For Lord and Land by Matthew Harffy

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Head of Zeus

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Spellbinding Storytelling


AD 647. Anglo-Saxon Britain. Greed and ambition threaten to tear the north apart. The eighth installment in the Bernicia Chronicles.

Greed and ambition threaten to tear the north apart. War rages between the two kingdoms of Northumbria. Kin is pitted against kin and friend becomes foe as ambitious kings vie for supremacy. When Beobrand travels south into East Angeln to rescue a friend, he unwittingly tilts the balance of power in the north, setting in motion events that will lead to a climactic confrontation between Oswiu of Bernicia and Oswine of Deira. While the lord of Ubbanford is entangled in the clash of kings, his most trusted warrior, Cynan, finds himself on his own quest, called to the aid of someone he thought never to see again. Riding into the mountainous region of Rheged, Cynan faces implacable enemies who would do anything to further their own ends. Forced to confront their pasts, and with death and betrayal at every turn, both Beobrand and Cynan have their loyalties tested to breaking point. Who will survive the battle for a united Northumbria, and who will pay the ultimate price for lord and land?

My Thoughts:

Firstly many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be part for the blog tour.

The eighth in the Bernicia Chronicles. As Beobrand undertakes to saves his friend Coenred a Monk, a decision which will ultimately lead to a power struggle to take over the Northlands, we also have another story thread running through out involving Cynan, I don’t really want to advance on any plot lines as you need to read these for yourselves.

This is a book rich in character. Characters brought superbly to life on the page thanks to the authors writing, equally the landscape of the times rich in feeling. There are plenty of action scenes, blood and gore as the battles unfold, written in a way to make the reader feel as though they are there soaking in the atmosphere. Overall the author manages to paint a picture of the life and times of those battle for the control.

The author cleverly makes the reader invest in the characters not knowing who will live and who may meet their maker, stretching out the drama and heightening the tension as the pages unfold, action packed, the writing rich and evocative, you get a real feel for the period.

In someways this is in essence a story of greed and peoples desire to rule, a look at the political intrigue of the times

Matthew Harffy clearly knows his subject matter and the book has been well researched combining fact and fiction into one enthralling read.

Historical fictions lends itself to wonderful storytelling and this is up there with the best, will most defiantly appeal to any fan of Historical fiction or those who like a great story expertly told on the pages.


About the Author:

Matthew Harffy grew up in Northumberland where the rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him, He now lives in Wiltshire with his wife and their two daughters

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