Set in 13th century Scotland. The son of the murdered Earl of Ross, is a fugitive when his family, rival claimants for Scotland's crown, are declared traitors. Influenced by MacBeth and the writting of Nigel Tranter it is a tale of high drama and suspense.
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I had finished reading this book a couple of weeks back, yet I kept procrastinating when it came to reviewing this book. There were so many thoughts popping up in my mind that I just had to let things calm down before writing a review. Also, this is a difficult book to review as I do not know how much I can revealing the whole plot of the book.
The story begins with Seward being washed ashore after a shipwreck. He finds himself on the shores of Scotland where he is rescued by Kenneth MacAedh, an Earl. Grateful, Seward vows his loyalty to him with little idea about what he was getting himself into. When an age old feud between the MacAedh Clan and King Alexander claims the life of Kenneth, Seward takes it upon himself to protect Morgund, Kenneth’s son. With no one they can trust, Seward and Morgund must fight on to regain their position and for Morgund to exact revenge of his father’s death.
I had almost no knowledge of Scotland’s history and culture (except for kilts and bagpipes) before picking up this book. So it was interesting for me to get a glance at the Scottish Clans and its Royalty. The book is a treasure cove for those who would like to know more about Scotland’s past. I have not researched any of the information, and so I cannot vouch for its authenticity. But the author sure does make it all fell very real through his narration and storytelling. It was also very interesting to see the characters of Seward and Morgund grow and develop right in front of us. Morgund really surprised me with his growth. Some characters felt a bit unwanted in the story and some characters could have done with some back story to them. The plot of the story keeps the readers engaged and just when you think you have read it all, the author puts a new twist to it and creates another breath taking situation. However, I have to admit the whole experience of reading this book was made difficult due to lack of proper editing. There were some typo errors and stuff that even I could not ignore for long. Also, the cover of the book doesn’t do justice to the story that lies within.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience to learn something new about a country I know very little about.
Review Copy received from the Author