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The Amber Treasure

The Amber Treasure

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by Richard Denning

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“I will take care of the body of my lord and you can carry the sword, story teller. For all good stories are about a sword.”

The darkest years of the Dark Ages. Britain in AD 597: a land very different from today. Divided into dozens of warring kingdoms - these are the birth pangs of the nation we know today. Life can be short, violent and brutal.


“I will take care of the body of my lord and you can carry the sword, story teller. For all good stories are about a sword.”

The darkest years of the Dark Ages. Britain in AD 597: a land very different from today. Divided into dozens of warring kingdoms - these are the birth pangs of the nation we know today. Life can be short, violent and brutal.

Cerdic, the nephew of a warrior, dreams of the glories of battle. When war comes for real, his sister is kidnapped, his family betrayed and his uncle's legendary sword stolen.

Cerdic is thrown into the struggles that will determine the future of 6th century Britain.

He must find courage to lead his people in one of the decisive battles of his time - a battle which could have seen the end of the English in the North of Britain.

The Amber Treasure was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion in 2012. It is the first novel in the Northern Crown series set in the darkest years of the Dark Ages.

Editorial Reviews

http://thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_Amber_Treasure_by_Richard_Denning - Jill Murphy
Enjoyable novel set in sixth century Northumbria. Accurate detail and vivid fight scenes together with an engaging central character and his coming-of-age make this an absorbing read for fans of historical fiction.
http://www.threedifferentdirections.com/blog/the-amber-treasure.html - Tammy Litke
From Aedann, a Welsh slave, to Lilla , the one eyed Semlan and others I feel the reader is in for an enjoyable read.
If you are one that likes the Dark ages and deep historical novels then I recommend you read The Amber Treasure which is first in a series
http://www.historyofwar.org/bookpage/denning_amber_treasure.html - John Rickard
'...well written and entertaining novel, which has a sympathetic lead character and a good feel for its very obscure period and for the brutal nature of battle in the shield wall'
http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-amber-treasure/ - Eliza Bryan
There are battles, brutality, broken friendships, and thoughtful relationships. There is courage, tears, and the occasional glimmer of laughter. In other words, this is the reality of Anglo-Saxon England brought to life through the words of well-written fiction.
http://www.lisajyarde.com/p/shelfari-book-reviews-on-your-book-blog.html - Lisa Yarde
young man's initiation into the warrior class of his society sets him on a perilous journey, pitting him against merciless enemies and exposing long-buried family secrets. Set in sixth century Saxon England, the coming of age of the hero Cerdic immerses the reader in a vivid, brutal story of revenge and warfare.

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Richard Denning
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Northern Crown , #1
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18 Years

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Meet the Author

Hi - I am Richard Denning. I was born in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and I live in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. I am currently working as a General Practitioner with a North Birmingham practice. I am 42 and am married with two children (Helen and Matthew)

I said I am a GP - but heh that's the day job and there are other hours in the day so:

Activities and Interests
I am a writer with a strong interest in historical settings as well as horror and fantasy.

Reading - Well I love to. Here are some of my favourite books
Lord of the Rings
Sharpe Series (Bernard Cornwell and his other books)
Eagle Series Simon Scarrow
Disk world books - Terry Pratchett
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman

I am also a keen player of board games and other games and run UK Games Expo (the UK's largest mixed format Games convention). I am a game designer and currently I am developing a Board Game inspired by the Great Fire on London.

My websites
For my writing projects go here: http://www.richarddenning.co.uk
For more on Great Fire: London 1666 (the board game): http://www.medusagames.co.uk
Find out more about UK Games Expo: http://www.UKGamesExpo.co.uk

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Amber Treasure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
I am a Yankie from across the pond and although I loved and read every Arthurian story I could get my hands on, I knew very little about English history (other than what was required reading in school - waves to Shakespeare and Chaucer). I love good non-fiction and historical fiction, so although I was afraid this would be dull as dirt, I am very happy to report - WHAT A GOOD READ! If you are a fan of good historical fiction, you'll love this story.
ScrappyDew More than 1 year ago
Right off, I was impressed with the extensive research done in preparing for this writing in order to remain true to the time period. The story takes you on a journey of the tumultuous travels of a great sword. While this story does indeed feature several great swords, it is the story within, of a boy growing into a man, which grips your heart. The characters of the villa and their allies are well developed and endearing. Descriptions of the countryside, towns, people and battles are detailed enough to transport the reader into battle, and inspire sympathy for the boys, without being overly gruesome. While at times the storyline was slow, Denning succeeds in attaching the reader’s curiosity to the character’s quest and fates in order to carry you through these slow spots. I would recommend this book to those interested in the dark ages, important battles in history, and war stories in general. The ending makes clear that this is not intended to be a stand-alone volume and as such those looking for a new series to read will be satisfied as well. Full disclosure: I have been provided a copy of the book for the purpose of providing a review; however the opinions presented are my own and not influence or dictated by publisher or author. flag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Breena More than 1 year ago
Cerdic was my idea of a warrior. He wasn't made perfect and drool worthy, he was just a boy with dreams of becoming a warrior, as most boys his age, not realizing the horrors of war. Unfortunately for him, his dream comes true all too soon and not only does he have to fight, but he has to step into the leadership role very quickly. What is a boy/young man to do?! He made mistakes, lots of them. Some got people killed, others you just shook your head at, but the point is, it's a normal progression of living and learning. This story does a great job of showing his progress without over-stressing the faults. They happened, it sucks, but it moved on, just like life. And the great thing about the ending of the book?! he still wasn't perfect. He did the best he could, which ended up being better than most. He grew into his leadership role and became the man his people needed him to be. I also think this book did a great job of keeping things real. The Saxons were fighting for their people, land and way of life, but Cerdic also understood the Welsh believed they were fighting for the same reason. Who's right? The secondary characters were great. I loved Cerdics friends and their banter. The Kings, Lords and even the Welsh were fleshed out to perfection making them vital to the story. I can't wait to continue this story.
TWTW More than 1 year ago
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. . 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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when the author kindly gave it away to Nook readers! Right up my alley. A historical fiction of the Angles and Saxons of the Sixth Century of Northumbria and the Battle of Carthacia ,, this book is well researched in a fictional setting. A young man sets out to retrieve his mothers stolen amber treasure and his kidnapped sister , leading to one of the worst battles between the Angles and Saxons we know of in this time in history. The events and battles described by the author actually did happen. There are so very few books out there like this one about our Celtic heritage that I highly, highly recommend The Amber Treasure to all of you out there looking into your ancient Anglo Saxon roots. These brave warriors described are our people, our tribes. Of whom I am very proud. There is a sequel to this book called Loki, which I would like to read next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book but locations were difficult to find in current UK. The book did inspire me to do read more about that time period in history.
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Very intreging read coulnd not put it down
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA