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The Last King
by M.J. Porter
Publication Date: April 23, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 314 pages
Series: The Ninth Century, Book One
Genre: Historical Thriller
They sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough.
Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters.
Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, hears whispers that Mercia has been betrayed from his home in the west. He fears no man, especially not the Vikings sent to hunt him down.
To discover the truth of the rumours he hears, Coelwulf must travel to the heart of Mercia, and what he finds there will determine the fate of Mercia, as well as his own.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Last King by MJ Porter is the first installment in The Ninth Century Trilogy
A bold and bloody start to a military historical fictional series of the last king of independent Mercia. Ceolwulf a Saxon warrior who later becomes king.
A fast moving book that centers on Ceolwulf close band of hardened warriors fighting of the never ending hoards of the Viking Raiders. If you enjoy in-depth detailed military battle scenes than this is a book for you. The author doesn’t hold anything back, with her in your face language and gore. Do take note this not a book for the light hearted historical fiction readers. The author MJ Porter uses first person POV to give Ceolwulf’s story. This insightful look at what this warrior and those that follow him go through as they face the trials set before them to hold back an invading force. What immediately grabbed my attention in this story was the perseverance￼ of the characters. An rip roaring charged book, that grabs your attention, as you are thrown into this warrior tale.
Atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining!
I’m an author of fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed) and historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest). I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!
I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!
Not sure where to start your journey through Early England? Here are some pointers.
If you like action-adventure, with a heavy dose of violence, foul language and good old camaraderie – The Ninth Century series is for you, starting with The Last King, or The Seventh Century, starting with Pagan Warrior, has a little more politics to go with the set-piece battles.
If you like stories about the forgotten women of history, then the Tenth Century series, starting with The Lady of Mercia’s Daughter, is a good place to begin. Or, The First Queen of England, with a little more romance.
If you’re interested in the last century of Early England (before 1066) then The Earls of Mercia series is for you.
If you want to read it all, then you can read in chronological order, or mix it up. The series weren’t written in chronological order.
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