Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Spider And The Stone

At the dawn of the 14th century, Scotland's throne sits empty. Edward Longshanks invades Scotland hoping to add it to his realm. James--the Black Douglas aligns with Robert Bruce against the English invaders. James and his love Isabelle MacDuff must choose between their love, clan loyalty, and loyalty to their king. Beginning after the execution of William Wallace, it is the story of Scotland's fight for independence.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.* My attention was caught from the start of the book. Craney pulls you in with intrigue, battle, and a little romance. It was an excellent fictionalization of Scotland's struggle for independence against an encroaching force. The characters come alive as you face their struggles with them. This is a very detailed account that will keep you reading to discover what happens to these brave characters.

I was particularly interested in the detailed battle scenes. It makes history come alive as you read about the tactics that were used, and how the battles played out. I also really liked that there were strong female characters. You always hear about William Wallace, Robert Bruce, and Edward Longshanks, but I liked learning more about Isabelle MacDuff, Isabelle of France, Elizabeth de Burgh and Robert's daughter Marjory in this story.

This was a well researched book, which I appreciate in my historical fiction. Perhaps some of the details could have been edited to make it flow a little better in some places, but on the whole it provided an interesting account of Scotland's war for independence. I also appreciated the author's note and sources for further reading. This makes it easier to find answers to questions about something in the story or when you want to learn more about this fascinating time in history.

If you enjoy detailed historical fiction I think you should try reading this book.

I read this book as an ebook on my Nook, and had no difficulties with it.

*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book I would not have gotten to as soon, or heard about otherwise.

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