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The Spider and the Stone: A Novel of Scotland's Black Douglas by [Craney, Glen]
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Chaucer Award First-Place Category Historical Fiction Foreword Magazine Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist indieBRAG Medallion Honoree BTS Readers Choice Award Honorable Mention "The best book I've read this year. ... [It] touched my Scottish-American warrior's heart." -- JOHN GRAHAM, Seneschal of the Society of Creative Anachronism "The battle scenes are detailed and vivid, giving the reader a ringside seat at Scotland's desperate fight for freedom. ... 'Spider' will hold readers in suspense." -- IND'TALE MAGAZINE "[B]est historical fiction I have read in years. From the beginning to the end there is not a dull moment. If I could give this book 10 willies I would. But alas I can only give 5 and I do." -- TO READ, OR NOT TO READ REVIEWS "[Craney] has woven a well-crafted, interesting tale." -- HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY "One of the three best reads of 2014." -- CYNTHIA ROBERTSON, historical novelist "As a fan of the works of Bernard Cornwell and Robert Low, I am very spoiled when it comes to novels of this genre. I was not disappointed in the least....Well written and it is fun stuff!" -- AMAZON REVIEWER "A well-written, enthralling adventure." --BTS MAGAZINE READERS CHOICE "If you like Conn Iggulden, you will love this novel." -- GOODREADS REVIEWER "[A] memorable, well-researched, and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction! Great read that is highly recommended!" -- CRYSTAL BOOK REVIEWS "[A] gripping read...I'd highly recommend this book, it has everything you could want, war, love, death, betrayal, patriotism and some awesome dogs." --DAVID BAIRD BOOK BLURG "[A] brilliant novel that has taken my breath away and has become one read I sorely wish I enjoyed sooner." -- AS THE FINAL PAGE TURNS REVIEWS "A fun read" with a "collection of magnificently despicable characters." -- C.P. LESLEY, historical novelist "Exciting and gripping story...I found it to be an entertaining, interesting and engrossing book to read, and I am looking forward to more of Mr. Craney's works." -- D. ANDREW MCCHESNEY, historical novelist

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Scotland's survival hangs on an outlaw king on the run.

"Absolutely fantastic....Best historical novel I've ever read about Scotland during the days of Robert the Bruce." -- librarian Debbi DuBose

James Douglas vows to avenge his father's murder.

Isabelle MacDuff prays to escape a fate worse than death.

As the 14th century dawns, their fellow Scots scrap over the empty throne. Seizing the opportunity to enlarge his kingdom, the brutal Edward Longshanks of England invades his weakened neighbor to the north.

Yet one young warrior--who will become feared by his enemies as the Black Douglas--stands in the path of three Plantagenet monarchs.

Their clans are sworn rivals, but James pursues the ravishing Isabelle, whose forefathers for centuries have inaugurated kings on the hallowed Stone of Destiny. Their world is upturned when James befriends Robert Bruce, a bitter foe of the MacDuffs. Both James and Isabelle must make agonizing decisions that will draw the armies to the bloody field of Bannockburn.

Here is the story of the remarkable events following the execution of William Wallace of Braveheart fame. Set during the Bruce wars of independence, The Spider and the Stone is the unforgettable saga of the star-crossed love, religious intrigue, fierce friendship in arms, and heroic sacrifice that preserved Scotland's freedom during its time of greatest peril.

START READING THE STIRRING STORY OF THE BLACK DOUGLAS TODAY.


  • Chaucer Award First-Place Historical Fiction
  • Foreword Finalist Book-of-the-Year Historical Fiction
  • indieBRAG Medallion
  • BTS Magazine Reader's Choice Honorable Mention

What Readers Are Saying:

  • "The best book I've read this year. Touched my Scottish-American warrior's heart."
    -- JOHN GRAHAM, SENESCHAL, SOCIETY OF CREATIVE ANACHRONISM
  • "The battle scenes are detailed and vivid, giving the reader a ringside seat at Scotland's desperate fight for freedom.... Spider will hold readers in suspense."
    -- IND'TALE MAGAZINE
  • "[B]est historical fiction I have read in years."
    -- TO READ, OR NOT TO READ
  • "Sons of Scotland, sweep me away! [The story] will stay burning in my mind for days to come."
    -- AS THE FINAL PAGE TURNS
  • "[Craney] has woven a well-crafted, interesting tale."
    -- HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY
  • "One of the best historical fiction novels I have read in a long time....a wonderful weaving of history, adventure, love, conflict and more."
    -- 2READANDREVIEWED


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3835 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brigid's Fire Press (26 October 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G8OOT7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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