Storm of Steel (2019)
(The sixth book in the Bernicia Chronicles series)
AD 643. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the sixth instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles. Heading south to lands he once considered his home, Beobrand is plunged into a dark world of piracy and slavery when an old friend enlists his help to recover a kidnapped girl. Embarking onto the wind-tossed seas, Beobrand pursues his quarry with single-minded tenacity. But the Whale Road is never calm and his journey is beset with storms, betrayal and violence. As the winds of his wyrd blow him ever further from what he knows, will Beobrand find victory on his quest or has his luck finally abandoned him?
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this author grow as a writer, i remember reading The Serpent Sword very early on and while the writing had some rough edges, i could see the huge potential behind the writing and also the Characters. Very early on i made the comparison to Cornwells Uhtred series, only Harffys Beobrand was much grittier, more real, he had all the sharp edges and lack of finesse that Uhtred should have had for a warrior of his period. That comparison has stuck with me throughout the series so far and this latest book does nothing to change that.
Storm of Steel takes Beobrand to the sea and on a new and potentially impossible mission, but Beobrand lives by the luck of the gods and helps to create the chaos that they love. The story was once again hugely engaging and exciting, the story given an edge of the seat feeling as the men battle nature, the gods and their enemies, over coming betrayal and intrigue and when it matters overcoming the enemy shieldwall.. Matts books never lack for blood and barely suppressed danger and violence, a violence that without warning explodes into direct action, much to the detriment of Beobrands enemies.
I only had one quibble with the book…. you may also find it in the surf, the same as Beobrand did, but it didn’t stop this being another cracking book in a truly excellent series.
1. The Serpent Sword (2015)
2. The Cross and the Curse (2016)
3. Blood and Blade (2016)
4. Killer of Kings (2017)
5. Warrior of Woden (2018)
6. Storm of Steel (2019)
Kin of Cain (2017)
The Bernicia Chronicles Boxset 1-3 (omnibus) (2018)