The Forest Laird by Jack Whyte. US and UK release February 14, 2012. (previously released in Canada)
The Forest Laird is the first novel in Whytes trilogy, The Guardians, tales of the men who fought and died to help Scotland gain freedom
In the pre-dawn hours of August 24, 1305, in Londons Smithfield Prison, the outlaw William Wallacehero of all the Scots and deadly enemy of King Edward of Englandsits awaiting the dawn, when he is to be hanged and then drawn and quartered. This brutal sundering of his body is the revenge of the English. Wallace is visited by a Scottish priest who has come to hear his last confession, a priest who knows Wallace like a brother. Wallaces confessionthe tale that followsis all the more remarkable because it comes from real life.
We follow Wallace through his many livesas outlaw and fugitive, hero and patriot, rebel and kingmaker. His exploits and escapades, desperate struggles and victorious campaigns are all here, as are the high ideals and fierce patriotism that drove him to abandon the people he loved to save his country.
William Wallace is the first heroic figure of the Scottish Wars of Independence, a man whose fame reached far beyond his homeland. Wallace served as the subject for the Academy Awardwinning film Braveheart. In The Forest Laird, Jack Whytes masterful storytelling breathes life into Wallaces tale, giving readers an amazing character study of the man who helped shape Scotlands future.
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