Friday, April 15, 2016

THE GUARDIAN - Jack Whyte

Some men strive for greatness. And some men find themselves thrust into the role of their nation's saviors. Such are the two heroes who reshaped and reconfigured the entire destiny of the kingdom of Scotland. Wallace the Braveheart would become the only legendary, heroic, commoner in medieval British history; the undying champion of the common man. The other, Robert Bruce, earl of Carrick, would perfect the techniques of guerrilla warfare developed by Wallace and use them to create his own place in history as the greatest king of Scots.
In the spring of 1297, the two men meet in Ayr, in the south of Scotland, each having recently lost a young wife, one in childbirth and the other by murder. Each is heartbroken but determined in his grief to defy the ambitions of England and its malignant king, Edward Plantagenet, whose lust to conquer and consume the realm of Scotland is blatant and unyielding. Their combined anger at the injustices of the invading English is about to unleash a storm in Scotland that will last for sixteen years-and destroy England's military power for decades-before giving rise to a new nation of free men.
Jack Whyte is a master of the sweeping historical epic and The Guardian is the latest in his evocative chronicle of the formation of his beloved Scotland.

REVIEW

Jack Whyte has always been a favorite author of mine. In the novel THE GUARDIAN, Jack Whyte delves deep into 13th century Scottish history.

At the heart of the story are William Wallace (Braveheart) and Robert Bruce (Earl of Carrick), which the author skilfully brings to vivid life. They seemed so real, so credible, that I became very attached to them, emotionally connected even. For those of you who regularly follow Jack Whyte, then you know you can expect a richly written story that is immaculately researched with plenty of fascinating primary and secondary characters. And for those who are not familiar with Jack Whyte, then you can be assured that you are in for a treat. Especially if this is the first book of his you read.

THE GUARDIAN is pure historical fiction that strictly follows the path of history. Historical details are written in to conversations to make it more interesting and easy to understand. Battle scenes and military tactics are always a specialty of the author. He writes them with such clarity, I envisioned them perfectly - including the sights, smells, and sounds. Whyte knows the 13th century well, expertly weaving fact and fiction seamlessly together to recreate history in a larger than life faction. His prose is immensely readable, engaging, and simple, keeping a steady interesting pace throughout.

For these reasons and more, Jack Whyte is always a reader's favorite - definitely mine for sure!

Many thanks  to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for visiting my blog, http://greathistoricals.blogspot.ca, where the greatest historical fiction is reviewed! For fascinating women of history bios and women's fiction please visit http://www.historyandwomen.com.


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