Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has worked as a festival organizer, a music promoter, an investment advisor and as a teacher of creative writing. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives in Brighton.
Debut novelist Young climbs aboard the Templar bandwagon, but sets the bar high in this initial installment of a trilogy on the Knights and the last crusade. Christendom's desperate attempts to maintain a foothold in the Holy Land against a furious Muslim jihad is embodied by Sir William Campbell, a young, idealistic Knight Templar, and the devout Baybars Bundukdari, the sultan of Egypt, determined to rid the region of Western influence. Young shifts between the rival camps; there is plenty of battlefield action, and a romantic interest for William in Elwen, the beautiful young niece of his fallen mentor. There's also a mystery for William to solve: the disappearance of the Book of the Grail, which contains the explosive (and heretical) agenda of a secret group of Brethren within the Knights Templar. Combining rich historical detail, clever plotting and engaging characters, Young has crafted a historical thriller that will have readers turning pages and envisioning the sequel. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'Wonderful... loaded with atmosphere, action, and intrigue. The Crusades come alive' -- Steve Berry, author of THE TEMPLAR LEGACY 'BRETHREN is one of the best historical debuts in recent memory. Exciting and enthralling, it gripped me from the first page and left me waiting anxiously for the next instalment' -- John Connolly, author of THE BLACK ANGEL and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS 'Rich historical detail, clever plotting and engaging characters ... a historical thriller that will have readers turning pages and envisioning the sequel' -- Publishers Weekly 20060424 'Pacy and well-written, with vivid, convincing characters, Brethren captures your interest until the last page. I eagerly anticipate the sequel, knowing I will not be disappointed' -- Alison Weir 20060424 'Intricate, compelling, captivating and, above all, believable ... a brilliant piece of sustained imagination' -- David Boyle, author of BLONDEL'S SONG 20060424 'Robyn Young's BRETHREN is a truly excellent novel. The thirteenth century is vividly and excitingly evoked ... I can't wait for the sequel!' -- Mark Philpott, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford 20060424 'Stirring...carefully researched' -- Publishing News 20060505 'A sweeping historical adventure with strong characters and serious verve...hits all the big emotional points...Can't wait for the next two volumes!' -- Sarah Weinman (Baltimore Sun, Shots Magazine, Galleycat blog) 20060505 'If you love the Templars, the Crusades, and the Middle Ages, this is the book for you. Robyn Young is an exciting new voice that speaks loudly' -- Sharon Penman, author 20060627 'Engaging and enjoyable - Robyn Young brings the tumultuous medieval world to life with pace and flair' -- Tom Harper, author, Knights Of The Cross 20060627 'Richly worked and captivating...an epic story of war, intrigue and heroism' -- Good Book Guide 20060627 'Tipped to be the next Da Vinci Code' -- Elle 20060627 'El Cid meets The Da Vinci Code! Exciting, page-turning fiction' -- Simon Mayo's Book Panel, BBC Radio Five Live 20060627
Set in London and Paris and the Western and Arabic kingdoms of the Holy Land in the period between 1260 and 1272, this first novel by Young tells the stories of two very different men. Baybars Bundukdari is a Mameluk general who becomes sultan of Egypt and the scourge of the Christians; Will Campbell is a young Scot in training to become a Knight Templar. Will is pressed into service for the Anima Templi, a secret society within the Templars that works for its own hidden ends. The theft of a book detailing the Anima's rites sparks a desperate search to recover it before enemies can use it against them. Much of this novel is historically accurate and at least the first two-thirds keeps the reader's attention. Unfortunately, the subplot about the Anima is silly-even anachronistic-and the ending is unconvincing and flat. Like The Da Vinci Code, this book is about a lost secret, though not a very interesting one. Not recommended.-David Keymer, Modesto, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.