Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be sharing my (mini) review for; Fortress of Fury by Matthew Harffy. I can’t wait to share this book with you all.

About the Book

Fortress of Fury by Matthew Harffy

Series: The Bernicia Chronicles #7

Genre: Historical Fiction

AD 647. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the seventh instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles.

War hangs heavy in the hot summer air as Penda of Mercia and his allies march into the north. Caught unawares, the Bernician forces are besieged within the great fortress of Bebbanburg.

It falls to Beobrand to mount the defence of the stronghold, but even while the battle rages, old and powerful enemies have mobilised against him, seeking vengeance for past events.

As the Mercian forces tighten their grip and unknown killers close in, Beobrand finds himself in a struggle with conflicting oaths and the dreadful pull of a forbidden love that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear.

With the future of Northumbria in jeopardy, will Beobrand be able to withstand the powers that beset him and find a path to victory against all the odds?

Review

I have to admit that this was my first book by Matthew Harffy, I enjoyed my first visit into Harffey’s Anglo-Saxon world so much I went on to read the next in the series too (review of that one to come).

Fortress of Fury is the seventh book in the Bernicia Chronicles, I did get the feeling I had missed out on something whilst reading so I do believe that the series needs to be read in order instead of doing what I do and jump in halfway through (no change there) but despite my initial misgivings that I wouldn’t be able to follow the story as I had missed the first six adventures, I did enjoy it immensely and soon fell into the Beobrands life and journey – but I will be reading the previous books as soon as I can and this time I will be starting from book one.

Beobrand is a complex character – or maybe he isn’t, as I have missed so much of his previous journey, maybe I just think he’s complicated, I may have missed out on something with starting a series so far in – anyway he is an interesting character, one who I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and following as he sets out on his journey. He is a brilliant leader and I thought a decent man, the way he loves his horse, in particular, made me like him all the more. I have always said you can judge a man by how he treats animals and his fondness for his aged horse set in stone that this man is a great hero to follow.

Fortress of Fury is a great historical novel it’s daring, thrilling, exciting and addictive. It’s one of those books where you start and become so immersed into the story you refuse to put it down for a moment with a fear that you are going to miss out on something. I loved the pacing and how easily it flowed, I have always like faster-paced books and this one has it perfectly, it kidnaps you, takes you hostage until the very last word.

Matthew Harffey is an incredibly talented writer, he transports you from your comfy chair and plonks you right down in the middle of Northumberland (or Bernicia), the settings and each scene are stunning, the descriptions of the area and the time are breath-taking I felt as though I was standing right beside Beobrand.

Overall, Fortress of Fury is a dramatic, thrilling, intense, gloriously vivid and meticulously researched novel that engages the reader from page one and compels them to keep reading right to the very end. If you love edgier, historical adventures with heroes you can’t help but back all the way and then keep thinking about well after closing the last page then Fortress of Fury is the book you need to read.

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