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The Serpent Sword (Bernicia Chronicles 1) - Matthew Harffy

The Serpent Sword (Bernicia Chronicles 1) - Matthew Harffy

Title: The Serpent Sword

Author:  Matthew Harffy

ISBN:  9781786692405

Weight:  843 g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy

AD 633.  Anglo-Saxon Britain.  A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the first instalment of the Bernicia Chronicles.

Beobrand is a young man with a shadowy past.  As an outsider in the kingdom of Bernicia, he is compelled to join his brother, Octa, as a warrior in the household of King Edwin.  He must learn to fight with sword and shield to defend the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria.

In a period of great upheaval for Dark Age Britain, all he finds is death and war.  Men and women strive to seize control of their destinies in a time of despair, and the land is rife with danger as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion.  Amongst the blood and the betrayals, Beobrand learns of his brother’s near-certain murder.  Inexperienced but ruthless, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight as a warrior with sword and shield.

Driven by a desire for vengeance and a relentless 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, can Beobrand mete out the retribution he craves without sacrificing his honour… or even his soul?

Peer & Press Reviews

Matthew Harffy’s tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb.

Historical Novel Society

Murder, betrayal and vengeance fuel tribal warfare and personal combat.  Beobrand is the warrior to follow.

David Gilman

Historical fiction doesn’t get much better than this.

Angus Donald, author of The Outlaw Chronicles

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Serpent Sword
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: The Bernicia Chronicles – book 1
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Imprint: Aria
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781786692405
ISBN 10: 1786692406
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 367
Size (h x w x d): 235 x 154 x 35mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Stephen Weatherly
Jacket design: Head Design
Jacket photograph: Matthew Bunker

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