BRITAIN 634 A.D.
Before The Battle of Hastings.
Before Alfred fought the Danes.
Even before England.
Warlords battled across Britain to become the first King of the English.
When Beobrand’s valour brings about a stunning victory against the native Waelisc, the King of Northumbria rewards him with riches and land. Beobrand wishes for nothing more than to settle on his new estate with his bride. But he soon finds himself beset with enemies old and new. He even fears that the power of a curse has him in its grip, as he begins to lose all he holds dear.
With treachery and death surrounding him, Beobrand confronts his foes with cold iron and bitter fury. On his quest for revenge and redemption, he grudgingly accepts the mantle of lord, leading his men into the darkest of nights and the bloodiest of battles.
The Cross and the Curse is Matthew Harffy’s second addition to the Bernicia Chronicles, and this novel shows further development in Harffy’s talent as a skillful storyteller.
After success in battle, Beobrand—a complex, nuanced protagonist—finds himself rewarded with an estate. As in the first tale, the battle scenes are rousing and the depiction of the brutality of the dark ages of Britain is gritty and realistic. This second novel, though, is a more introspective tale, rich in detail of daily life, as the hero grapples with self-doubt in his newfound role as leader and protector of villagers.
The Cross and the Curse is a gripping, exciting tale that follows a hero whose character is continually being developed. Harffy seamlessly blends history with fiction and leaves the reader anticipating the third installment in the series.