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Warrior of Woden (The Bernicia Chronicles) MP3 CD – Unabridged, October 16, 2018
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AD 642. Anglo-Saxon Britain.
A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the fifth instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.
Oswald has reigned over Northumbria for eight years, and Beobrand has led the king to ever greater victories. Rewarded for his fealty and prowess in battle, Beobrand is now a wealthy warlord, with a sizable warband. Tales of Beobrand's fearsome black-shielded warriors and the great treasure he has amassed are told throughout the halls of the land. Many are the kings who bow to Oswald. And yet there are those who look upon his realm with a covetous eye. And there is one ruler who will never kneel before him.
When Penda of Mercia, the great killer of kings, invades Northumbria, Beobrand is once more called upon to stand in an epic battle where the blood of many will be shed in defence of the kingdom. But in this climactic clash between the pagan Penda and the Christian Oswald, there is much more at stake than sovereignty. This is a battle for the very souls of the people of Albion.
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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.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1721340602
- ISBN-13 : 978-1721340606
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,598,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let me preface this by saying I couldn’t write a book in ten years. Twenty years. But I just wish they came out more quickly because I find I don’t remember what happened in previous books. Took me half this book to recall who Cynan was. I have an idea that in the next book Beibrand has a certain king he will want to have a long talk with, and I’m looking forward to that encounter, but fear by next summer I will hardly recall it.
He agrees to give his word to a dead king, one that will make all other books drip with over emotional and overwrought, long periods of thinking that isn’t worth much of anything.
It’s almost as if the author can’t think of much to write and just does the wash-rinse-repeat style of writing…just filling up the book with words that mean nada.
Now comes the long wait until 2019 to see if Rheagen has pulled through, Octa has grown as a warrior, Stagga Hall is still home-just host of unfinished biz!!!!I
love love love these books!!!
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This series continues to go from strength to strength and it shows real skill by the author to keep the series going with such exciting plots.
So what is in store this time for Beo? Well war is fast approaching and Oswald must march to stop Penda’s advance.
Lets just say things don’t go the way Beo would like but he does get to show what he’s made of and he certainly makes sure the enemy remember his name.
What this tale really does well is show the growth of Beobrand. He’s older now.. his connection with men stronger but as the book goes on you can really see how events have taken a toll on Beo. He’s tired of this life but peace seems to be something he will never know.
I really enjoyed the addition was ÁstÍgend. I won’t spoil it for you but he stole the show for me, his character shining above others easily.
I also loved the development of Cynan the once thrall who really shows his worth to his lord and there’s a little side story with him that plays out that really give him some depth.
Ok so let’s get down to it..yeh this author holds no favourites and characters will die.. and you know it isn’t going to be pretty. It hit me hard this time..it was a death I didn’t see coming although I knew it could always happen to anyone. The great thing about Harffy is how he uses death to build on the emotional side of his characters which helps you form a connection with them.
Another cracking tale that really knocks you for six. Brutal has always been my word of choice for The Bernicia Chronicles and I stand by that.
This book is even stronger than the earlier ones, with the protagonist, Beobrand, showing more complexity and depth, although still a troubled, tortured man. The cast of characters widens still further and Harffy shows skill in handling such a large number of people who travel far and fast across England and take place in events both bloody and loving.
I particularly like the fact that women feature so strongly in this book. It gives an added layer to these ancient times.
Once again, character, landscape, battles and journeys are wonderfully described. You can almost feel the land and the people on your skin.
Martin Lake, author.
This book, is amongst a series set in the time of the early Saxons and fairly early in regard to Christianity in England.
Set very roughly to recorded historical events and real locations, I find it very interesting.
Following the advance of our central warrior character, who is now advanced to a lord and granted land, property and his own group of followers.
Superstition, battle, shield to shield it comes over as what must have been a truely hard and barbaric way of life
More books follow but as with other books in the series it very quickly gets repetitive in terms of speech pattern, travel and fighting scenes.
Overall though, an entertaining read and I am so far into them, I have to find out what happens next. I will not spoil it here
Before I come to my review as a whole I have to say that these books have a lot in comparison with the "Last Kingdom" (Uhtred) series, from the master of historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell, in so far what the set up of the books is concerned, f.e. Place Names, divided into various parts, and Historical Note, but also the storytelling from this author is absolutely of the same level or at times even better than that of the master himself.
All characters, whether they are great historical or wonderful fictional, come vividly to life in this superb historical tale, the atmosphere and surroundings of the Dark Ages in 7th Century Albion come splendidly off the pages.
Right inside the book you'll see a very well-drawn map of Albion in AD 642, with Northumbria, divided in Bernicia and Deira, and surrounded by very important and powerful neighbours, and a list with Place Names, while at the back of the book you'll notice a very informative Historical Note, where the historical details concerning this period of history are beautifully explained.
The book starts off with a short prologue, before being divided into four parts, and these parts are set in the year AD 642.
This astonishing story contains great battles, bloodletting, loyalty, treachery, friendship and animosity in all kind of actions and forms, as well as the brutal slaying of a great and just King.
What is to follow is a marvellous story where history and fiction are superbly entwined, where Beobrand's faith and oath to his King Oswald will be tested to the limit, also his undying friendship with Acennan and Eowa will receive a lethal blow by his enemies, not to forget Beobrand's battles against his foes from old, the Waelisc, Gwalchmei and the Mercian, Haldan, will end with death and gore, while the main interaction will be the war between the forces of the pagan, King Penda of Mercia and that of the Christ follower, King Oswald of Northumbria, and when that war is over what the consequences will be for Beobrand and his gesithas at home in Ubbanford and abroad in the rest of Albion.
Highly recommended, for this is another superb addition to this amazing series, which is in my view just as great as Bernard Cornwell's "The Last Kingdom" (Uhtred) series, and that's why I like to say that this episode is for me: "A Wonderful Woden Warrior"!