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#7 still fresh and vibrant
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020
AD 647. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the seventh instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles.
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?
When a series reaches this many volumes, and the main character is pretty well known to those who have read the whole series, the need to keep the tale fresh and vibrant is a daunting task. Fortunately for us, my fellow followers of Beobrand, the author has met that challenge. Layers of depth have been added to not only our hero, but also the supporting cast. This episode thrusts Beobrand into situations that are complicated, seemingly unsolvable, and numerous. It is a twisting path with the obstacles of love, loyalty, honor, and oaths given, that the Lord of Ubbanford must follow, and somehow survive. Page turner? Ahh, that would be a yes. Best part? Beobrand will be back. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