11 April 2017

KIN of CAIN by Matthew Harffy

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Novella / Military / Adventure
7th Century
North of England

Kin of Cain is a novella from this popular writer of Anglo Saxon saga. At only 104 pages it is shorter than his usual work but if you are not familiar with this writer, this serves as a perfect introduction.

King Edwin is in his hall when the air is rent with a scream. Grabbing swords and knives, the thegns rush to discover the source and cause of the scream, and come across a man, broken and distraught, claiming his son has been killed by an other-worldly beast. King Edwin charges his most fearsome warriors to track down this creature and kill it.

The action starts right away, with little build up and the reader is thrust into this Anglo Saxon world of Harffy's, his Bernicia, centred in the north west around Bamburgh. His Saxons are the stuff of legend, larger-than-life men who live in a world long lost to us, even the names are unfamiliar, and yet it is vividly drawn and tangible. For those who have some understanding of the times, there is a delightful twist to this story, one you may or may not see coming, but one I think the majority of readers drawn to this novella can appreciate and enjoy.

I find it hard to praise this little work highly enough. I was hooked from the first page and the pace never lets up. That it is over so soon is the only disappointment with this accomplished piece of story telling. I loved it.

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© Nicky Galliers
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