I think it takes a talented Author to write a story based over 800 years ago, and do it so well that I could picture myself standing next to Robert the Bruce. This was such an enjoyable book to read, and Glen Craney has done a wonderful job. James and Robert were certainly my favourite characters, but there are so many other great ones filling the pages. James and Gibbie really need James’s dad Wil Douglas to do something and stop the British from hanging them both. Mind you getting caught by the King ‘Longshanks’ Edward and his men was their own fault after Wil told them to stay behind the wall, and not to venture out. However being young lads they wanted adventure and thought it would be fun to pretend being Jesters and entertain the British troops. James Douglas new he was fast, but he didn’t count on being tripped and was kicked until he fell over the edge of a cliff, and it was only Morgainne the Raven Goddess of Death that saves him from his death. Of course it’s going to cost him two souls in the future, and even though he wants to live now, this is certainly going to come back and haunt him later. Isabella MacDuff was quite taken with James when she saw him, and she’s certainly not impressed that her father wants to marry her off to one of the Comyn Clan. She’s hopeful that James can take her away before this can happen. Tabhann wasn’t James to stay away from Isabella and he ambushes him with the help of a few other lads from the MacFuff and Comyn Clans. Luckily for James that Robert The Bruce comes to his aid. There are many out there who think that Robert isn’t a true Scotsman, and that’s he’s just a lackey to the English King. Robert and James set up raiding parties to attack the British Soldiers, and they have a few successes, but Longshanks isn’t the sort of King to give up easily. What make it worse is Longshanks having dementia, which has made him so unpredictable. However he is still lucid enough to know that he wants the Robert the traitor brought before him. James wants to rescue Isabella from England, and he knows that’s not going to be an easy thing to achieve, but he wants her back. This story is full of adventure and intrigue, and is definitely worth adding to your reading list.
Though a keen reader of historical novels and very interested in Scotland, I abandoned this book after a few pages The tenor of the writing is teenage video games player crossed with the annual report of a re-enactment society. Or a fan-boy who read the Outlander books and skipped over the sexy bits because they were boring. If you're looking for a rousing tale set in an interesting time in Scottish history - don't choose this one.