The Forest Laird: A Tale Of William Wallace by Jack WhyteThe Forest Laird: A Tale Of William Wallace by Jack Whyte

The Forest Laird: A Tale Of William Wallace

byJack Whyte

Mass Market Paperback | August 2, 2011

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In the pre-dawn hours of August 24, AD 1305, in London's Smithfield Prison, the outlaw William Wallace, who is to be executed at dawn, is visited by a Scottish priest who has come to hear his last confession. So begins The Forest Laird, the first book in Jack Whyte's masterful new trilogy, The Guardians.

Wallace's story leads us through his many lives—as an outlaw and a fugitive, a hero and a patriot, a rebel and a kingmaker. He is the first heroic figure from the Scottish Wars of Independence brought blazingly to life in Jack Whyte's new trilogy and will be followed by his two compatriots, Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, and Sir James Douglas, known as the Black Douglas. Their exploits and escapades, desperate struggles and medieval savagery, high ideals and fierce patriotism are the stuff of legends, and the soul and substance of these epic novels.

Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland and has lived in Canada since 1967. He has been an actor, orator, singer, poet, and businessman at various stages of his life, and he holds an honorary doctorate of letters for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. A resident of Kelowna, British Columbia, he is the author of the intern...
Title:The Forest Laird: A Tale Of William WallaceFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 2 inPublished:August 2, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143169092

ISBN - 13:9780143169093

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I sought out this book after wanting to learn more about William Wallace, and was introduced to the Guardian Series. This book is excellent, and portrays a more accurate vision of William Wallace than Braveheart apparently did.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Historical fiction at its best The Forest Laird is a well researched novel about William Wallace, despite the fact that its conclusion does not include particulars of his late life accomplishments ... posssibly to be later related in the next novel ofd the triology ''The Renegade.''
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anticipating the next one I confess that I am a big Jack Whyte fan. He makes history fun as his writing is smooth and flowing. He makes you live the origin of the tensions between the Scots and Brit that exists today, witness the Scottish Independence Movement. Little did I know that William Wallace was the original Robin Hood. I can not wait for the next novel.
Date published: 2011-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOT Braveheart...better First, this is NOT a novelization of the movie "Braveheart". Where the movie focused largely on the mythology of William Wallace, this book offers a much more historically balanced presentation. At the same time, it is a fictionalized account and not a text book. Whyte has walked this line very carefully, however, with other myth-historical characters (King Arthur, the Knights Templar) and managed to pull off riviting stories that also manage to teach you a thing or two about the period, the politics and the religions that shaped the people. Whyte's characters are believable because of their very humanity...their fragility...and so the story clips along at an amazing pace and you never reach a moment where you sit back and think "As if.." or "Yeah, right". William Wallace is not a superhero in the comic book sense, but rather a man who is pushed to the brink by events and actions outside of his ken. He fails, at times. And ultimately, we know how the story ends (no spoiler alert here), so we know he remains human. A warning to the people who want a quick read, however. While Whyte works wonders with words, he also tries to write very complete stories. Thus, this book is only Volume One (700-ish pages) of what is likely to be a 3-part series. Luckily for those of us who like his writing, Whyte is still very active in his writing and so you won't find yourself waiting 5 years or more for the next volume (unlike one author I know to whom my family and friends are addicted). PS The US book cover is way too Harlequin Romance for my liking and should not be taken to indicate the type of story you'll find inside."
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written and fast paced by a master story teller The untold story of "Braveheart" from the time when he was an 11year old boy. Excellent, fast paced and difficult to put down.
Date published: 2010-11-19

Editorial Reviews

“With The Forest Laird, novelist Jack Whyte paints a far more complex portrait—one in which William Wallace shines forth not just as an Achilles of the late 1200s, but as a reluctant outlaw, a Latin-speaking kingmaker and a sword-wielding patriot…. Whyte opens the novel brilliantly … [and] succeeds in weaving history into the story as it crackles along.” - The Globe and Mail“Whyte’s prose is punctuated with moments of tension that contrast perfectly with the book’s sombre tone.” - Winnipeg Free Press