT if you are new to Whyte don't start with this one.
I recognize that both of these books are historic fiction, but, I wonder what both William Wallace and Robert Bruce would say about current events. Would they have changed anything that they did back then? I think not. Thank you for writing these great books.
I'd describe this book as both banal and listless. The history is excellent and very well researched; however, the characters are dull and limpid.
I was so excited when I saw Whyte had started a new series and so disappointed once I read the first book.