The Forest Laird

A Tale Of William Wallace

Publisher: Penguin Canada
In the pre-dawn hours of August 24, AD 1305, in London's Smithfield Prison, the outlaw William Wallace, who is to be executed at dawn, is visited by a Scottish priest who has come to hear his last confession. So begins The Forest Laird, the first book in Jack Whyte's masterful new trilogy, The Guardians.

Wallace's story leads us through his many lives—as an outlaw and a fugitive, a hero and a patriot, a rebel and a kingmaker. He is the first heroic figure from the Scottish Wars of Independence brought blazingly to life in Jack Whyte's new trilogy and will be followed by his two compatriots, Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, and Sir James Douglas, known as the Black Douglas. Their exploits and escapades, desperate struggles and medieval savagery, high ideals and fierce patriotism are the stuff of legends, and the soul and substance of these epic novels.


“With The Forest Laird, novelist Jack Whyte paints a far more complex portrait—one in which William Wallace shines forth not just as an Achilles of the late 1200s, but as a reluctant outlaw, a Latin-speaking kingmaker and a sword-wielding patriot…. Whyte opens the novel brilliantly … [and] succeeds in weaving history into the story as it crackles along.” - The Globe and Mail

“Whyte’s prose is punctuated with moments of tension that contrast perfectly with the book’s sombre tone.” - Winnipeg Free Press