A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) E–pub New


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  • A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1)
  • J.R. Tomlin
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  • 03 July 2019
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Free read  A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ J.R. Tomlin J.R. Tomlin ☆ 2 Read & download 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 Scotland is occupied the Scottish resistance crushed The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned Yet James believes their cause is. We are lectured daily about this that or the other freedom Freedom of speech freedom of assembly Freedom to consume ridiculously priced coffees with silly names Sometimes historical fiction provides a reminder that our liberties are only words and that they can be whisked away in a moment at the whim of the powerfulA Kingdom s Cost is set at the beginning of the 14th Century during the long drawn out wars of Scottish independence It follows the exploits of the suire James Douglas Homeless and landless at the beginning of the novel his father dead at the hands of Edward Longshanks he makes his way back from hiding in France to throw in his lot with Robert the Bruce By the end of the story he has become a battle hardened veteran Black Douglas to his English enemies brutal and ruthless in the service of his kingJR Tomlin shows us a harder time one in which winter brings starvation and wounds turn bad No freedoms here only obligations to one s family and to one s lord Her picture is of a society clinging to the landscape Violence and cruelty are routine She does not shy away from bloodshed men and horses are remorselessly gutted and we learn than we really want to know about the reality of hanging drawing and uarteringThe landscapes themselves meanwhile are beautifully drawn As in John Buchan s adventures the action seems to grow out of the Scottish settings Mountains and glens furze and heather provide a counterpoint to the dangers the hero faces emphasising them and at the same time putting them in their placeTomlin s characters are romanticised and perhaps a little self consciously historical but this does not matter because she has real flair for dramatic story telling The narrative plunges on in a series of episodes reflecting the progress or lack of it in the Bruce s campaign There is a vivid evocation of personal experience sweat and the smell of horse shit the weight of chain mail a herald shouting to the assembled army with nobody able to hear his wordsOne judgement which every writer of historical fiction has to make concerns the language How authentic need it be to provide a flavour of the time Tomlin has opted for a scattering of antiue expressions apparently intended to give a patina to the story Not a wise choice Most of them are out of place historically serving to highlight the romanticised aspect of the book rather than its authenticityShe seems particularly fond of the word mayhap which occurs over and over again sometimes in dialogue where it might pass muster but often in narrative passages The first time I came across this the effect was like a poke in the eye A sadder pedant than I am might have looked up mayhap and found that the earliest recorded usage OED was in 1536 than two hundred years later An even sadder case might have started looking up other expressions Tomlin uses and found merlon 1704 good brother 1513 retiral 1611 gallowglass 1515 garron 16th Century The truth is that the Scottish wars took place a full generation before Chaucer was born Even in the south spoken English would have been barely recognisable to us in Scotland they would probably have used Norman French or Mediaeval Gaelic Robert the Bruce s ancestors were Norman In my Kindle edition I also found a number of proofing and formatting errors which even a casual check should have picked up Typographical errors included the usual missing spaces between words fair instead of fare censor instead of censer your instead of you re and so on More serious were the sudden changes of font which appeared in half a dozen paragraphs throughout the book Things like this are very disappointing in an otherwise well crafted work Disappointing too was the failure to provide either a cover or a table of contents the latter would have been particularly welcome as there were several appendices and a list of characters which I would have liked to refer to while readingTomlin shares with the authors of Kidnapped and The 39 Steps an ability to draw a vivid story out of the landscape Sad that she does not pay as much attention to the detail Baby Be Mine veteran Black Douglas to his English enemies brutal and ruthless in the service of his kingJR Tomlin shows us a harder time one in which winter brings starvation and wounds turn bad No freedoms here only obligations to one s family and to one s lord Her picture is of a society clinging to the landscape Violence and cruelty are routine She does not shy away from bloodshed men and horses are remorselessly gutted and we learn than we really want to know about the reality of hanging drawing and uarteringThe landscapes themselves meanwhile are beautifully drawn As in John Buchan s adventures the action seems to grow out of the Scottish settings Mountains and glens furze and heather provide a counterpoint to the dangers the hero faces emphasising them and at the same time putting them in their placeTomlin s characters are romanticised and perhaps a little self consciously historical but this does not matter because she has real flair for dramatic story telling The narrative plunges on in a series of episodes reflecting the progress or lack of it in the Bruce s campaign There is a ألمم عقدى بغضب vivid evocation of personal experience sweat and the smell of horse shit the weight of chain mail a herald shouting to the assembled army with nobody able to hear his wordsOne judgement which every writer of historical fiction has to make concerns the language How authentic need it be to provide a flavour of the time Tomlin has opted for a scattering of antiue expressions apparently intended to give a patina to the story Not a wise choice Most of them are out of place historically serving to highlight the romanticised aspect of the book rather than its authenticityShe seems particularly fond of the word mayhap which occurs over and over again sometimes in dialogue where it might pass muster but often in narrative passages The first time I came across this the effect was like a poke in the eye A sadder pedant than I am might have looked up mayhap and found that the earliest recorded usage OED was in 1536 than two hundred years later An even sadder case might have started looking up other expressions Tomlin uses and found merlon 1704 good brother 1513 retiral 1611 gallowglass 1515 garron 16th Century The truth is that the Scottish wars took place a full generation before Chaucer was born Even in the south spoken English would have been barely recognisable to us in Scotland they would probably have used Norman French or Mediaeval Gaelic Robert the Bruce s ancestors were Norman In my Kindle edition I also found a number of proofing and formatting errors which even a casual check should have picked up Typographical errors included the usual missing spaces between words fair instead of fare censor instead of censer your instead of you re and so on More serious were the sudden changes of font which appeared in half a dozen paragraphs throughout the book Things like this are Voice of the Trees very disappointing in an otherwise well crafted work Disappointing too was the failure to provide either a cover or a table of contents the latter would have been particularly welcome as there were several appendices and a list of characters which I would have liked to refer to while readingTomlin shares with the authors of Kidnapped and The 39 Steps an ability to draw a Nine and a Half Weeks A Memoir of a Love Affair vivid story out of the landscape Sad that she does not pay as much attention to the detail

