BRITAIN 633 A.D.
Certain that his brother’s death is murder, young farmhand Beobrand embarks on a quest for revenge in war-torn Northumbria. When he witnesses barbaric acts at the hands of warriors he considers his friends, Beobrand questions his chosen path and vows to bring the men to justice.
Relentless in pursuit of his enemies, Beobrand faces challenges that change him irrevocably. Just as a great sword is forged by beating together rods of iron, so his adversities transform him from a farm 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 begin to pile up, can Beobrand mete out the vengeance he craves without sacrificing his own honour … or even his soul?
The Serpent Sword is the first in the Bernicia Chronicles and Matthew Harffy’s impressive debut novel. Set in seventh century Britain, when the disparate island was caught in the tumult of violence, the story follows the growth and adventures of young Beobrand.
A coming of age story at its gritty best, the tale is well-crafted and fast-paced, and vivid writing transports the reader into the Dark Ages. Revenge, loss, and loss are explored, and Harffy has given the reader an authentic, flawed hero.
The Serpent Sword is a tale of adventure that paints a portrait of the barbarism and heroism of the age. The descriptive language sweeps the reader along, and the story is gripping from the first page to the last, proving Harffy is a name to be watched in the genre.