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The Lost Tales of Mercia [NOOK Book]

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In the years near 1000 A.D., the Vikings and their king, Sweyn Forkbeard, constantly attack Engla-lond. A weak king, Ethelred II, rules the Anglo-Saxons. He tries to pay off each Viking attack with a steep tax called the “Danegald,” but again and again the pagans return. A masked vigilante called the Golden Cross tries to aid the people of Engla-lond and rally them to warfare, but this rebel is constantly way-laid by the king’s most trusted advisor, Eadric Streona. Eadric Streona, Ealdorman of Mercia, is a ...

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The Lost Tales of Mercia

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Overview

In the years near 1000 A.D., the Vikings and their king, Sweyn Forkbeard, constantly attack Engla-lond. A weak king, Ethelred II, rules the Anglo-Saxons. He tries to pay off each Viking attack with a steep tax called the “Danegald,” but again and again the pagans return. A masked vigilante called the Golden Cross tries to aid the people of Engla-lond and rally them to warfare, but this rebel is constantly way-laid by the king’s most trusted advisor, Eadric Streona. Eadric Streona, Ealdorman of Mercia, is a charming master of the king’s court who always manages to get what he wants; but what he wants remains a mystery to all.

Ten short stories explore this setting through the eyes of ten different characters: from a blushing maid and bold mother to a daring soldier, an unready king, and many others. Some characters are fictional, but most are real figures of history. Altogether, the Lost Tales introduce the people who will fight, love, and betray each other until the rightful king claims the throne of Engla-lond in the complementary novel, "Eadric the Grasper."

While interconnected by the novel and each other, each story stands independently as a snapshot into this ancient world. This is a collection of all ten tales, previously released as individual ebooks.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011251962
  • Publisher: Jayden Woods
  • Publication date: 3/25/2011
  • Series: Lost Tales of Mercia , #11
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 82,025
  • File size: 306 KB

Meet the Author

Jayden Woods is the author's pen name. Jayden is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Writing for Screen and Television program. She lived and worked in Los Angeles for five years before leaving Hollywood to pursue her passion of writing prose and novels. Her published works include the various Tales of Mercia and the related "Sons of Mercia" trilogy, beginning with "Eadric the Grasper."
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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Talk About Diverse!!

    This is a collection of short stories, which you can download separately for free as well. Which I did and it looks great on my NookColor haha

    Each story is about a different person all taking place during the years of an ongoing war. Royalty, Vikings, peasants, children- These stories cover all kinds of people and they are ALL interesting to read about, especially because they eventually tie in together. I want MORE!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Amazing Book 6 was my favorite

    If you enjoy historical fiction then this the series for you. These tales are wonderfully written and the characters are so vivid i feel as if i am watching a movie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    A tantalizing intro to an awesome series!

    The tales seem unconnected at first, and at the end of each I felt frustration at being left hanging. I began each new tale confused about where these new characters fit into the last tale, and read on, hoping for more about the last tale. By the end of the book, I saw a few connections between the tales and desperately wanted more! I was satisfied with more in Eadric the Grasper and Godric the Kingslayer - both wonderful full stories stemming from the tales and beginning the work of connecting the tales. I highly recommend the these tales, as well as the Sons of Mercia series that ties them together!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2011

    Not Complete

    This book is only a sample of the book, not the complete version.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    great book

    i loved this it wass awsome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Not complete

    The stories should have been complete. All you get are cliffhangers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Interesting and gripping

    Love the short stories. I find that when I finish one I quickly go to the next. The stories are short enough to read easily but keep the interest up. Can't wait to Eadric the Grasper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Hghfhhfhffh

    Gghchchd

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Gripping, Intricate narrative - a great read!

    These interwoven tales are quite enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. Although fictionalized, these true to history events come alive in all their glory. The political implications of dry historical facts brings Mercia to life. So good that I had to buy another in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Well written and interesting

    I highly recommend this book (and the follow-up Eric the Grasper) as "required reading" for dark ages reading buffs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    The Tales are related ¿ but just only

    These ten "Lost Tales" were interestingly written, though their very disjointed nature only loosely left me wanting something to tie them up with a ribbon. I haven't yet read the book these "Lost Tales" are supposed to introduce, and I have every hope that it succeeds where these rambling stories leave me dissatisfied.
    JiRoKi

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Awsome

    It was extriemely good. It was just the 10 'lost' tales which are free but sill enjoyable. One quesiion is r these the real full tales? They seem too short to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2011

    A good read. I enjoyed it.

    It was a very good read, if somewhat disjointed because it was just the '10 lost tales' put together in a book. Still.. I enjoyed it

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    All in one!!

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