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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
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About the Author
Matthew Harffy lived in Northumberland as a child and the area had a great impact on him. The rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline made it easy to imagine the past. Decades later, a documentary about Northumbria's Golden Age sowed the kernel of an idea for a series of historical fiction novels that became THE BERNICIA CHRONICLES.
Matthew has worked in the IT industry, where he spent all day writing and editing, just not the words that most interested him. Prior to that he worked in Spain as an English teacher and translator. He has co-authored seven published academic articles, ranging in topic from the ecological impact of mining to the construction of a marble pipe organ.
Matthew lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters.
Matthew was the singer in Rock Dog.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- 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: #78,835 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.
Having devoured the book in two nights I want more!
I would give the novel 5 stars, but there are just two things that irked me throughout the read. Firstly, as the cover art of the book, and the title to a lesser extent would indicate, a lot of this novel takes place on the sea. The sea itself is quite a two-dimensional 'villain' or 'obstacle', it's either going to be smooth sailing or a bad storm. I personally feel extended sea voyages get tedious quite quickly. Secondly, Beobrand is very angry in this novel! The majority of his characterisation is 'Beobrand shouted at so-and-so, then apologised'. He has certainly been through harrowing times, but it would be nice to hear him joke or smile occasionally!