The eagerly awaited second volume in the Guardians
The year is 1284 and it is a period of seeming peace in
Scotland. It is also a time when the future of a country is being
forged in the form of a young boy, ten-year-old Robert Bruce. He is
witness to an extraordinary gathering of noblemen who have come to
his family''s estate, including King Edward of England, King
Alexander of Scotland, and Lord Angus Mohr MacDonald of Islay. It
is his first encounter with these powerful men, but it is certainly
not his last. And what he sees and learns there about the nature of
power will remain with him for many years to come.
In the decade that follows, King Alexander dies without an heir
and Scotland falls into chaos. The potential for civil war brings a
growing threat of invasion from England as Edward I, young Bruce''s
hero and feudal patron, develops an obsession with adding Scotland,
like Wales, to England''s crown by conquest. One man with
extraordinary vision and strength will unite Scotland''s warring
factions against the larger threat that looms beyond its borders,
but to do so he will have to resolve the conflict of his own
personal, feudal, and national loyalties. This is the story of the
man destined to be Robert I, King of Scots.
Filled with intrigue, high adventure, and remarkable characters,
The Renegade is a dazzling feat of storytelling that
weaves fascinating historical detail into the drama and excitement
for which Jack Whyte is renowned.