This summer, Robyn Young’s epic new series New World Rising launches with Sons of the Blood. Out in the UK on 28 July.
Bastard son, mercenary soldier, protector of the rightful king, seeker of a secret more treacherous than any in Christendom: Jack Wynter is destined to live in dangerous times.
In England, the Wars of the Roses ended a decade ago with the fall of the House of Lancaster and the victory of King Edward of York. But peace sleeps uneasy in this divided realm and when the king dies unexpectedly it isn’t long before old blood feuds and ambitions are awoken.
In the sun-baked city of Seville, unaware of the clouds of war rising over England, Jack Wynter is cursing his fortune. Sent here by his secretive father, king’s man, Sir Thomas Vaughan – with a locked chest he has been ordered to guard with his life – Jack wonders if this mission was simply a ruse to get an illegitimate, inconvenient son out of the country. But when a stranger arrives with news that his father has been arrested for treason, Jack finds himself thrust into the heart of a deadly conspiracy.
What is the secret Jack has been guarding? Is it the reason for his father’s fall? The only place he is going to find answers is back in England, where young Prince Edward is due to become king… unless his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, decides to make a move for the throne. It is also where Jack’s half-brother, Harry, broods bitterly over their father’s apparent preference for a bastard son.
Jack Wynter is coming home, to a realm of intrigue and corruption, mystery and war. Somehow, he is connected to a secret that can kill him – or make him. Its influence spans Europe and will draw him towards the very edge of the known world, and beyond, in Robyn Young’s dazzling new epic.
The old world is turning.
A new world is rising.
1286 AD. Scotland is in the grip of one of the worst winters in living memory. The king rides out from Edinburgh into the stormy dark. On the road he is murdered by his own squire, throwing the succession to the throne wide open. Civil war threatens as powerful Scottish families jostle for power, not knowing that Edward, King of England, has set his own plans in motion. Edward has a vision for his future kingdom – a vision sprung from the words of an ancient prophecy written in the time of King Arthur – that will change the face of Britain forever. But all is not destined to go Edward’s way. Through the ashes of war, through blood feuds and divided loyalties, a young man will rise to defy England’s greatest king. His name is Robert Bruce. And his story begins in INSURRECTION.
When young Will Campbell suffers personal tragedy at home in Scotland he is sent to London to join the powerful Order of the Knights Templar. Soon after his father leaves for the Holy Land Will is drawn into a world of intrigue and danger following the theft of a Grail Romance from the Temple’s vaults in Paris. Meanwhile, in the east, a new star is rising. Baybars, a commander in the Egyptian army and former slave, leads his forces to victory against the Mongols, clearing the way for a major offensive against the Christians in Palestine. Set during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, on the eve of the catastrophic last crusade, the BRETHREN TRILOGY is a story of war and politics, friendship and betrayal, honour and sacrifice, set against the majesty and drama of the age of chivalry.