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KING’S BANE TWO

GODS OF WAR

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FOLLOW THE LINK UNDER ‘MY BOOKS’  TO READ CHAPTER ONE.

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 Spring 524A.D.

As the last settlers board the ships which will carry them to Anglia, Eofer and the men of his war band are sent to harry the Danish coast, drawing the enemy eastwards as King Eomær’s host lands in the west

But the gods of war can be fickle, and the ravaging does not end as planned.

A warlord, Ubba silk beard, leads the counterattack. Driving the raiders from the kingdom he pursues them through the forests of Scania as the war of fire and steel rages on.

Other forces are at work, other ventures already in play.

Seizing his chance for kingship an assassin strikes, and a new power emerges from the ruins of the old as the young Danish king gathers his army and marches to confront the invader.

Gods of War is the second volume in the bestselling King’s Bane series, the genesis of England.

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AMAZON BESTSELLER

KING’S BANE ONE

FIRE & STEEL

Fire & Steel is the first book in a series which follows the migration of the Angles from the neck of the Jutland peninsula in the early 6th Century to the lands we now call East Anglia. The main character is Eofer king’s bane. Many of you will already know him from Sword of Woden-Sorrow Hill as the Angle who married Hygelac’s daughter, Astrid, and he was of course the Angle responsible for the death of the Swedish King Ongentheow during the battle at Ravenswood in the final book of the trilogy, Monsters.

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Britannia 523 A.D. 

As warlords clash, a small tribe clings to its colony of Anglia.

Across the German Sea powerful enemies covet Engeln itself.

But the English are not easily cowed.

As Spear-Danes threaten the homeland a hero returns,

leading the fightback with ferocity and guile…

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SPEESH READS: 6 OUT OF 5 STARS.

‘This is a book the likes of friends Cornwall, Kristian and Low, would give their eye-teeth to have written.’

https://speesh.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/review-fire-steel-c-r-may/

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A new look for my first book, Sorrow Hill…

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and Book Two, Wræcca…

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and finally Book Three, Monsters.

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THE LATEST REVIEW FOR SORROW HILL

FROM HOOVER BOOK REVIEWS.

Sorrow Hill – Sword of Woden 1 by C.R. May

20JUN

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An engaging tale of the legendary character of Beowulf.  The author has done an excellent job in bringing to life the early 6th Century with all the struggles inherent with all of the various groups, Geats, Jutes, Swedes, etc as they seek to further their prestige and power.  Beowulf grows to manhood in this, the first volume in the series, and becomes an accomplished warrior and leader, albeit one with still much to learn.  The  situation for Beowulf and his family gets complicated with the mysterious deaths of the heir to the Geat throne and his father, the King, and it is this plot line that makes for a page turning opening to this saga.  One of the more appealing aspects of the book is the camaraderie between the warriors and how the author propels the reader into the action, making it feel as if you are in the shield wall.  I eagerly look forward to continuing this series.

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An old friendship renewed.

61y2mtxziuL._AC_UL160_SR114,160_Trolling through Amazon the other day in search of research material for King’s Bane three, I stumbled across an item which I have looked for on and off for decades. The above dvd of the old 1980’s BBC series ‘In Search of the Dark Ages’ has been unavailable since that time, despite high demand. Apparently the problem lay with copyright issues for some of the incidental music used, which was a tragedy because this series really helped to spark my interest in the period. It is not an exaggeration to say that the programmes contained here were life changing for myself and, I now know, many others. Written and presented by a youthful Michael Wood, each individual programme dealt with an important name from the era. Among the more familiar Arthur, Boudicca, Offa and Ælfred stories, Michael also introduced men like Eric Bloodaxe and Æthelstan to a wider audience for the first time.

The enthusiasm for his subject is one of the standout features of the programmes. As a boy he had spent the summer holidays attempting to discover the site of the Battle of Brunanburh. For me personally, and quite a few others who are now household names in the field, it was the series which led me to search out and explore Anglo Saxon sites close to my own home. Mucking was little more than a windswept river terrace overlooking the Thames, but a bike ride allowed me to stand on the site where some of the very first English settlers lived and worked. A short train ride took me to Benfleet, the site of King Ælfred and the men of London’s great victory over the Danish vikings led by Hæsten in 894. The charred remains of Hæsten’s ships were unearthed during the construction of the station there in the mid 19th Century and the nearby church stands on the site of the Danish fortress which the Londoners stormed that day to win their famous victory.

As I got older and more mobile Ashingdon, the site of Edmund Ironside’s great battle with Cnut came within reach, as did the site of the Battle of Maldon outside the town itself. Sutton Hoo was then a collection of burial mounds at the end of a farmer’s track, unmarked on anything other than the ordinance survey map, a far cry from the World famous visitor centre of today.

In part thanks to these programmes, I have enjoyed a lifetime of study, entertainment and now employment within this far off period in our history. Although of its time, it remains a cracking series and is well worth a look.

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