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4.0 out of 5 starsGood read
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2018
I have really enjoyed this series of books (The Bernicia chronicles) by Matthew Harffy and I can't wait to read the next in the series. If you like historical fiction that is based on the ancient Anglo Saxon times and is full of brutal battles and bloody sword fights, but stays true to the historical aspect of the times, people, places, and the kings of those ancient times and the battles fought in there name, then you should give this series a try, especially if you are fans of Bernard Cornwells- Last kingdom series, or his books in general. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
I think Matthew did a great job again. Beobrand stays true to himself and his oaths. One oath made him appear a coward yet he fulfilled it. As mentioned in another comment he had to be reminded of what kind of man he was. Although every part of his being wanted to go the other way, in the end he stayed true.
Let me preface this by saying I couldn’t write a book in ten years. Twenty years. But I just wish they came out more quickly because I find I don’t remember what happened in previous books. Took me half this book to recall who Cynan was. I have an idea that in the next book Beibrand has a certain king he will want to have a long talk with, and I’m looking forward to that encounter, but fear by next summer I will hardly recall it.
5.0 out of 5 starsSo glad I found this wonderful writer!
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2019
I'm a relatively new reader of Matthew Harffy's books, but I am so glad I found his work. The Bernicia Chronicles feature historical accuracy, excellent depictions of day-to-day life as well as period fighting techniques, and wonderful characters (even if he did kill off one of my favorites). Highly recommended!
Well written with minor copy reader errors. If you enjoy learning about Anglo Saxon England, the author has done his homework --sometimes, but not too often, bringing in mythical and/or historical events to add to the story. I've enjoyed each of the books in this series. Just as good a read as Bernard Cornwell's
5.0 out of 5 starsLike All the Bernicia Chronicles, at some point we just Merge into the history that calls us home.
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2018
If this is your first book in the series, stop and get the first book. All great stories begin with the foundation of character and context - this series deserves to right to engage your heart before the battles begin. Give it that chance and you’ll never put any of the books down. Marvelous writer.
Matthew Harffy never ceases to please! Now comes the long wait until 2019 to see if Rheagen has pulled through, Octa has grown as a warrior, Stagga Hall is still home-just host of unfinished biz!!!!I love love love these books!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsWarrior of Woden (The Bernicia Vhronicles
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
All of this series has been exciting and illuminating. Although they are fiction, I feel that they reveal a great deal of truth and fact relevant to the time period. They are a great read and leave you wanting more from each new book. I look forward to the next release.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
As usual The Bernicia Chronicles deliver an exciting story with vivid battle scenes and well developed characters. A truly enjoyable read and a main character who is real and struggles with the weight of integrity, loyalty and love...
I’m going to be honest from the start..this book killed me..my heart feels as shattered as Beobrand's. So much happens in this book not only to excite you but also to crush you.
This series continues to go from strength to strength and it shows real skill by the author to keep the series going with such exciting plots.
So what is in store this time for Beo? Well war is fast approaching and Oswald must march to stop Penda’s advance.
Lets just say things don’t go the way Beo would like but he does get to show what he’s made of and he certainly makes sure the enemy remember his name.
What this tale really does well is show the growth of Beobrand. He’s older now.. his connection with men stronger but as the book goes on you can really see how events have taken a toll on Beo. He’s tired of this life but peace seems to be something he will never know.
I really enjoyed the addition was ÁstÍgend. I won’t spoil it for you but he stole the show for me, his character shining above others easily.
I also loved the development of Cynan the once thrall who really shows his worth to his lord and there’s a little side story with him that plays out that really give him some depth.
Ok so let’s get down to it..yeh this author holds no favourites and characters will die.. and you know it isn’t going to be pretty. It hit me hard this time..it was a death I didn’t see coming although I knew it could always happen to anyone. The great thing about Harffy is how he uses death to build on the emotional side of his characters which helps you form a connection with them.
Another cracking tale that really knocks you for six. Brutal has always been my word of choice for The Bernicia Chronicles and I stand by that.
5.0 out of 5 starsJust as good as the others in the series.......but different
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2018
I read all of the previous Bernicia series and then faced the unbearable thought of having to wait several months for Warrior of Woden to be published. I came to this author direct from Bernard Cornwell. I have seen a lot of reviews comparing Matthew Harffy to Cornwell but I think that’s a bit disengenuous. He is a decent author in his own right and I enjoy the difference. Without giving the game away it is hard to comment on the twists and turns in the book but be prepared for shocks and unexpected outcomes. I look forward to Storm of Steel but have to wait another year before I can read it so I have bought Kin if Cain for another fix before the long wait. Don’t read this book without reading the others, you need to develop an understanding of the character so have to start at book 1. It’s worth the journey.
Matthew Harffy is one of the most exciting writers around. Warrior of Woden is the latest novel in his Bernicia Chronicles and provides a gripping and thrilling insight into seventh century Britain.
This book is even stronger than the earlier ones, with the protagonist, Beobrand, showing more complexity and depth, although still a troubled, tortured man. The cast of characters widens still further and Harffy shows skill in handling such a large number of people who travel far and fast across England and take place in events both bloody and loving.
I particularly like the fact that women feature so strongly in this book. It gives an added layer to these ancient times.
Once again, character, landscape, battles and journeys are wonderfully described. You can almost feel the land and the people on your skin.
5.0 out of 5 starsVengance, battles and royal ambition prevent Beobrand seeking q peaceful life at his hall
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2020
Oath-sworn to his king, Behobrand has no choice but to set out south again to carry out King Oswald's wishes as he seeks to expand his Christian kingdom and become ruler of all Albion during the dark-ages of the seventh century, But the old gods have yet to relinquish their hold on Britain, and they delight in foiling the ambition of rulers. War bands ride; armies gather; war descends on the country; the destinies of people are determined by the merest happenstance in battles. If you like your historical fiction accurate, bloody, and well-written, then Matthew Harffy is your man. I can't wait to start the next in the series.