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A Kingdom's Cost: Book I of The Douglas Trilogy (edition 2011)

by J. R. Tomlin

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Title:A Kingdom's Cost: Book I of The Douglas Trilogy
Authors:J. R. Tomlin
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Paperback, 268 pages
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A Kingdom's Cost: A Novel of Scotland by J.R. Tomlin



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Good attempt at a fictionalize history of early Scotland and the brutality of English rule. Robert the Bruce of Scotland and Edward Longshanks of England are at war over the right to rule Scotland. Tomlin’s adventure show both violence and tedium of marching to and participating in battle. A subplot adds some romance. There were a few spots where the transition between scenes needs work and some words are misspelled. Overall, it provides the basis for forthcoming books in the series. ( )
  bemislibrary | May 19, 2016 |
Read this on my Kindle and enjoyed it very much. Learned a bit of European history as well. ( )
  libraryclerk | Mar 20, 2015 |
After reading Freedom's Sword I dove into this novel about the James Douglas who would become known and feared by the English as the Black Douglas. The author does an excellent job of taking you back to the beginning of the Scottish War of Independence with Robert the Bruce and his nobles living in the rough, pursued by Scots in the pay of the English, and the personal price paid by those fighting for Scotland. ( )
  lisa.schureman | Sep 20, 2014 |
I really hate it when I finish a book and immediately wish I had the next one. [A Kingdom's Cost] ended too soon. By this, I mean while the book completed the story it set out to tell - the fight for freedom for Scotland in 1306 and 1307 - I didn't want the book to end.

The story, the politics and the main characters come straight out of Scotland's history books and, through the pen of [[J.R. Tomlin]], come to life. I tend to get bored when descriptions of characters and their environs get too deeply involved. But, Tomlin involves the reader in the people and their time so thoroughly that one can feel the cold rain and hear the battle raging and experience their grief, without boring the reader in the process. Tomlin did not leave any story lines unfinished, either, yet ended the book in such a way that the sequel can easily be written.

[A Kingdom's Cost] is well researched, well written and very enjoyable. I am definitely keeping it on my re-read shelf, as well as keeping a lookout for other books written by [[J.R. Tomlin]]. ( )
1 vote Betty30554 | Dec 6, 2012 |
Historical fiction. One of my favorite genres. The research was definitely done on this book. I truly enjoyed it. Well worth reading. It gave depth to the real people that were involved in the battle. I read the book as slowly as I could to savor it which I hardly ever do.

I received this book in a LibraryThing Giveaway. ( )
  ladyofunicorns | Jul 6, 2012 |
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It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that
we are fighting, but for freedom--for that alone, which no
honest man gives up but with life itself.
Declaration of Arbroath (1320)
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Paris: September, 1300
"Putain de merde!" Dazed, knocked to his knees by the merchant's blow, James Douglas leaned against the brick wall.
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Prologue takes place in 1300, main story begins July 1304.

Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch, helpless, as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. Even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, James’s blood-drenched homeland may still have one hope for freedom, the rightful king of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.

The Bruce is soon a fugitive, king in name and nothing more. Scotland is occupied, the Scottish resistance crushed. Only James believes their cause is not lost. With driving determination, he blazes a path in blood and violence, in cunning and ruthlessness as he wages a guerrilla war to restore Scotland’s freedom. James knows he risks sharing Wallace’s fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.
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