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This book has been staring at me in the face for a long while and I finally made the effort to tackle it, and I'm glad I have done so.
Tranter, I no none to much about bar that he is a fellow Glaswegian and that he was a Scottish Historian with a love for its castles and fortresses.
This first novel in the Bruce Trilogy sets up the turmoil that Scotland faced under the tyranny of Edward Longshanks, English King and hammer of the Scots.
It deals with the end of the King John Balliol reign and the struggle for power in Scotland whilst continually warring with the English and some internecine fighting to boot. The treachery of the Nobility and the death of Wallace is played out but Tranter deals in more detail with Wallace elsewhere so his death is all but reported and lamented.
Bruce's steps to the Throne as the title suggests encompass the plot, though the outcome is hardly a secret the tale is a gripping one and I found myself having to slow my reading for want of excitement.
The style of Tranter, I found strange at first, comparing him to past Masters: contrast the abundance of two or three word sentences with that of the author of Waverley or St Ives! But I came to accept this style quite quickly and enjoyed the book nonetheless.
Looking forward to the second instalment.
I hope not to speak too soon, having not yet opened the third of the trilogy, but I see myself becoming a bit of a Tranter fan if this is anything to go by.