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A Night of Flames
03 Mar 2022 * TRADE PAPERBACK * £14.99 * 9781801102285

The second book of Matthew Harffy's new series, featuring novice monk turned warrior, Hunlaf, in a new historical adventure set in Dark Age Britain and Norway.

Fiction / FV (Historical Fiction)
Extent: 544 pages  Format: 229 x 148 mm Illus: 1 map
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A Time for Swords
Also in A Time for Swords series
A Night of FlamesA Time for Swords, 2by Matthew Harffy

In the wild lands of Norway, Hunlaf must quell a vicious slave uprising in Matthew Harffy's new historical adventure.

A wild land. A lethal fanatic. A violent revolt.

Northumbria AD 794. Those who rule the seas, rule the land. None know the truth of this more than the Vikings. To compete with the sea-faring, violent raiders, the king of Northumbria orders the construction of his own longships under the command of oath-sworn Norseman, Runolf.

When the Northern sea wolves attack for the second year, the king sends cleric turned warrior, Hunlaf, on a mission across the Whale Road to persuade the king of Rogaland into an alliance. But Runolf and Hunlaf have other plans; old scores to settle, kin to seek out, and a heretical tome to find in the wild lands of the Norse.

Their voyage takes them into the centre of a violent uprising. A slave has broken free of his captors, and, with religious fervour, he is leading his fanatical followers on a rampage – burning all in his path.

Hunlaf must brave the Norse wilderness, and overcome deadly foes to stop this madman. To fail would see too many die...

Praise for Matthew Harffy:

'Harffy is a master of the Dark Age thriller ... A Time for Swords is a bold opening to yet another enthralling series. It promises to be one heck of a ride' Theodore Brun, author of A Mighty Dawn

'Terrific white-knuckle action, absolutely gripping storytelling ... Can't wait for the next one. Highly recommended!' Angus Donald, author of Robin Hood and the Caliph's Gold

'The gripping novel evokes the turbulence and violence of the first onslaught of the Vikings. I couldn't put it down!' Christian Cameron, author of Hawkwood's Sword

'Nothing less than superb ... The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page' Historical Novel Society

'Harffy's writing just gets better and better ... He is really proving himself the rightful heir to Gemmell's crown' Jemahl Evans, author of The Last Roundhead

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. @MatthewHarffy www.matthewharffy.com

The heir to Bernard Cornwell, and Matthew Harffy's answer to A Heart of Darkness.

The author is active on social media and well-connected in the historical fiction community.

The series has over 2000 5* reviews on Amazon UK and over 1000* reviews on Amazon US.

MARKET: Bernard Cornwell; Conn Iggulden; David Gemmell.


PRAISE FOR MATTHEW HARFFY:
'A master of the Dark Age thriller' Theodore Brun.
'A Time for Swords is a bold opening to yet another enthralling series. It promises to be one heck of a ride' Theodore Brun.
'A breathtaking novel that sweeps the reader into a dark and dangerous world' Paul Fraser Collard (on A Time for Swords).
'Matthew Harffy's tale of England in the Dark Ages is nothing less than superb ... The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page' Historical Novel Society (on the Bernicia Chronicles).
'The gripping novel evokes the turbulence and violence of the first onslaught of the Vikings. I couldn't put it down!'
Christian Cameron (on A Time for Swords)

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