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Blood and Blade
01 Dec 2016 * EBOOK * £3.99 * 9781784978846

AD 635. Anglo-Saxon Britain. King Oswald must leave his wedding party to combat a Pictish uprising. He leaves Beobrand to escort his new queen to their new home, a journey fraught with danger. The third instalment in The Bernicia Chronicles.

Fiction / FJH (Action & Adventure)
Extent: 400 pages
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The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset
The Serpent Sword
The Cross and the Curse
Killer of Kings
Warrior of Woden
Storm of Steel
Fortress of Fury
For Lord and Land
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Blood and BladeThe Bernicia Chronicles, 3by Matthew Harffy

'Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this' ANGUS DONALD.

'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.

AD 635. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and third instalment in The Bernicia Chronicles. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

Oswald is now King of Northumbria. However, his plans for further alliances and conquests are quickly thrown into disarray when his wedding to a princess of Wessex is interrupted by news of a Pictish uprising.

Rushing north, Oswald leaves Beobrand to escort the young queen to her new home. Their path is fraught with danger and uncertainty, Beobrand must try to unravel secrets and lies if they are to survive.

Meanwhile, old enemies are closing in, seeking brutal revenge. Beobrand will give his blood and blade in service to his king, but will that be enough to avert disaster and save his kith and kin from the evil forces that surround them?

Matthew Harffy grew up in Northumberland where the rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him. He now lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters. Follow Matthew at @MatthewHarffy and

150+ 5* reviews on

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Author previously self-published on Amazon.

'Harffy illuminates the darkness of the Anglo-Saxon world in this vivid depiction of heroes and warriors, priests and kings. This is a tough, full-blooded tale, set against the violent backdrop of a tumultuous age' Ian Ross, author of the Twilight of Empire series

'An epic and intimate saga. Harffy's Anglo-Saxon world is up there with the best' Gordon Doherty, author of The Legionary series

'In Blood and Blade, Matthew Harffy's recreation of the violent and crucial decades of 7th-century Britain reaches a new depth and resonance' Edoardo Albert, author of the Northumbrian Thrones trilogy

'Harffy is one of the finest historical novelists around. He creates thrilling stories, full of twists, with memorable characters gripped by traumatic events. His is especially skilful at immersing the reader in what it must have been like to live in these ancient times' Martin Lake, author of A Love Most Dangerous and The Lost King series

'Battles, treachery, revenge and a healthy dose of Dark Age adventure' SJA Turney, historical fiction and fantasy author

'This is [a series] readers will want to follow because of the historical realism and the character development of not just Beobrand, but all those who contribute to the story and help it move forward' Judith Lesley, NetGalley

'With the lead character you can sense and feel the anger, confusion and passions that he is struggling with ... This is a series that gets better and better and one I highly enjoy' Parmenion Books

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