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M.J Porter – Warrior Of Mercia @rararersources @coloursofunison @BoldwoodBooks #WarriorOfMercia #blogtour #historicalfiction #boldwoodbloggers #SharonBTB

I am bringing my review of Wartior Of Mercia by M.J Porter to the blog today. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the blog tour and Boldwood Books for the ARC to take part.

Icel is a lone wolf no more.

Oath sworn to Wiglaf, King of Mercia and acknowledged as a member of Ealdorman Ælfstan’s warrior band, Icel
continues to forge his own destiny on the path to becoming the Warrior of Mercia.

With King Ecgberht of Wessex defeated and Londonium back under Mercian control, the Wessex invasion of Mercia is over.

But the Wessex king was never Mercia’s only enemy. An unknown danger lurks in the form of merciless Viking raiders, who set their sights on infiltrating the waterways of the traitorous breakaway kingdom of the East Angles, within touching distance of Mercia’s eastern borders.

Icel must journey to the kingdom of the East Angles and unite against a common enemy to ensure Mercia’s hard-won freedom prevails.

The third instalment in The Eagle Of Mercia Chronicles. Warrior Of Mercia picks up the story of Icel, a young man who is trying to be accepted as a warrior. I have followed this series from the start and it’s been one full of ups and downs. You can read this as a standalone but if you are a historical fiction fan like me, read them as a series. It is so worth reading.

M.J Porter has done it again. Such an immersive story, I was back by Icel’s side as he attempts to help keep the peace in Mercia as a warrior. I felt like he was almost a friend, three books in. It wasn’t just Icel that I felt for as the story developed. The fact that every character is brought vividly to life as you turn the pages made me hold my breath as they went into the brutal battles that this book has plenty of.

I am such a history nerd that revisiting Icel and this historical period had me in my element again. Again M.J Porter’s detailed settings are so good I could picture myself there. I was so immersed I couldn’t drag myself away from the book. I was glued to my kindle.

The facts and fiction were woven together with such skill, I really couldn’t tell where the facts ended and the fiction began, it is written that well. Three books in and it’s a story that is still as exciting as the first book. I read this in a day and I didn’t want to get to the end. Warrior Of Mercia gave me a book hangover and it hasn’t happened for a while.

If you love historical fiction that’s been meticulously researched, with characters you can get behind and plenty of action. Try this series, you won’t be disappointed.

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Author Bio

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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