Today I’m really happy to have Wolf of Mercia by M.J Porter on my blog, on behalf of Rachel’s Random Resources. Thanks to Rachel, Boldwood Books and NetGalley for my copy of the book.
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?
The second book in the Eagle of Mercia Chronicles, Wolf of Mercia takes us back to Icel and his journey through life. This is a tale I would say needs to be read in the correct order. I have read both of these now and have immensely enjoyed them.
A historical fiction tale that’s told from the unique point of view of Icel, a warrior who wants to be a healer. He is in a war he doesn’t want to be a part of and is torn between loyalties and his conflicts internally. As much as he doesn’t want to fight, this book shows he has grown and matured. He knows he has to defend his country and is capable of doing anything to achieve the aim.
M.J.Porter’s character development is so well done. We see Icel, knowing he has to inflict pain or even death, all the while hating it. His core being is still the Icel we know from the first book. It doesn’t stop at Icel, I did like getting to know King Wiglaf too, turned out a decent character that I found myself liking too.
A series that’s perfect for a history nerd for me. It’s been a while since I read Son of Mercia, but Wolf of Mercia took me straight back to the brutal Anglo-Saxon age. I was, again, in my element. The action is detailed and still so easy to keep up with. I loved every bit of it.
I always think of programmes like ‘The Last Kingdom’ when I read historical stories such as this. I always love the fact I can’t tell where the facts end and the fiction begins. As the Son Of Mercia was, this book is just as seamless in its telling. A perfectly woven story to savour over two days (that’s all I could stretch it too!).
This series is a must for anyone who loves an immersive, well-written and vividly drawn story.
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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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