Mad King Robin

Mad King Robin

A historical thriller, a gripping tale that you will not put aside until it is finished.

Scotland, 1306 – after slaying his lifelong rival to the throne in a chapel, Robert the Bruce is crowned king of Scotland at Scone. Yet even his own wife and countrymen laugh at his foolishness, calling him Mad King Robin. For the murder of the Bruce’s rival in a chapel has enraged the English king in London, who views himself as Scotland’s rightful ruler. An English army is sent north and through an act of deception, the Bruce’s forces are destroyed at Methven. After the Bruce’s narrow escape, his wife, daughter and sisters are captured by the English. The Bruce suddenly finds himself an excommunicated outlaw within his own realm, fleeing both his English and Scottish enemies with a mere handful of loyal men.

For eight years since Methven, the Bruce’s wife Elizabeth de Burgh, daughter of the most powerful man in Ireland, has hated every day of her captivity by the English. The walls of Rochester castle are a seemingly eternal prison, while rumour and gossip reaches her that the Bruce is out of hiding, and incredibly reclaiming castle after castle in Scotland. Yet word has also reached her that the English king is marching north, at the head of the largest English army ever assembled. All Elizabeth can do is cling to mad hopes of freedom, while her captors urge her to abandon her fealty to her husband.

Yet 1314 is indeed the year when the Bruce, long emerged from hiding, has crushed his enemies and taken every castle in Scotland except Stirling. His rise, inspired by a mere spider, is scarcely believable. But even the Bruce privately fears the incredibly large English force marching north to crush him, which is more than twice the size of his own army. It will take all of the Bruce’s ingenuity and insane bravery to attempt to end the English hold on Scotland once and for all. The last fight for his people’s future beckons along the Bannockburn, but can the Bruce’s army overcome impossible odds to win freedom?

Mad King Robin is a wonderful, riveting page turner, which tells the stirring tale of a nation’s desperate struggle against a much larger, brutal oppressor.

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Sheriff's Catch

The Sheriff’s Catch, Part 1 of the Sassana Stone Pentalogy

Winner of the ‘best novel’ and ‘best historical fiction’ categories at the international Royal Dragonfly Book Awards 2019.

Abel de Santiago is a man on the run. Once a famous sniper, Abel finds himself a survivor of the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in 16th C Ireland. Following his capture by a brutal sheriff, Abel flees torture and death with a priceless emerald ring. Dozens of English troopers hunt the Spaniard across the Irish wilds, beating every last bush in a desperate attempt to find him.

Muireann is a revered Irish poetess enjoying the hospitality of a neighbouring tribe. Tragedy strikes when the sheriff’s men kill her husband during a violent night raid, with her life barely saved by the fugitive Abel. Newly widowed and shocked by her loss, Muireann must somehow reach the distant lands of her tribe, where she can be reunited with her only son.

Both runaways form an unlikely bond as they flee across a strange and stunning land, pushed to the edge of their wits and endurance. Yet unknown to Muireann, the ring Abel carries bears far-reaching consequences beyond Irish shores. Can the unlikely, desperate pair escape a ruthless sheriff who will never give up the chase?

“A feverishly-paced historical adventure populated with memorable characters. A finalist and highly recommended.”

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Other Upcoming Titles In The Sassana Stone Pentalogy

A REBEL NORTH

Santiago finds himself taken in by the rebel MacGlannagh tribe who inhabit the rugged kingdom of Dartry. Along with the Irish poetess Muireann, Santi seeks a shipwrecked Spanish captain who could broker a powerful alliance between the Irish rebels and Spanish castaways…

HERO OF ROSCLOGHER

During a winter that is harsh beyond memory, Santiago and his eight fellow Spaniards must defend the tower house of their rebel Irish host against the English Viceroy and his army of two thousand men. Vile betrayal worsens the insane odds faced by the Spaniards, who are bound by their oath to fight to the death…

TRIALS IN TUMULT

The whole of Connacht is about to burst into flames, as the MacGlannaghs are urged by their overlord the O’Rourke to take up arms against their oppressors. Meanwhile Santiago risks losing the affection of his Irish hosts, through his forbidden pursuit of the widowed Muireann…

RING OF RUSE

A new order is descending upon the northern rebels, who prepare for a last battle against the sheriff of Sligo. Amidst the bloody fallout, Santiago and Muireann find themselves back where they started, as they try to elude a sinister power which extends from far beyond Dublin and all the way from London…

Accolades for ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’