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Picasso stone helps you get up and get moving. If you perceive blocks, real or imagined, use Picasso stone as a tool for transforming your emotions and achieve life-enhancing self-transformation. When mental confusion arises, contemplate the lines mapped within this stone. Use it as a tool for focus. Just as Spider must build and rebuild her web, you, too, must hold a clear vision of what you want in your web and what you want it to look like.
We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. I suppose that you have to keep in mind that this is fiction, so the author has the freedom to modify to his liking, however, there were some things which just threw me off. For example, there are practically no dates given and the story sometimes felt too much, as if everything of this part of Scottish history had to fit in.
I also would have hoped to the book having more romance and mysticism, but other than that I completely love that book. The writing is very detailed, and compelling, and paired with brutal battles. The story of Douglas, Bruce, and Scotland's independence is a long one but here, it is filled with adventure and friendship and is just a delight for a historical fiction lover.
The awards, the author received for this book, are well-deserved and I can recommend this book to everyone who loves to indulge in good historical fiction. Sep 26, Diane rated it it was amazing. This is one of the best historical fiction novels I have read in a long time. The characters are so real that I found myself getting angry with them, crying with them and loving or disliking them. At first I was worried when I saw the long list of characters at the beginning - a little daunting BUT Glen Craney did a remarkable job of creating all the characters that I didn't get lost as to who was who.
We all have been there - when there are so many characters that we get lost. That is definitel This is one of the best historical fiction novels I have read in a long time. That is definitely not the case here. The story takes place in the 14th century. Scotland is in turmoil within itself and England is invading. A young boy who is puny and mocked by his piers wins a race and falls in love all in a day. James Douglas grows to be a very important part of Scotland's history. Black Douglas as he is eventually called is responsible for much of Scotland's successes during this period of time.
I won't go into more because that would be revealing spoilers. The Spider and the Stone is a wonderful weaving of history, adventure, love, conflict and more. I highly recommend it to all readers even if historical fiction is not one of the genre's you read often. This book just might change your mind. I received this book from the author for review purposes. Apr 14, Jeffrey Rasley rated it it was amazing. I've been a fan of Craney's since reading the first edition of The Firer and the Light about ten years ago, and I've looked forward to each of his books since then.
Craney sets the book in one of the most interesting periods of English - Scottish conflict, the end of the Fourteenth Ccentury. Edward Longshanks of England who has become one of historical fiction's favo I've been a fan of Craney's since reading the first edition of The Firer and the Light about ten years ago, and I've looked forward to each of his books since then. Edward Longshanks of England who has become one of historical fiction's favorite villains since Mel Gibson's Braveheart is determined to wrest control of the North from Robert the Bruce.
James Douglas will not have it. Our Scottish hero does resemble Mel Gibson's inaccurate portrayal of William Wallace -- in the best sense; he's brave and noble and committed to defeat the the Plantagenet kings by any means necessary. Of course the tale reaches a bloody denouement on the field of Bannockburn. The hearts of Scots and lovers of sweeping historicals will thrill to this epic of the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Sep 20, Sara rated it it was amazing. One of the issues I usually have with historical fiction is that often the scenarios and backdrops described in a story don't quite have the historical accuracy and detail that they really need in order to effectively blend in the fictional aspect. This book does not have this problem in any way.
Craney's extensive research and attention to detail comes through during the entire book. His vivid descriptions of the passion of the Scottish people were emotional and powerful. The battle scenes are One of the issues I usually have with historical fiction is that often the scenarios and backdrops described in a story don't quite have the historical accuracy and detail that they really need in order to effectively blend in the fictional aspect. The battle scenes are exciting and well written. As this was my first time visiting this specific period of history, I found that I had very little trouble following the events described, and was completely wrapped up in this book as it drew me in.
I had actually set aside some time from my schedule in order to be able to read through this in one sitting and I am so glad I did.
