Cerdic is the nephew of a great warrior who died the hero of the 6th century Anglo-Saxon country of Deira. Growing up in a quiet village, he dreams of the glories of battle and of one day writing his name into the sagas. He experiences the true horrors of war, however, when his home is attacked, his sister kidnapped, his family betrayed and his uncle’s legendary sword stolen. Cerdic is thrown into the struggles that will determine the future of 6th century Britain and must show courageous leadership and overcome treachery, to save his kingdom, rescue his sister and return home with his uncle’s sword. The Amber Treasure is historical fiction set in the chaotic, bloody years of the late 6th century. This is the first novel in a series entitled “Northern Crown” which shows, through the eyes of Cerdic, the rise to greatness of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It is a journey that involves treachery, murder, great courage and epic battles. (Taken from Goodreads)
Historical fiction is a personal favourite genre of mine. Richard Denning has well researched the Dark ages and the reader is instantly transported into the dark ages.
Vivid description is used throughout the novel and transports the reader to the dark ages. All characters have a purpose within this novel. All characters have a purpose within the novel and help to transport the reader to this time. I could relate to all the characters that are present throughout the novel and this is something that has always been important to me.
If you are into historical fiction this is definitely a novel you will inhale. I look forward to reading more work from Richard Denning and he is definitely an author who is one to watch.
A copy of this novel was received for review and all opinions expressed are my own through reading this novel.