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    633AD. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, powerful, action-packed historical thriller about vengeance and coming of age. The Bernicia Chronicles are perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

    Beobrand is compelled by his brother's almost-certain murder to embark on a quest for revenge in the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria. The land is rife with danger, as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. In the battles for control of the region, new oaths are made and broken, and loyalties are tested to the limits. With no patronage and no experience, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight with sword and shield.

    Relentless in 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 and the bodies pile up, can Beobrand mete out the vengeance he craves without sacrificing his honour...or even his soul?

    ©2016 Matthew Harffy (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    • John
    • 17/02/2017

    Fantastic!

    If you could sum up The Serpent Sword in three words, what would they be?

    Taking up this book based on the comment about it being a good one for Bernard Cornwell fans, of which I am a huge fan, it started a bit slow. But I stayed with it and was rewarded by a gripping tale every bit as worthy of the genre. The tale covers a wide array of emotional tides other than revenge and grief. Mr. Harfly weaves this tale well and makes it a hard book had to put down. I look forward to the next two books to see what happens to the boy who became a warrior, Beobrand.

    Have you listened to any of Barnaby Edwards’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to any of Mr. Edwards' narrations but I am now a fan. It is difficult to remember that all of those voices are being said by one narrator and not an entire company of actors.

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    • DGK
    • 23/04/2020

    Good tale...

    Good vs evil, with good ultimately, albeit painfully, triumphing. Would not recommend for teens...they may not be ready for graphic sexual violence scenes described, although the author does not shy from such realistic aspects of that time. Worth the read...good disclaimer at the end for minor historical inaccuracies (literary privilege), although they don’t distract from the tale.

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    • Lisa Schilling
    • 12/04/2017

    Amazing story, needs a warning in the description.

    I purchased this book thinking it would be an epic story of honorable warriors accomplishing great feats of power. That's pretty much what I got. But when the author would go into detail about rape scenes and the like, it was disgusting. I saw no such warnings in the description of the book as I was contemplating the purchase, at least nothing obvious. But aside from that, it was a great book full of satisfying revenge and violence (minus the aforementioned scenes). So if there was a warning in the description notifying potential customers of the TYPES and EXTENT of violence, this would be a 5/5 star rating all-round.

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    • Brn724
    • 02/05/2020

    Now that was good

    After listening to a few stories that didn’t hold my interest and seemed marginal at best finally I was not moved to seek a return on my credit investment

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    • SDBruck
    • 05/04/2019

    Good for the most part

    Good storyline- would have given 5 stars had there not been what seemed to be a random roaming part with the outlaw warriors with little purpose or direction other than brutal, savage encounters then back to where they started when the main character joined them. Other than that, good tale.

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    • dave
    • 01/05/2017

    Not that great a story

    Would you try another book from Matthew Harffy and/or Barnaby Edwards?

    Dont think so. I found the story weak

    Has The Serpent Sword turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No i enjoy this genre

    Have you listened to any of Barnaby Edwards’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No

    Did The Serpent Sword inspire you to do anything?

    Certainly not to buy the 2nd book

    Any additional comments?

    Very weak and predictable story. Hero gets everything right all the time

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    • Chris White
    • 28/04/2021

    NORTHUMBRIA LIVES!

    Fantastic book!
    If you are looking for a fix to smooth your Bernard Cornwell craving, this is it.
    It has a slow build in the beginning, but the characters come together nicely and the story is well told.
    The narrator also gives an excellent performance.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 24/01/2021

    Slow and unfocused

    I was disappointed in the pace, and the graphic description of rape was not appreciated.

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    • Robert J Hale
    • 20/11/2020

    good story, light on history.

    an interesting enough story. it iswell written. battle scenes are well done. good narrator. extremely light on history.

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    • vaas
    • 24/07/2020

    great but...

    story is great!..but does this narrator really not know how to pronounce woden or wyrd????