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Storm of Steel: A gripping, action-packed historical thriller (The Bernicia Chronicles Book 6) Kindle Edition
AD 643. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the sixth instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles.
Heading south to lands he once considered his home, Beobrand is plunged into a dark world of piracy and slavery when an old friend enlists his help to recover a kidnapped girl.
Embarking onto the wind-tossed seas, Beobrand pursues his quarry with single-minded tenacity. But the Whale Road is never calm and his journey is beset with storms, betrayal and violence.
As the winds of his wyrd blow him ever further from what he knows, will Beobrand find victory on his quest or has his luck finally abandoned him?
Praise for Matthew Harffy:
'Nothing less than superb... The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page' Historical Novel Society
'Beobrand is the warrior to follow' David Gilman
'A tale that rings like sword song in the reader's mind' Giles Kristian
'Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this' Angus Donald
'A brilliant characterization of a difficult hero in a dangerous time. Excellent!' Christian Cameron
'A terrific novel. It illuminates the Dark Ages like a bolt of lightning' Toby Clements
'Battles, treachery, revenge and a healthy dose of Dark Age adventure' Simon Turney
'Matthew Harffy tells a great story' Joanna Hickson
'Harffy's writing just gets better and better... He is really proving himself the rightful heir to Gemmell's crown' Jemahl Evans
'Harffy has a real winner on his hands... A genuinely superb novel' Steven McKay
'A breathtaking novel that sweeps the reader into a dark and dangerous world' Paul Fraser Collard
"Murder, betrayal and vengeance fuel tribal warfare and personal combat. Beobrand is the warrior to follow." —David Gilman on The Cross and the Curse
"A tale that rings like sword song in the reader's mind. Harffy knows his genre inside out and The Cross and the Curse proves it." —Giles Kristian on The Cross and the Curse --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07B4GBN46
- Publisher : Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book (May 9, 2019)
- Publication date : May 9, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1575 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 612 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,308 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As with the earlier books in this series, this one is well researched and well written. It makes the reader feel as if he or she is actually in the "Dark Ages." There is plenty of violence and bloodletting and enough suspense to keep the reader turning pages.
While not exactly a cliffhanger, there is enough of a hint of future adventures at the end of the book to let the reader know there will be future books. For me, that is terrific news. Matthew Harffy is one of my favorite historical authors. His work rivals anything out there and I cannot wait for the next chapter of this awesome series.
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The wait is over..it’s time to join Beobrand on his latest adventure and this time not much of it will be spent on land as we take to the high seas in search of a missing girl.
While on a mission to bring the soon to be new Queen home Beobrand gets a blast from the past and is torn… he’s oath sworn to do as his King requests but that would mean leaving the girl to fate.
Luckily for Beo the decision is taken out of his hands, the new queen is known to Beo and after a night of feasting they have grown rather close..so much so she orders him to do whatever it takes to bring the little girl home.
Beobrand enlists the help if a group of sailors to aid him in his journey and very soon they are bound together in blood as they set sail on the trail of a group of pirates who have taken the girl hostage.
Twists and turns come aplenty and Beo’s life will never be the same.
The best addition to this story for me is young Brinin..he’s betrothed to Ardith, the girl who has been taken, and he joins Beobrand in the hunt. Brinin reminds me a lot of Beo, he’s young and headstrong and has a big part to play.
For me the plot was just amazing..dark and brutally gripping..the past haunts Beobrand and I really enjoyed it when the author gives you the chance to reflect on moments throughout the series that have impacted on the man Beo is today.
The last fight scene was pure wow factor.. brothers at arms..sacrifices are made that will shape the destiny of others.
This series goes from strength to strength and credit to the author that he manages to keep each story so fresh and entertaining.
Storytelling is once again of a top-notch quality, all characters, whether they are real historical or fantastic fictional, come vividly to life in this tale of Storm and Steel, and the atmosphere of the Dark Ages shines as ever wonderfully out of the pages.
Right inside the book you'll find a well-drawn map of Southern Albion and Northern Frankia in the year AD 643, with places that will play an important part in this great tale.
At the beginning of the book you'll see an informative list of Place Names, while at the back you'll notice a very well documented Historical Note, where the historical details are superbly explained.
The book is divided into five parts, with three bigger and two smaller ones, and the story itself is set during the years AD 643-644.
In this book we will follow Beobrand, his gesithas, and the crew from Hithe, with Ferenbald, son of Hrothgar, as their captain, riding the waves of the Whale Road, in search of a girl who goes by the name of, Ardith, who was taken by pirates with at their head the brothers, Grimr and Draca, and that girl seems to be originally the natural daughter of Beobrand and his youth love, Udela.
What is to follow is an amazing, fast-paced and action-packed tale that will take Beobrand and his gesithas to the lands of the Franks, and after leaving the Whale Road they will meet traitors at Mantican's Hall, and at the Palace of Vulmar at Rodomo (Rouen) they will be in the heat of the action, and in these environments Beobrand and his friends will meet betrayal, loyalty and various deadly clashes, all in an attempt to free Ardith from the clutches of Vulmar, Grimr and Draca, and after a close-run thing on the Whale Road, a final battle on a beach in Albion will decide who will be victorious, a battle where Beobrand will lose old and gain new friends, and after that battle a definite score will be settled with a certain individual.
Highly recommended, especially for fans of Bernard Cornwell's "The Last Kingdom" series, because this series has much in comparison in the way of its set up and accuracy, and storytelling wise it is with as much quality, or even better in my humble opinion, and to come back to this episode I like to call it: "Beobrand's Amazing Chilling Whale Road Encounters"!
Unfortunately, for the first time in this series, the 'f' word appeared, and was then repeated a couple of times as the book continued. I am no prude, and I recognise that this word emanated from the Anglo Saxon period, however, Matthews prose and detailed description (always imaginative and enjoyable) did not need this. He has been perfectly able to use more interesting terminology to describe this act throughout the series.
Also, despite the very descriptive tale of the kidnap and chase, the closing chapters seemed to be written by someone who had become bored at that stage. The rescue of his daughter, killing of Grimr, and the escape from Rodomo were short and abbreviated to the extent that another character had to recount the events. This is most unlike Matthews writing, and certainly was distracting.
Here's hoping for a better Book 7!