The friendship that changed the destiny of a nation…
In the waning years of the thirteenth century, two young noblemen form a bond that forever changes their destiny and that of Scotland’s. Their shared pledge of honor would endure for a lifetime to secure power in the Isles for Angus Og Macdonald and a crown for Robert Bruce. This is the story of their friendship, their times and the battle that secured their future.
Standing beside them would be two women from Ireland, Áine O’Cahan, the dark-haired beauty from Ulster, who captured the heart of the Lord of the Isles, and Elizabeth de Burgh, the fair Norman heiress who stood by her man, King Robert Bruce, though it would cost her dearly.
Enter the world of medieval Scotland and live the adventure!
An epic and character-driven tale of love, loyalty and destiny
– 5 stars
In Bound by Honor Regan Walker crafts an epic tale of love, loyalty and destiny set during one of the most turbulent times in the history of Scotland, a time when the English crown is intent on gaining control over the land and its people. The book is the second in the Clan Donald Saga, packing a punch both in terms of its historical authenticity and its emotional impact and can be read as a standalone. Click here to read my review of Summer Warrior, the first book in the series.
I was thoroughly intrigued reading about the life of the central character Angus Og Macdonald, Lord of the Isles, and how as a youth he forged a firm friendship with his contemporary Robert Bruce, a man destined to take up Scotland’s crown. Their bond plays a pivotal role in both their lives and that of their fellow countrymen and women.
I loved Angus’ relationship his wife Áine O’Cahan. Their mutual love and devotion is a constant in the novel and contrasts with the ever present danger and intrigue which is afoot as the English and their compatriots vie for control of the Scottish crown. I enjoyed how Áine supports and inspires not only Angus, but others, including Robert Bruce himself.
Regan Walker succeeds in bringing the history of Scotland, its land and people vividly to life. The sense of time and place conveyed to the reader throughout the novel indicates that she has carried out a significant amount of detailed research prior to putting pen to page. I found it to be an engrossing read on many levels; from its intimate and touching moments, its descriptions of everyday life and local customs, to the fateful events of the time, not least the bloody sacrifices made by some.
Recommended to lovers of historical fiction who enjoy a well researched, intriguing and character-driven read.
Please note, a copy of the book was given to me by the author and I am leaving a fair and honest review.