633AD. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, powerful, action-packed historical thriller about vengeance and coming of age. The Bernicia Chronicles are perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.
Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to embark on a quest for revenge in the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria. The land is rife with danger, as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. In the battles for control of the region, new oaths are made and broken, and loyalties are tested to the limits. With no patronage and no experience, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight with sword and shield.
Relentless in 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 and the bodies pile up, can Beobrand mete out the vengeance he craves without sacrificing his honour...or even his soul?
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Bloody, Emotional, Gritty
The main scene for me is when Beo learns the men he is travelling with aren't nice men at. Emotional charged and something not easy to forget once you've read it.
Grittiness, his voice suits the tone of the story perfectly
No, I guess you could but I prefer to split the tale in the chunks so I can reflect before moving on
Gripping, Battles, Emotion
Beobrand ofcourse, the main protagonist who defeats his enemies with the power of youth and determination after the loss of his loved ones. A great character to follow.
First performance I have heard from Barnaby Edwards but his performance is fantastic.
I listened to it over 3 days at work! =)
This is Matthew Harffy's first novel, though you'd never guess that from the writing quality; it's as well-written as anything that more veteran authors of the genre like Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow have produced. The story is gripping and engaging from start to finish, and the narration by Barnaby Edwards is near-perfect. I say near-perfect because just occasionally it feels as though Edwards is reading the words as a recitation rather than acting them. The best audiobooks are those in which the narrator acts, rather than simply reads. But as I say, this is only occasional, and should be no barrier to enjoying the book. Definitely a worthwhile purchase for fans of historical fiction.
Taking up this book based on the comment about it being a good one for Bernard Cornwell fans, of which I am a huge fan, it started a bit slow. But I stayed with it and was rewarded by a gripping tale every bit as worthy of the genre. The tale covers a wide array of emotional tides other than revenge and grief. Mr. Harfly weaves this tale well and makes it a hard book had to put down. I look forward to the next two books to see what happens to the boy who became a warrior, Beobrand.
I've never listened to any of Mr. Edwards' narrations but I am now a fan. It is difficult to remember that all of those voices are being said by one narrator and not an entire company of actors.
"PRE SERIES TO BERNARD CORNWELL'S SAXON TALES"
DIDN'T READ BOOK.
MAIN CHARACTER BEOBRAND. LIKE THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT OF WHAT MAKES A MAN A WARRIOR.
OF COURSE THE FINAL SCENE OF MEETING HIS BROTHER'S KILLER.
THIS BOOK FEELS LIKE IT IS WRITTEN BY BERNARD CORNWELL. GREAT BOOK AND READY FOR HIS NEXT ADVENTURE.
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