Sorry, this site requires JavaScript enabled.
Head of Zeus
The Serpent Sword
The Serpent Sword Matthew Harffy
 The Bernicia Chronicles, 1

AD 633.

Beobrand is a young man with a shadowy past. As an outsider in the kingdom of Bernicia, he is compelled to join his brother, Octa, as a warrior in the household of King Edwin. He must learn to fight with sword and shield to defend the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria.

In a period of great upheaval for Dark Age Britain, all he finds is death and war. Men and women strive to seize control of their destinies in a time of despair, and the land is rife with danger as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. Amongst the blood and the betrayals, Beobrand learns of his brother's near-certain murder. Inexperienced but ruthless, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight as a warrior with sword and shield.

Driven by a desire for vengeance and a relentless 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, can Beobrand mete out the retribution he craves without sacrificing his honour... or even his soul?

Head of Zeus, an Aria book * Action & Adventure
01 Jun 2016 * 400pp * £1.99 * 9781784978822
REVIEWS
'Historical fiction doesn't get much better than this'
Angus Donald, author of The Outlaw Chronicles
'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 ... I look forward to its sequels'
Historical Novel Society
'Murder, betrayal and vengeance fuel tribal warfare and personal combat. Beobrand is the warrior to follow'
David Gilman
'A well written book in a believable setting and is a good example of this genre'
4/5, Rosie Amber
'What a thrilling read – if you like violence and gore you will definitely enjoy this book'
Jackie Southward, NetGalley
'I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who likes historical fiction, or military fiction, or even just a good old-fashioned rousing novel'
Barbara Bernstein, NetGalley
'The new hardback is so gloriously beautiful I just had to own it'
David's Book Blurg
ALSO IN THE SERIES
The Cross and the Curse
Blood and Blade
Killer of Kings
Warrior of Woden
The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset
Storm of Steel
Fortress of Fury
Author
Matthew Harffy
Matthew Harffy
Matthew 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.
ALSO BY Matthew Harffy
The Cross and the Curse
Blood and Blade
Kin of Cain
Killer of Kings
Warrior of Woden
The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset
Storm of Steel
Fortress of Fury
Wolf of Wessex
OTHER BOOKS YOU MIGHT LIKE
Master Of War: The Blooding
The Cross and the Curse
Revenge
Survival
Blood and Blade
Kin of Cain
Monsun
Wüstenkönig
Triumph Der Sonne
Der Magier
Die Suche
Killer of Kings
Master Of War
Defiant Unto Death
War at the Edge of the World
Swords Around The Throne
Gate of the Dead
Daughter of the Wolf
Battle for Rome
The Last Horseman
The Mask of Command
The Serpent Sword
Viper's Blood
Silk and Song
Vindolanda
The Death of the Fronsac: A Novel
Triumph in Dust
Emperor
Knives in the South
Imperial Vengeance
Scourge of Wolves
A Suspicion of Silver
Swords in the East
The Encircling Sea
Master of War Boxset
The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset
Conquest
Storm of Steel
Brigantia
Cross of Fire