A rousing historical
novel that rescues one of England’s forgotten heroes from the mists of early
medieval history and brings him to brutal and bloody life 1062, a time many feared
was the end of days.
With the English King Edward heirless and ailing, across the
grey seas in Normandy the brutal William the Bastard waits for the moment when
he can drown England in a tide of blood. The ravens of war are gathering. But
as King Edward’s closest advisors scheme and squabble amongst themselves, hopes
of resisting the naked ambition of the Norman duke come to rest with just one
man: Hereward. To some a ruthless warrior and master tactician, to others a
devil in human form, Hereward is as adept in the art of warfare as the foes
that gather to claim England’s throne. But in his country’s hour of greatest
need, his enemies at court have made him outlaw. To stay alive—and a free man—he
must carve a violent swathe from the frozen lands outside the capital. The tale
of a man whose deeds will become the stuff of legend, this is also the story of
two mismatched allies: Hereward, the dark angel of war; and Alric, a man of
peace, a monk. One man will risk everything to save the land he loves, the
other will strive to save his friend’s soul.
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