Robyn Young was born in Oxford in 1975, the only child of a civil engineer father and an artist and folk singer mother. She grew up in the Midlands and Devon, and worked as a festival organizer, a music promoter, an investment advisor and a teacher of creative writing before tackling her first novel, Brethren, book one of a trilogy, set on the eve of the last crusade following the story of a Knight Templar. Published in 2006, Brethren went on to become the bestselling hardcover debut in the UK that year and the trilogy has since been translated into twenty languages. In 2007 Robyn was named as one of Waterstone's "25 authors of the future" and is now working on the Insurrection Trilogy, based on the incredible life of Robert the Bruce during the Scottish Wars of Independence, the first book of which was published in 2010. She lives and writes in Brighton.