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The Serpent Sword
01 Jun 2016 * EBOOK * £1.99 * 9781784978822

An action-packed historical thriller set in Anglo-Saxon Britain in AD 633. The first book in The Bernicia Chronicles.

Fiction / FJH (Action & Adventure)
Extent: 400 pages
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The Serpent SwordThe Bernicia Chronicles, 1Matthew Harffy

AD 633.

Beobrand is a young man with a shadowy past. As an outsider in the kingdom of Bernicia, he is compelled to join his brother, Octa, as a warrior in the household of King Edwin. He must learn to fight with sword and shield to defend the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria.

In a period of great upheaval for Dark Age Britain, all he finds is death and war. Men and women strive to seize control of their destinies in a time of despair, and the land is rife with danger as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. Amongst the blood and the betrayals, Beobrand learns of his brother's near-certain murder. Inexperienced but ruthless, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight as a warrior with sword and shield.

Driven by a desire for vengeance and a relentless pursuit of his enemies, he faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man who stands strong in the clamour and gore of the shieldwall. As he closes in on his kin's slayer, can Beobrand mete out the retribution he craves without sacrificing his honour... or even his soul?

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

162 5* reviews on Amazon.co.uk.

Author active within historical fiction community.

Previously self-published on Amazon.


'Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this', Angus Donald, author of The Outlaw Chronicles

'Matthew Harffy's tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb ... The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page ... I look forward to its sequels', Historical Novel Society

'Murder, betrayal and vengeance fuel tribal warfare and personal combat. Beobrand is the warrior to follow', David Gilman

'A well written book in a believable setting and is a good example of this genre', 4/5, Rosie Amber

'What a thrilling read – if you like violence and gore you will definitely enjoy this book', Jackie Southward, NetGalley

'I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who likes historical fiction, or military fiction, or even just a good old-fashioned rousing novel', Barbara Bernstein, NetGalley

'The new hardback is so gloriously beautiful I just had to own it', David's Book Blurg

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