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A.D. 1305, an hour before dawn, London's Smithfield prison: In a dank cell, the outlaw William Wallace waits to be executed at first light. He is visited by a Scottish priest who has come to hear his last confession - the confession of a life even more exciting, violent and astonishing than the legend that survived. From internationally best-selling author Jack Whyte comes a story of brutal battles and high adventure, of heroism and redemption - the story of William Wallace as the world has never heard it before.
©2010 Jack Whyte (P)2012 Hachette Digital
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt Ashmall on 06-07-12

A surprising jewel in the crown

I wasn't sure why this title caught my attention but I always enjoy historical titles. The book tells the story of William Wallace's life , from his childhood, to his inevitable entry into the war with the English Monarchy and throws a different light onto many facets of the story we all think we know.

Whilst the content of the book is excellent it can sometimes get a bit difficult to remember the names of all of the scottish lords that are referred to. That said, it is still easy to follow the plot and the main characters surrounding Wallace are vivid, facinating and believable.

For me though, the highlight of the book was the narrator. After after a vey short space of time you knew who was talking to whom simply by recognising the voices of the individual charachters. I was amazed at the array of accents used in the book which undoubtedly brought it to life.

The story line may not jump out at you from the cover but anyone with the slightest lean towards historical fiction will, I think, enjoy this title. Go on, give it a try, you may learn something. I know I did.

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3 out of 5 stars
By V.T.DAVIES on 11-01-12

Slow going

Was expecting something along the lines of Bravehart but found it to be nothing like it whatsoever. I found the story to have to much politics and could do with more pace. Will I read the next instalment? not sure. Maybe.

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