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Beobrand has land, men and riches. He should be content. And yet he cannot find peace until his enemies are food for the ravens. But before Beobrand can embark on his bloodfeud, King Oswald orders him southward, to escort holy men bearing sacred relics. 

When Penda of Mercia marches a warhost into the southern kingdoms, Beobrand and his men are thrown into the midst of the conflict. Beobrand soon finds himself fighting for his life and his honour. 

In the chaos that grips the south, dark secrets are exposed, bringing into question much that Beobrand had believed true. Can he unearth the answers and exact the vengeance he craves? Or will the blood-price prove too high, even for a warrior of his battle-fame and skill?

©2017 Matthew Harffy (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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This series keeps getting better! Every time I think I know where the story is going or I begin to feel the sense of predictability the author keeps me guessing. Matthew Harffy has become one of my favorites!

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  • 07-07-18

Death and Vengeance, his faithful hounds!

Just put Matthew Harffy’s latest bone-splitter of a book between your ears, sit back and be prepared to feel the need to wipe the blood sweat from your shoulders afterwards. These continuing tales of his hero Beobrand are just thundering good yarns. Blood and vengeance follow this Thane of Mercia about like faithful hounds with enormous fangs ready to sink into your ears at a moment’s notice.

This one does develop into a slightly darker, more troubled Beobrand, he is like a hot cauldron of anger constantly threatening to boil over. The only death his loyal followers can be assured of avoiding is boredom. He just never stops looking for trouble and trouble never stops looking for him.

As for the narration, for someone with such a posh name Barnaby Edwards might sound like a Paddington Bear wannabe but he gets down and dirty with these warriors and yet gives them and their kings genuine gravitas. It’s a fine performance.

Harffy's enthusiasm for the historical period and his characters shines through including the excellent ten minutes or so of historical notes at the end. Personally I really enjoy it when authors reveal a little of their research, thought process and how their stories match against what we know of these dark ages. His promise at the end of more tales to come is extremely welcome!

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