The Spider and the Stone: A Novel of Scotland's Black Douglas by Glen CraneyThe Spider and the Stone: A Novel of Scotland's Black Douglas by Glen Craney

The Spider and the Stone: A Novel of Scotland's Black Douglas

byGlen Craney

Paperback | October 15, 2013

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As the 14th century dawns, Scotland's survival hangs by a spider's thread. While the clans scrap for the empty throne, Edward Longshanks of England schemes to annex the ancient northern kingdom. But one dark-skinned lad stands in the brutal monarch's path. James Douglas is cherished by his fellow Scots as the Good Sir James. Yet his daring raids across the border inflict such havoc that the English brand him the Black Douglas and nearly bankrupt their treasury to capture him. As a boy, James falls in love with the ravishing Isabelle MacDuff, whose clan for centuries has inaugurated Scottish monarchs on the hallowed Stone of Destiny. Yet their world is upturned when James befriends Robert Bruce, a bitter enemy of the MacDuffs. Forced to choose between love and clan loyalty, James and Isabelle make a fateful decision that draws the armies to the bloody field of Bannockburn. Here is the little-known story of Scotland's War of Independence and the remarkable events that followed the execution of William Wallace, whose legend was portrayed in the movie Braveheart. At last, James Douglas takes his rightful place with Wallace and Bruce in the pantheon of Scottish heroes. This thrilling epic leads us to the miraculous Stone of Destiny, to the famous Spider in the Cave, to the excommunicated Knights Templar and Freemasons, to the suppressed Culdee Church, to the initiation of Christ in Britain, and to the unprecedented Declaration of Arbroath, which inspired the American Declaration of Independence four hundred years later. The Spider and the Stone is the unforgettable saga of the star-crossed love, spiritual intrigue, and heroic sacrifice that saved Scotland.

Glen Craney is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and lawyer. The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship prize for best new screenwriting. He is also a two-time indieBRAG Medallion Honoree, a Chaucer Award First-Place Winner for Historical Fiction set during the Middle Ages, and has three ti...
Title:The Spider and the Stone: A Novel of Scotland's Black DouglasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:Brigid's Fire PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0981648401

ISBN - 13:9780981648408

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Spider and the Stone A very good historical embelished story . Found it set the scene nicely and had to keep reading. Wars and relationships intertwined. Recommended reading.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. History at it's best, captivating from the first words and till the end. I searched the history of those times, Mr. Craney did an excellent job to stick to the recored facts.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant ! This is an excellent novel set in the 14th century with the ruthless King Edward Longshanks sitting on the English throne. Edward, together with his corrupted cronies is determined to squash the uprising in Scotland and capture Robert the Bruce and his supporter The Black Douglas. The author has done a tremendous job of portraying this time period and bringing it alive for the readers with characters described in such depth and detail you could certainly feel their despair and suffering. Glen Craney weaves a fine tale along with intriguing mysticism scattered throughout the book. I found many parts so mesmerizing I had to re-read these pages a second and even a third time. It is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve had the pleasure of reading! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2015-04-10

Editorial Reviews

Chaucer Award First-Place Category Historical FictionForeword Magazine Book-of-the-Year Award FinalistindieBRAG Medallion HonoreeBTS Readers Choice Award Honorable Mention"The best book I've read this year. ... [It] touched my Scottish-American warrior's heart." -- JOHN GRAHAM, Seneschal of the Society of Creative Anachronism"The battle scenes are detailed and vivid, giving the reader a ringside seat at Scotland's desperate fight for freedom. ... 'Spider' will hold readers in suspense." -- IND'TALE MAGAZINE"[B]est historical fiction I have read in years. From the beginning to the end there is not a dull moment. If I could give this book 10 willies I would. But alas I can only give 5 and I do." -- TO READ, OR NOT TO READ REVIEWS"[Craney] has woven a well-crafted, interesting tale." -- HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY"One of the three best reads of 2014." -- CYNTHIA ROBERTSON, historical novelist"As a fan of the works of Bernard Cornwell and Robert Low, I am very spoiled when it comes to novels of this genre. I was not disappointed in the least....Well written and it is fun stuff!" -- AMAZON REVIEWER"A well-written, enthralling adventure." --BTS MAGAZINE READERS CHOICE"If you like Conn Iggulden, you will love this novel." -- GOODREADS REVIEWER"[A] memorable, well-researched, and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction! Great read that is highly recommended!" -- CRYSTAL BOOK REVIEWS"[A] gripping read...I'd highly recommend this book, it has everything you could want, war, love, death, betrayal, patriotism and some awesome dogs." --DAVID BAIRD BOOK BLURG"[A] brilliant novel that has taken my breath away and has become one read I sorely wish I enjoyed sooner." -- AS THE FINAL PAGE TURNS REVIEWS"A fun read" with a "collection of magnificently despicable characters." -- C.P. LESLEY, historical novelist"Exciting and gripping story...I found it to be an entertaining, interesting and engrossing book to read, and I am looking forward to more of Mr. Craney's works." -- D. ANDREW MCCHESNEY, historical novelist