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Beobrand is besieged in the action-packed instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles set in AD 647 Anglo-Saxon Britain.

War hangs heavy in the hot summer air as Penda of Mercia and his allies march into the north. Caught unawares, the Bernician forces are besieged within the great fortress of Bebbanburg. It falls to Beobrand to mount the defence of the stronghold, but even while the battle rages, old and powerful enemies have mobilised against him, seeking vengeance for past events. 

As the Mercian forces tighten their grip and unknown killers close in, Beobrand finds himself in a struggle with conflicting oaths and the dreadful pull of a forbidden love that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear. With the future of Northumbria in jeopardy, will Beobrand be able to withstand the powers that beset him and find a path to victory against all the odds? 

©2020 Matthew Harffy (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Matthew Harffy's tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb.... The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page." (Historical Novel Society)

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Not one of his best

I got this book because I’d read the others in the series and it wasn’t the best by any means. There was not much action and it was quite boring in places. It was mainly about Beobrand mulling over his queen and visa versa. Hopefully the next one is better.

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Not his best!

I started to listen to this latest from Harfly yesterday. I was wondering what was wrong with it, when it dawned on me that I could have been listening to a Mills & Boon potboiler! Where is the action? Instead of substance we get chapter after chapter with Beobrand mooning over the Queen, that is, when he is not yearning for his lost loves. Not only is Beobrand doing this unwanted piffle but, surprise, the Queen is mooning over Beobrand. Although, this doesn't stop her from being wrathfully jealous of her husband, the King's, lovers! Further, to this turgid prose, one of Beobrand's war band, not to be outdone, also yearns for a lost love. Then he wistfully yearns for what might have been with a young woman he bedded years before. Not to be outdone, Beobrand wonders if he didn't 'give enough of himself' to the women in his love-life. There is chapter after chapter of the three of them waffling on in the above vein. We are also told a few times how important it is to look after the horses they are now riding towards some distant chapter. Hopefully, this chapter will include some action. I am now up to chapter 17 and I am becoming slightly irked with all these 'filler' pages. Save your money and wait for the next book in the series. Hopefully, it will be better.

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  • Roderick
  • 22-08-2020

Matthew and Barnaby

Another great story and narrative. Cannot wait for the next journey. Story is top notch.

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  • Steve Litteral
  • 21-08-2020

Another Great Tale by Matthew Harffy!

I have been reading Mr. Harffy’s books since his first book, The Serpent Sword. I also like to get the audio versions to listen to while driving to work. This book is great in that it brings back a lot of characters from earlier books, but it also shows you what Beobrand’s life is like now that he is a little older. He is still a very flawed man, but he owns it. I won’t spoil anything with details, but I really enjoyed this tale. Barnaby Edwards has a great voice for narration and I really enjoyed his work. Thank you to Matthew Harffy for another wonder tale of 7th Century Britain!

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  • Simon
  • 27-08-2020

Much Ado About Quite a Lot!

This is one of the series that I really look forwards to! One where, in my view, the author should be chained to their word processors and never allowed out to see the light of day to make sure that the books come along faster! Harffy once again takes poor Beobrand and puts him through a mill and a half's worth of mayhem, intrigue betrayal and yes even some heartbreak. All in a day's work you might say for the mighty Lord of Uhbenford but our merciless author takes it to another level as Beobrand trails around lovelorn after an unattainable woman, is surrounded by enemies and would-be killers, trapped in a burning fortress tasked to defend the kingdom and in possibly the most powerful scenes in the book his much vaunted "word of iron" comes up against its most severe test yet. You really don't want to get on the wrong side of this Harffy dude if you are one of his characters that's for sure! Overseeing the telling of this bloodthirsty tale it's once again Master Barnaby Edwards, he helps to bring the whole thing to life with another very convincing performance. Clean and articulate in the narrative and yet brutish and gruff when he has to be the mighty warriors that populate Beobrand's world, a great choice and long may he continue. The short version of this review of course would be that if you have enjoyed the series up until now you're going to love this one too. It's one of the best of them. If you haven't travelled with Beobrand before then please do head over to Book 1, The Serpent Sword. In truth you could still enjoy this one as a stand alone I am sure but like most good series this one is worth going the extra mile and taking it as it was intended. It's a superb historical adventure!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-2020

Gets better and better!

What can I say. Another masterpiece of historical fiction and superbly narrated by Barnaby Edwards. I can’t wait for the next instalment. I highly recommend this series of books to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

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  • S Barratt
  • 10-09-2020

brilliant as always

A great story and using historical events just seems to bring it all together to make for a better narrative, the characters are true heroes... at who doesn't want heroes nowadays. my only gripe would be the audio is a little on the quiet side when listening on a phone speaker but this is a minor issue.

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  • Wil
  • 18-09-2020

This series is not what it was

I've lost interest in this series now. The narration is poor, lacking any depth of character and the storyline is not great. This will be the last one of these I buy.

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