Release date - 6th April 2017
Book length - 361 pages
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - Blood and Destiny (The Shadow of the Raven Book 1)
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
It is 878 and Wessex stands alone against Guthrum's Viking hordes as all England cowers beneath their raven banner.
With most of his army destroyed following a surprise attack at Chippenham, Alfred King of Wessex, retreats to the desolate marshes at Athelney. Whilst few believe he can ever restore the kingdom, he remains determined – no matter the cost.
Among the small band of weary survivors is Matthew, a novice monk who must learn to fight like a warrior if he, along with his brother and fellow Saxons, are to have any chance of defeating the Vikings. As the impending battle looms, Matthew is charged with a vital role that means he must face danger and betrayal, and undertake a hazardous journey during which his faith will face the ultimate test.
In this gripping tale of war, power, and treachery, we follow the journey of two brothers who are caught up in its grip. Matthew, as the third son, was always destined for Holy Orders and is on his path as a novice monk. And as he journeys alongside his brother, Edwin, who is a warrior, Matthew doles out succour for those who need him. But as the Vikings and their violent rage sweep the country, Matthew will be forced to confront his faith at every turn, as blood spills across his land for power, control, and vengeance. Weaving history and fiction together BLOOD AND DESTINY by Chris Bishop is compelling and it played across my mind like a movie, as I read. Though the reality and harshness of life and battle at that time are always present, the bonds of loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice for one's beliefs shines throughout. BLOOD AND DESTINY by Chris Bishop is the perfect read for historical fiction fans and I look forward to the next book in The Shadow of the Raven series.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5
Chris Bishop is a retired chartered surveyor who has pursued his love of writing for as long as he can remember. He is an intrepid traveller and a retired Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is married with two children and four granddaughters and lives in London. For more information:
Publisher - reddoorpublishing.com/project/blood-and-destiny/
*I want to thank Anna at Red Door Publishing and the author Chris Bishop for the wonderful opportunity to review this novel, and take part in this blog tour. ❤️
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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