As a lone wolf inside a Wessex stronghold, Icel must ensure his own and Mercia’s triumph.Icel is becoming a warrior of Mercia, but King Ecgberht of Wessex still holds the Mercian settlement of Londonia and its valuable mint.King Wiglaf of Mercia is determined that the last bulwark be reclaimed from his sworn enemy to complete his rehabilitation as Mercia’s rightful ruler.In the heart of the shield wall, Icel suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the battle and thrust into the retreating enemy stronghold where he must take on the pretence of a Wessex warrior to survive and exact a cunning plan to bring down the Wessex force cowering behind the ancient walls.His allegiances are tested and the temptation to make new allies is overwhelming but Icel must succeed if he’s ever to see Tamworth again and bring about King Wiglaf’s victory, or will he be forced to join the enemy?
I’m a huge fan of this author and this series which just keeps getting better and better.
It was great to back with the amazing Icel who is one of my favourite characters and see how he develops into Coelwif’s closest companion. I found it very interesting to see Icel still struggling with hurting others, which goes against his childhood of learning to heal and treat people. I thought the author did great character development in this area though as we see him slowly accept his destiny and learn to accept that sometimes he has to hurt others in the line of duty. There were some great new characters introduced in this book too which I really enjoyed getting to know, especially King Waglaf. The relationships between the characters were great to read about and to see the interaction between them. The banter was brilliant,as always, and helped provide some of the funny moments in the book.
The author does a great job of setting the scene and I felt like I was really there watching all the action unfold. I felt like I was actually in some of the battle scenes which was very exciting and had me on the edge of my seat. The action was very dramatic and I found the book very hard to put down because of this. The tension in the book was very intense at time and I found some of the scenes very hard to read as I had wondered how he would get out of it this time.
This is the second book in the series and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author. Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Boldwood for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
MJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh toEleventh-Century England, and in Viking Age Denmark. Raised in the shadow of abuilding that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meantthat the author’s writing destiny was set.