Other Editions 3. An entertaining book to be sure; one that demands your attention to the detriment of sleep or other obligations. But most people won't know the history in anything like enough detail to undermine the suspense that at times accompanies the narrative. The star-crossed lovers are driven apart by circumstances beyond their control, with James travelling to France and Belle being trapped in a loveless marriage. Rock Shoulder Pad x3. It is the time before Myth Drannor, when the Heartlands are home to barbarians, and wicked dragons rule the skies. Braveheart is actually one of my favorite movies so when I read the summary, a few names struck a cord with me so I jumped at the chance to read this book.
It is a perfect blend of history, adventure, love, and faith. I look forward to reading more of Mr.
Craney's books in the future! Look, I'm just going to have to give up on this book for now. While I'm not not enjoying this - the book is over 1, pages on my e-reader and I'm finding it too hard to keep track of. I've been uninspired to pick it up for over a year so I'm calling it quits.
Maybe I'll give it a go in the future again, but for now, I'm admitting defeat and putting this aside. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money! Aug 23, Elizabeth Lloyd rated it really liked it. I have always been intrigued by the story of Robert the Bruce and yet he seemed a shadowy figure, but the Black Douglas, or James Douglas the Good, as the Scots called him, is an even more mysterious character.
In this saga, Glen Craney interweaves, known facts with imagination and mysticism to play out the tortuous life of love and devotion of James Douglas.
Ever loyal to his friend and later King, Robert, he suspends his own happiness for the sake of Scotland. In Isabelle Macduff he has found I have always been intrigued by the story of Robert the Bruce and yet he seemed a shadowy figure, but the Black Douglas, or James Douglas the Good, as the Scots called him, is an even more mysterious character. In Isabelle Macduff he has found his one true love, but she also puts her country before her own desires. This is a story of guerrilla warfare, skirmishes and bloody battle.
The cruelty of the English Kings and disloyal Scots is met by brotherhood, sacrifice and persistence. The intensity of the plot is lightened by fascinating historical figures such as the She-Wolf, Isabella of France, who married an unworthy English King, and humour is provided by Ned Sweeney, the lively and faithful monk.
The intense suffering of the women is matched by the heroism and violent death of so many of the soldiers. Every scene rings true as if you were there struggling through the mud or shivering in a castle too, and I wanted James and Belle to find a way to free Scotland and themselves. A recommended read for those who wish to know more about early Scottish history and the hand of fate.
An excellent book that fleshes out real history of the beginnings of the War of Roses and Scotland's emergence as a power in her own right. It is a very thorough "study" of this period from the standpoints of power in Scotland, England, France and the turbulence of the time.
This is a complex read, but so well written that you alternatively can't put it down and don't want it to end. It deals with the Lairds of the Scot clans and the internecine warring among them. The great English King Edward An excellent book that fleshes out real history of the beginnings of the War of Roses and Scotland's emergence as a power in her own right.
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You also find the duality of Christianity between the Roman and old Celtic Church and their desires for dominance. The book travels from the roots of the English Crown's fervent desire to control Scotland and the determination of her people not to be consumed by the Sassenachs. If this time in British history is of interest, I heartily recommend this book. First off I must say Robert Bruce has to be one of my favourite historical figures. This book focuses on James Douglas otherwise known as Black Douglas. I knew nothing of the man.
I really liked how Glen managed to bring everything to life.. It brought home that although some of this book maybe fiction that the overall subject of Scotland versus England actually happened and has sowed the seed in me to read more on the subject. Nov 27, Reader's Hollow rated it it was amazing. I don't think I've met a single person who hadn't seen the movie Braveheart. At the end of the film it mentions how Scotland came back and retook their land after Wallace's death.
Ever wondered how they did that? The main character of this historical tale is James Douglas, otherwise known as the Black Douglas. He has more than enough reasons to hate the English - or rather, King Edward Longshanks. I will note that this is not an academic historical and is written as fiction. Fiction with far les I don't think I've met a single person who hadn't seen the movie Braveheart.