Top positive review
What a ride.
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
Anyone who overlooked this wonderful series is missing a treat. If you like historical fiction, particularly that set in Early Medieval Britain, you need to read this series. In this volume, Beobrand faces enormous challenges and heartbreaking betrayal. War is raging in Northumbria and pits family members against each other and friends facing other friends across shield walls. Lots of blood is shed.
Some readers have lamented that books in this genre are too violent and too graphic regarding battle scenes. They are that, but the times in which these books are set were violent times. War is never pretty and wars in medieval times were bloodier than most. Yet there is still honor and heroism aplenty here. The characters, Beobrand, Cynan and others, are well developed and likeable in spite of their human weaknesses.
I loved this book and this series. The author hints at more books to come and I can't wait.