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Free read  A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ J.R. Tomlin J.R. Tomlin ☆ 2 Read & download 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 conueror he figh. This historical novel is set in Scotland during the reign of Edward Longshanks and Robert De Bruce James is the young Lord of Douglas who inherits the title while still in school in Paris after his father s sudden deathThrust into a situation where Scotland is not only fighting the English but fighting amongst themselves James has to grow up fast Pledging himself to Robert De Bruce he falls in love with Isabella from whose clan all Scottish Kings were crowned She is married to Comyn who supports Edward s claim to Scotland By crowning De Bruce it is implied she has severed all ties with her husband and she eventually becomes James s loverThere are a lot of battles in this book despite a number of years being skipped between chapters This leaves the story feeling a little disjointed in terms of the characters lives The story is united by the cause to keep Robert De Bruce in charge of Scotland and the English out For those who like action based stories this book deals with the battle scenes very well but there was not enough characterization and development for me to make this book a truly interesting historical novel

Free read A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1)

Free read  A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ J.R. Tomlin J.R. Tomlin ☆ 2 Read & download Eighteen year old James Douglas can only watch helpless as the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace is hanged drawn and uartered Even under the heel of a brutal English conueror James's blood drenched homeland may still have one hope for freedom the rightful king of the Scots Robert. As historical adventures go this was okay It s got plenty of story set about a decade before Bannockburn one of the very few dates I remember from prep school history lessons following the struggle between Robert the Bruce of Scotland and Edward Longshanks of EnglandHowever JR Tomlin is no Nigel Tranter The characters don t have much depth and there s no real sense of historical context There s a lot going on but it wasn t as involving as it could beThe Kindle edition is in serious need of an editor Whole paragraphs turn up in Courier font for no reason and the text is riddled with typos For example please learn the difference between a censer and a censor Burning censors may be a fine political statement but I don t think that was what the author meant And please you should be able to get your characters names right Niall is freuently called Naill and I m not sure whether the love interest was supposed to be Isabelle Isabella or Isabel I got this as a freebie and it passed the time one lazy morning As luck would have it the second volume was a freebie the following day so I grabbed that too I guess it can t have been that bad if I m willing to read


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    A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) E–pub New With a little work and a good editor this could have been a 4 star rating The story seemed a bit thinly developed and use of several characters was shalloweven gratuitousnot much than a name dropped from historyThe Kindle version was riddled with errorsdozens and dozens of misspellings grammaticalpunctuation errors format issuesseems a shame to have released it in this condition There is much potential for a very good st

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    A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) E–pub New As historical adventures go this was okay It's got plenty of story set about a decade before Bannockburn one of the very few dates I remember from prep school history lessons following the struggle between Robert the Bruce of Scotland and Edward Longshanks of EnglandHowever JR Tomlin is no Nigel Tranter The characters don't have much depth and there's no real sense of historical context There's a lot going on but it wasn't as involving a

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    Free read A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) J.R. Tomlin ☆ 2 Read & download Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ J.R. Tomlin Overall an enjoyable read Tomlin's writing style is much like Robert Low and the subject matter the Wars of Scottish Independence is one of my favorites 4 stars because I did enjoy it but I nearly gave it 3 stars a

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    A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) E–pub New This was well written apart from some typos which just means it needs an editor or a better one with a good plot but I didn't find myself attached to any of the characters When there were emotional moments for them I didn't really feel anything because the characters were a little one dimensionalMy only complaint about the writing w

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    J.R. Tomlin ☆ 2 Read & download Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ J.R. Tomlin Free read A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) We are lectured daily about this that or the other freedom Freedom of speech freedom of assembly Freedom to consume ridiculously priced coffees with silly names Sometimes historical fiction provides a reminder that our liberties are only words and that they can be whisked away in a moment at the whim of the powerfulA Kingdom's Cos

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    J.R. Tomlin ☆ 2 Read & download Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ J.R. Tomlin A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) E–pub New This was a wonderful book based on James The Black Douglas and his exploits in the service of the new King of Scotland Robert the Bruce Although he has been crowned the Bruce is in the middle of a kingdom largely in the control of Edward Longshanks King of England and also known as the Hammer of the Scots Forced to endure terrible treatment under the english the Scots are determined to have their own kind and their own country free of the E

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    A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) E–pub New This historical novel is set in Scotland during the reign of Edward Longshanks and Robert De Bruce James is the young Lord of Douglas who inherits the title while still in school in Paris after his father’s sudden deathThrust into a situation where Scotland is not only fighting the English but fighting amongst themselves James has to grow up fast Pledging himself to Robert De Bruce he falls in love with Isabella from whose clan

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    Free read A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) Free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ J.R. Tomlin J.R. Tomlin ☆ 2 Read & download A Good Book Alert Review with gripping action seuences and rock solid historical research A Kingdom's Cost plunges the reader into the desperate Scottish struggle for freedom SummaryWilliam Wallace has been defeated and executed The English brutally occupy Scotland The only hope for Scotland's freedom is her rightful king Robert the Bruce After seeing the execution of William Wallace James Douglas devotes himself to the Bruce and his war of

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    A Kingdoms Cost (The Black Douglas Trilogy, #1) E–pub New There are historical novels that make you wonder where the author got their information from and there are historical novels

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