In the second book in the exciting and atmospheric Shadow of the Raven series we rejoin novice monk turned warrior, Matthew as he marches ahead of King Alfred, to Exeter to herald the King's triumphant return to the city, marking his great victory at Edington.
It should have been a journey of just five or perhaps six days but, as Matthew is to find to his cost, in life the road you're given to travel is seldom what you wish for and never what you expect.
In this much-anticipated sequel Chris Bishop again deposits the reader slap-bang into the middle of Saxon Britain, where battles rage and life is cheap. An early confrontation leaves Matthew wounded, but found and tended by a woodland-dwelling healer he survives, albeit with the warning that the damage to his heart will eventually take his life.
Matthew faces many challenges as he battles to make his way back to Chippenham to be reunited with King Alfred and also with the woman he wants to make his wife. This is an epic tale of triumph over adversity as we will the warrior with the pierced heart to make it back to those he loves, before it is too late.
*Warrior with the Pierced Heart* is the second in the series. It is a gripping tale of a young Saxon warrior trying to survive among Vikings.
Matthew was escorting a group of men to prepare the way for Lord Alfred. They decided to take a short cut through the forest where they were ambushed by Vikings and left for dead. He was the only one to survive. How? He doesn't know as there is an arrow lodged in his chest next to his heart.
A beautiful pagan healer comes along and nurses him back to heal. All this is done in exchange for something that only Matthew can provide. All is going well until he is captured by Viking slavers. This is just the beginning of his troubles. Will he be able to survive his time with the Vikings? Will he ever see his home or the pagan healer, again?
The story is wonderfully crafted. The plot is not your typical plot. It is more of a long journey with setbacks and resolutions. The descriptions of the scenery and men are intricate. Matthew grew as a character throughout the book, which is good as he was pretty naive in the beginning. I think this series would make a fantastic movie.
This is my honest opinion. Thank you to the author and Love Books for this copy.