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Summary

When the Vikings attack, a novice monk's life is changed forever in Matthew Harffy's new historical adventure.

Lindisfarne, AD 793. There had been portents - famine, whirlwinds, lightning from clear skies, serpents seen flying through the air. But when the raiders came, no one was prepared. They came from the North, their dragon-prowed longships gliding out of the dawn mist as they descended on the kingdom's most sacred site. It is 8th June AD 793, and with the pillage of the monastery on Lindisfarne, the Viking Age has begun. While his fellow monks flee before the Norse onslaught, one young novice stands his ground. He has been taught to turn the other cheek, but faced with the slaughter of his brothers and the pagan desecration of his church, forgiveness is impossible.

©2020 Matthew Harffy (P)2021 W F Howes

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"Harffy's writing just gets better and better.... He is really proving himself the rightful heir to Gemmell's crown." (Jemahl Evans)

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Fantastic story and storytelling

Narrator just gets better and better with each book. This is a story well deserved of the top notch Barnaby Edwards. Highly recommended this evenly paced listen.

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Another quality story

I first read the 'wolf of wessex' by Matthew Harffy and every title I've listened to or read since hasn't disappointed. This is a captivating story that takes you back in time and brings the characters to life .

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Bizarre Narration.

I returned this after a couple of hours, due to the excruciating narration style. I've never heard anything so hammy, am dram and self indulgent in my life.

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Brilliant

Brilliant book fantastic story from start to finish, the narrator is absolutely awesome, one of Matthews best

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Fantastic new series

Have read and enjoyed ‘Benicia Series’ but not sure we’re it has left to go. Then started this new series by Mathew Harffy and just excellent! Loved the fact that you weren’t sure where it was going next and the tip of the hat to magnificent 7 and Seven samurai just brought the whole thing together. Cant wait!!
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Is immersive after a very shaky start

I have listened to the series of books that are linked to this, avidly. I was expecting the same ‘jump in and go’ from this book. Not so, for me. This was due to the narration. I found the voice over acted and annoying to the point that I wanted to return the book. I couldn’t, do I thought I may as well carry on. At some point, the narration and story clicked and it was super. I’m searching now for more in this series!

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Another great Saga starting. Here

Loved it, great that it continues on from Beobrand and he is mentioned in this book.

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Overall a Good Story. I was SUPER IRRITATED as each person could

not absorb new information. I understand that they were young men with little experience in fighting. But OMG it drove me crazy that these discussions were still happening weeks after they began their training.
I hope if future novels follow out of this novel, the author will have corrected the amount of time spent arguing over ridiculous problems. I had to play the speed at 1.8 during certain frustrating sections. I enjoy this type of fiction so i give it a ‘good’ & and will try next novel if it appears.

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  • 27-07-21

Great Storytelling!

It started out slow but still managed to keep my interest I guess because of the solid writing thru out. Good character development and plot lines. Now I'm waiting for the next installment.