I was sent a copy of A Time for Swords by Matthew Harffy at no charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
About A Time for Swords:
There had been portents—famine, whirlwinds, lightning from clear skies, serpents seen flying through the air. But when the raiders came, no one was prepared.
They came from the North, their dragon-prowed longships gliding out of the dawn mist as they descended on the kingdom’s most sacred site.
It is 8th June AD793, and with the pillage of the monastery on Lindisfarne, the Viking Age has begun.
While his fellow monks flee before the Norse onslaught, one young novice stands his ground. He has been taught to turn the other cheek, but faced with the slaughter of his brothers and the pagan desecration of his church, forgiveness is impossible.
Hunlaf soon learns that there is a time for faith and prayer . . . and there is a time for swords.
About the Author:
Matthew Harffy grew up in Northumberland where the rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him. He now lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters.
A Time for Swords open with violence. Out of seemingly nowhere ships land and men attack a monastery – wreaking havoc as they rape, pillage, steal and take prisoners to sell as slaves. One young monk finds a warrior within and fights back rather than cowering in fear. Hunlaf had been sent to the church as a younger son but it had never been a burning desire to be a monk. When his “family” was in danger he found his inner warrior. From that moment on though he could not go back to the quiet life.
As Hunlaf goes forward into his new life he finds that traveling this new path is not going to be easy nor is it going to be what he thought it would be when he changed his vocation. But he does find his new band of brothers as it were and he learns his new craft slowly, surely and well.
The book is written as if it were Hunlaf’s diary of sorts. His writing down the story of his life as he remembers it. It makes for a bit of a slow beginning but it does pick up as Hunlaf leaves his monastic life behind. It’s the first of two books so one can guess that Hunlaf had one hell of a life!
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