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The Cross and the Curse
01 Aug 2016 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781784978839

AD 634 Anglo-Saxon Britain. The second instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles, an action-packed historical thriller set in Anglo-Saxon Britain.

Fiction / FJH (Action & Adventure)
Extent: 415 pages
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The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset
The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset: I-VI
The Serpent Sword
Blood and Blade
Killer of Kings
Warrior of Woden
Storm of Steel
Fortress of Fury
For Lord and Land
Forest of Foes
Also in The Bernicia Chronicles series
The Cross and the CurseThe Bernicia Chronicles, 2by Matthew Harffy

AD 634.

Confusion and conflict continue as warlords battle across Britain to become the first King of the English.

After a stunning victory against the native Waelisc, Beobrand returns to a hero's welcome. His valour is rewarded by wealth and land by Oswald, King of Northumbria.

Exhausted, he retires to his new estate with his bride only to find himself surrounded once again by enemies old and new. With treachery and death on all sides, Beobrand fears he will lose all he holds dear.

On a quest for revenge and redemption, he accepts the mantle of lord, leading his men into the darkest of nights and the bloodiest of battles.

The Cross and the Curse is the second gripping, action-packed instalment in The Bernicia Chronicles.

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

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, England, with his wife and their two daughters. Follow Matthew at @MatthewHarffy and

4.8* rating on

Author active on social media and within historical fiction community.

Previously self-published on Amazon.

'A tale that rings like sword song in the reader's mind. Harffy knows his genre inside out and The Cross and the Curse proves it' Giles Kristian

'Harffy has created a gritty, authentic world, home to a hero who shows us the complexity of what it means to be human – the darkness and the delight. The Cross and the Curse is historical fiction at its finest' Stephanie Churchill

'Harffy allows the reader to peel back the layers of Dark Age society beyond the implicit violence. His wordage is skilful and beautifully wrought, rather like a perfect damascened sword' Prue Batten

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