Kin of Cain: A Short Bernicia Tale
AD 630. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical tale set in the world of The Bernicia Chronicles. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.
Winter grips the land in its icy fist. Terror stalks the hills, moors and marshes of Bernicia. Livestock and men have been found ripped asunder, their bones gnawed, flesh gorged upon. People cower in their halls in fear o...more
More Dark Age tale telling from the author of The Serpent Sword. This time he weaves a story that is well known but puts his own twist on it, and in a manner that is both entertaining and foreshadowing. The main characte ...more
Without doubt, Kin of Cain is spine-tinglingly, nerve-jangling, read-through-your-fingers superb!
It's both a Bernicia short-story, and the work of a writer now catapulted into the ranks of the very best the Historical Fiction genre has to offer. If I hadn't already been 100% convinced of that, I wouldn't have agreed to take part in the Blog Tour to promote the book, put it like that. It's clear, that for lovers of Historical Fiction, 7th Century Britannia is the place to be right now, because w ...more
Well now we have the chance to see a little of the man himself in a short story set before the events The Serpent Sword.
86 pages is a decent amount of pages for a short tale in my opinion and Harffy doesn't hold back. For me what I really enjoyed was this tale has a bit o ...more
630 AD and terror and winter grip the lands of Bernicia, the northernmost kingdom in the lands of the Englefolk. A monster stalks the hills, livestock and men have been found torn asunder, their bones gnawed, their flesh gorged upon. King Edwin sends his champions, Bassus and Octa, with a band of trusted men to rid the kingdom of this evil. As Bassus leads this brave war band into the northern hills, they soon question whether they are the prey or the hunted, but whatever the darkness ...more
I seriously need to start reading more novellas. It really is the perfect length for a booklover with a busy life. I normally pickup an anthology for that, but this was great, and it was such an amazing story it made me want to buy a few more! I’ll for sure be reading other books by this author.
Ok, so what’s this story about? It’s a retelling of a time long, long ago. While partying it up in the great hall with all the kin ...more
A great beast stalks the lands of Bernicia, a monster that strikes at night, ripping its victims asunder and eating the remains..... King Edwin cannot suffer this monstrosity to live and charges the hulking warrior Bassus, along with Octa and a small group of Thegns to find and kill the beast!
This has all the markings of a great horror story as our stout group of warriors ...more
So the story is set in the same period and world as his main books the Bernicia Chronicles. Kin Of Cain ties into the story of Octa, Beobrands brother who we don’t hear much about in the main books, which to me was really interesting. A creature of legend is stalking the winter nights preying on men, women and children. The king sends his best and bravest warriors to ...more
I have enjoyed reading the Bernica books, and when happened upon this novella by the same author I purchased it.
Exciting and fast moving, this is a prequel of sorts and features Octa, elder brother of the hero of the Bernica books. Also appearing is the sword Hruntung and it's original owner. Enjoy reading this addition to the Benicia novels.
A blood-curdling cry in the darkest of nights. Lifestock slaughtered. Good men dead. This cannot continue. King Edwin will not allow such a monster to remain at large. He must be hunted. He must be killed.
On a cold winters day, King Edwin's favoured thanes set out on a quest to find and kill the beast that ...more
A dark tale of courage and camaraderie in early Anglo-Saxon Britain. A monster is on the loose and a band of warriors, keen to win favour with their king, set out on its trail. The author skilfully creates the harsh and forbidding landscape of seventh century Northumbria through which our brave heroes travel to track down their prey. Is it man, beast of demon? An engaging and beguiling novella that delivers on drama - and gives a nod to folk legend.
No spoilers, but this is action packed, fast paced and brilliantly written. As always with Matthew’s books the world he has created is vivid and and you find yourself quickly immersed. Strong characters, with a couple of familiar faces for those that have read The Serpent Sword and the other ...more
Mr. Harffy does a great job of blending his characters into a tale that is like Beowulf, in more ways than one. I won't spoil the story, but you will see what I mean once you read it for yourself. Check out the authors other world as well. He has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
by Matthew Harffy
Never in my life have I wanted to give out the spoiler for the mystery of a novel, so I am going to talk around it. Anyone who has taken English 101, will figure out what I am talking about.
A Viking/Anglo-Saxon adventure as Octa and his men chase after a man-eating monster. Mr. Harffy does an amazing job of dispelling the glamour of the High Fantasy quest. Octa, Bassa and the others neither freeze, go hungry, get hurt and even ru ...more
Although I had not heard of or read the Bernicia Chronicles, I thoroughly enjoyed this adventurous book set in Anglo Saxon Britain. With an unknown evil stalking the land, a group of warriors is sent out to deal with this looming threat. I will be looking for more by this talented historical fiction author.