I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for; Son of Mercia by M.J. Porter. I can’t wait to share my review for this bloody and thrilling book, firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to this tour.

About the Book

Son of Mercia by M.J. Porter.

Genre: Historical Fiction

The start of a brand new series from bestselling author MJ Porter.

Tamworth, Mercia AD825.

The once-mighty kingdom of Mercia is in perilous danger.

Their King, Beornwulf lies dead and years of bitter in-fighting between the nobles, and cross border wars have left Mercia exposed to her enemies.

King Ecgberht of Wessex senses now is the time for his warriors to strike and exact his long-awaited bloody revenge on Mercia.

King Wiglaf, has claimed his right to rule Mercia, but can he unite a disparate Kingdom against the might of Wessex who are braying for blood and land?

Can King Wiglaf keep the dragons at bay or is Mercia doomed to disappear beneath the wings of the Wessex wyvern?

Can anyone save Mercia from destruction?

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3qTnTNN

Review

As this is the first book I have read by M.J. Porter, I didn’t know what to expect when I came into this book, I only knew that I loved the sound of it and the cover was incredibly eye-catching. Yes, I am that shallow and go on how attractive book covers are. LOL!

Sons Of Mercia has a real coming of age/young adult feel about it, it’s not a hugely heavy read. I have read books set in this era before and I have thought at times they have been heavy and long-winded, but this wasn’t like that. It’s got the historical richness and brutality that you would expect from the era, but it’s a lot lighter than I expected it to be and that made for enjoyable reading.

The characters are great, each one brings something to the story I really liked Icel isn’t your stereotypical Anglo Saxon, I enjoyed the subplot surrounding his parentage and history but what I really loved is the village healer aspect of the story, which fascinated me.

Despite my personal issues with never being able to pronounce names (why do Saxon’s have to have such complicated names?) I really enjoyed this book. I liked how easy it was to read, the plot is intricate and compelling, the writing is so clear and exciting you are pulled into the story and swept away in the adventure, I did feel as though the first part was a little on the slow side but once the action kicks off you see the author was building the story up for a gripping and interesting finale, a finale which leaves you questioning hat will come next.

This is incredibly detailed, the author’s descriptions of battles, settings characters are richly immersive and vivid, it is a little bloody and gruesome at times, but again we are talking about an era where they settle feuds with swords and dicing up body parts so that’s to not a surprise, it may be a little too much for those who aren’t a fan of this genre. But as I said earlier in this review, I do think it is a lot milder than most in this genre.

Overall, a great start to what is set to be a thrilling and gripping new series.

About the Author

MJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, and in Viking Age Denmark. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/coloursofunison

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m_j_porter/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163404.M_J_Porter


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