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The Amber Treasure

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    We are proud to announce that The Amber Treasure is a 2012 B.R

    We are proud to announce that The Amber Treasure is a 2012 B.R.A.G.MedallionTM Honoree. This book is certainly worth you time and money!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    A REAL PAGE TURNER

    Wonderful characters, believable history and a well written story; and a list of sources for further study or reading. If you like Jack Whyte or Bernard Cornwell, this is almost as good in its own way. Well, could use more character development maybe, but good action and battle scenes. This period is still so obscure but books like this whet the appetite to find out more about the lives of those left behind in the vacuum after Rome, worldwide. Am ready for the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

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    The Amber Treasure is just that!

    In "The Amber Treasure" the Welsh people are portrayed as the aggressors, the attackers, the antagonists. My initial reaction was startling: "How can this be?" I always thought Wales was the center of British heroic tradition. (I'm prejudiced, as my last name, Walsh, is a derivative from "Walish" or "those foreigners from Wales.") And, after all, didn't Arthurian legend originate in Wales? Didn't Alfred the Great and his powerful thrust to rid the Vikings, come from amongst these same warring people? Yes, that, it seems comes later. In this period of the novel, after Rome leaves, the ones from Wales must fight to regain land, while the Angles, Saxons and Jutes are the one who try to preserve the peace.
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    But, as with any exciting, well-written historical fiction, "The Amber Treasure" successfully repaints an era, and resurrects a culture, with vivid scenes and stunning characters. History books are much too factual for this reader, but historical fiction, such as Richard Denning's, can happily educate, as it sews a vivid tale, penned with the richness of time, place, people, customs and mission.

    The plot centers on the protagonist, Cerdic, who lives in the post-Roman Northumbrian town called TheVilla. Cerdic's family legacy centers on the oral myths generated by his late warrior-uncle's brave assaults, and the physical reality of the uncle's prized sword, passed down to Cerdic, as well as his family's amber jewels, kept sacred by Cerdic's mother. There is a classic line on page 7: "..all good stories are about a sword."

    But, the idealistic views and glorious tales of battle are smashed in Cerdic's imagination when invaders from Wales destroy the town, kill his brother, Cuthwin, drag away his sister, Mildreth, and steal both the jewels and the prized sword. ".war is really tears and death" (page 119.) The character transformation from the idyllic Cerdic to the vengeful warrior Cerdic, to me, is the most intriguing element of the novel. The author's description of this transition is brilliant.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Fast Action Read

    This book starts out fast and doesn't slow down. As for historical fiction, don't let that stop you if you have never read it before, lots of action. Look forward to reading more by this author? Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 11, 2013

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Great

    Great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Excelent read

    Very intreging read coulnd not put it down

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