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Head of Zeus
Oath Bound
Extent: 416 pages  Illus: 1 map
Shield Breaker
Also in The Wolf of Kings series
The Wolf of Kings, 1
Richard Cullen originally hails from Leeds in the heartland of Yorkshire. Oath Bound, his debut historical adventure novel, was longlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2022. As well as being a writer of historical adventure, he has also written a number of epic fantasy series as R.S. Ford. If you'd like to learn more about Richard's books, and read free exclusive content, you can visit his website at, follow him on Twitter at @rich4ord, or join him on Instagram @thewordhog.

Longlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2022.

First instalment in a gripping new historical trilogy set during the Battle of Hastings.

Unique new series hero: 11th-century Danish slave turned warrior, Styrkar.

MARKET: Bernard Cornwell; Angus Donald; Giles Kristian; Christian Cameron; Ben Kane; Simon Scarrow; Conn Iggulden.

'Richard Cullen's writing is as sharp as the blade wielded by Styrkar, the series' protagonist, who cuts a bloody swathe through his Norman enemies on his quest for vengeance. The books are fast-paced and packed with breathless action. Styrkar is a great heroic creation, and the Wolf of Kings series places Cullen in the top tier of historical action and adventure authors' Matthew Harffy

'Oath Bound is a terrific novel. Fast-paced and enthralling, the tale of Styrkar the Dane, the Red Wolf, charges along like a Frankish knight bearing down on a defenceless enemy. It's a brutal yet compelling tale, and one that gripped me from the first page to the last. The ending came far too quickly and I am looking forward to seeing what fate has in store for Styrkar as he heads towards an uncertain and dangerous future in the next book' Paul Fraser Collard, author of Fugitive

'A perfect example of tight, gritty, character-driven storytelling' Luke Scull, on Herald of the Storm