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08 June 2022

Book Review: Wolf of Mercia by MJ Porter *AD Gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Wolf of Mercia by MJ Porter ahead of the blog tour.

It has been so long since I last read a historical novel like this, and I have no regrets. It's a true adventure, a thrill to read, and will leave you breathless.

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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?

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5 Word Review: Belonging, survival, loyalty, action, history.

I am a sucker for political intrigue, and this book has it in spades. I loved all of the politicking and plotting and the inherent danger all around. Add in coming-of-age themes? It was perfect.

This story is so tense, the plot driven forward at an incredible speed by all that is happening. Icel is very much pushed and pulled like the tide has hold of him, and it helped deepen his character, there were so many layers. I loved Icel's reluctance at what was thrust upon him, and how he worked through it. There is action at every turn and we're treated to a blow-by-blow account. If your favourite parts of Lord of the Rings were the battles then you're in for a treat.

I loved that the tension was broken up by banter between the characters. As a reader I really felt like I was in the middle of a group of friends at times.

I feel like I did miss out on some of the backstory and history of the characters by not reading the first book, but if anything that has just made me want to read more. I'll definitely be going back and reading the first story in the Eagle of Mercia Chronicles.

I will definitely be reading more of this series, it's perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell's The Warrior Chronicles. Wolf of Mercia felt almost like an epic journey and I was breathless by the end.
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MJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, and in Viking Age Denmark. They were raised in the shadow of a building that they believed housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia – so their writing destiny was set. The first novel in their new Anglo-Saxon series for Boldwood Son of Mercia was published in February 2022.

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