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The brand-new gripping historical novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Lady of Hay.
Mercia, 788 AD
In the grand Saxon halls of Mercia, King Offa rules with cold ambition. His youngest daughter, Eadburh, is destined for an arranged marriage, but with reckless spirit, her heart is taken by a Welsh prince, a man she can never be matched with and who is quickly and cruelly taken from her.
Eadburh inherited her father’s ruthless ways, but it’s the gifts passed down from her mother that are far more dangerous. She is determined to carve her own place in the world, yet her path could cause war.
Offa’s Dyke, 2021
In a cottage hidden amongst the misty Welsh hills of Offa’s Dyke, Bea Dalloway is called to help Simon Armstrong, who is searching for peace. Instead he finds himself disturbed by unsettling noises and visions.
It isn’t long before Bea is also swept up by haunting dreams. The past is whispering to them, calling out for the truth to be told at last. And as dreams and reality weave closer together, Bea and Simon must be strong to resist the pull of the past - and its desire for revenge....
The Sunday Times best-selling author returns with a thrilling tale of lost love, betrayal and secrets that have lain buried over a thousand years....
“Barbara Erskine is an astonishingly good writer. I have always been a massive fan and admirer of her talent. I feel that she has written this book especially for me. It has everything I love, and is so compelling I drop everything to get back to it. Warmth, depth, mystery, magic and the supernatural, I’m just so excited to be engrossed in such a beautiful book!" (Santa Montefiore, best-selling author)
"A dazzling roller-coaster of a book that will thrill, enchant and intrigue those who love history and the supernatural." (Alison Weir, best-selling author)
"The story of Eadburh is brilliantly imagined and the novel is so atmospheric and suspenseful, full of myth and magic and hauntings...such vivid and well-rounded characters. Wild Wales and the contrasting ordered life of the Cathedral are beautifully evoked, too." (Rachel Hore, best-selling author)
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I do enjoy Jilly Bond as a narrator--just not for this story. Her voice is too light and "jokey" for an Erskine book in general, and some of the voices are just plain silly. I'm not finished yet, and not entirely happy with the story; I'm having a very tough time figuring out if my disengagement in the story is related to the narration.
Riveting but disappointing ending
I was swept up in this tale waking in the night to listen some more but the ending was too simple and felt a bit lazy. The main nasty protagonist never really had her story completed and there were no surprises at the end.