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by Robyn Young
The internationally bestselling novel from one of the most brilliant new voices in historical fiction of recent years that brings the Crusades to life. In the epic tradition of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Manda Scott.
From the burning plains of Syria to the filthy backstreets of Paris and London, Brethren is the story of Will Campbell, coming of age in a time of conspiracy, passion, politics and war. Will has been brought up from boyhood in the ways of the all-powerful Order of the Knights Templar. With a tragedy in his past that looms over his future, he faces a long, hard apprenticeship to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, before he can have any chance of becoming a Knight. As he struggles to survive in the harsh discipline of the Temple, Will must try to make sense of many things: his own past, the dangerous mystery that surrounds Everard, and his confused feelings for Elwen, the strong-willed young woman whose path seems always to cross his own. Meanwhile, a new star is rising in the East. A ruthless fighter and brilliant tactician, the former slave Baybars has become one of the greatest generals and rulers of his time. Haunted by his early life, he is driven by an unquenchable desire to free his people from the European invaders of his homeland. With page-turning suspense and thrilling action, Brethren brilliantly evokes that extraordinary clash of civilizations known in the West as the Crusades. Robyn Young portrays a rich cast of characters, reflecting on each side greed, ambition and religious fanaticism, as well as courage, love and faith.
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'Wonderful... loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue. The Crusades come alive' -- Steve Berry, author of THE TEMPLAR LEGACY 'BRETHREN is one of the best historical debuts in recent memory. Exciting and enthralling, it gripped me from the first page and left me waiting anxiously for the next instalment' -- John Connolly, author of THE BLACK ANGEL and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS 'Rich historical detail, clever plotting and engaging characters ... a historical thriller that will have readers turning pages and envisioning the sequel' -- Publishers Weekly 20060424 'Pacy and well-written, with vivid, convincing characters, Brethren captures your interest until the last page. I eagerly anticipate the sequel, knowing I will not be disappointed' -- Alison Weir 20060424 'Intricate, compelling, captivating and, above all, believable ... a brilliant piece of sustained imagination' -- David Boyle, author of BLONDEL'S SONG 20060424 'Robyn Young's BRETHREN is a truly excellent novel. The thirteenth century is vividly and excitingly evoked ... I can't wait for the sequel!' -- Mark Philpott, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford 20060424 'Stirring...carefully researched' -- Publishing News 20060505 'A sweeping historical adventure with strong characters and serious verve...hits all the big emotional points...Can't wait for the next two volumes!' -- Sarah Weinman (Baltimore Sun, Shots Magazine, Galleycat blog) 20060505 'If you love the Templars, the Crusades, and the Middle Ages, this is the book for you. Robyn Young is an exciting new voice that speaks loudly' -- Sharon Penman, author 20060627 'Engaging and enjoyable - Robyn Young brings the tumultuous medieval world to life with pace and flair' -- Tom Harper, author, Knights Of The Cross 20060627 'Richly worked and captivating...an epic story of war, intrigue and heroism' -- Good Book Guide 20060627 'Tipped to be the next Da Vinci Code' -- Elle 20060627 'El Cid meets The Da Vinci Code! Exciting, page-turning fiction' -- Simon Mayo's Book Panel, BBC Radio Five Live 20060627
About Robyn Young
Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives and writes in Brighton full-time. Her first novel, BRETHREN, was the bestselling hardback debut novel of 2006, with the paperback also going straight into the top ten bestseller list. Two more bestsellers followed, CRUSADE and REQUIEM, completing the Brethren trilogy, which has now sold over a million copies and been translated into nineteen languages.The inspiration for Robyn's new trilogy, which began with INSURRECTION and continues in RENEGADE, grew out of an earlier research trip to Scotland. Robyn explains: 'Day by day, out of the pages of history and the wild landscape, one figure came striding, larger, clearer than all the others - Robert the Bruce. He swept me off my feet and carried me into a story of bitter family feuds, two civil wars and the struggle for the crown. I realised there was no way this character could play a cameo role in another man's story. His tale was too powerful, too intricate and too good to be cut down and boxed to fit.'To find out more about Robyn Young and her historical novels, visit her website at www.robynyoung.com and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RobynYoungAuthor and follow her on Twitter @RobynYoung36
Brethren: Brethren Trilogy Book 1 by Robyn Young
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Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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