The Amber Treasure

The Amber Treasure

by Richard Denning


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Cerdic is the nephew of a great warrior who died the hero of the 6th century Anglo-Saxon country of Deira. Growing up in a quiet village, he dreams of the glories of battle and of one day writing his name into the sagas. He experiences the true horrors of war, however, when his home is attacked, his sister 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 and must show courageous leadership and overcome treachery, to save his kingdom, rescue his sister and return home with his uncle's sword. The Amber Treasure is historical fiction set in the chaotic, bloody years of the late 6th century. This is the first novel in a series entitled "Northern Crown" which shows, through the eyes of Cerdic, the rise to greatness of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It is a journey that involves treachery, murder, great courage and epic battles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780956810311
Publisher: Mercia Books
Publication date: 03/23/2011
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

I was born in Ilkeston in Derbyshire, UK and live in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. I work as a General Practitioner with a North Birmingham practice. I am married with two children.

I am a Young adult Sci-fi, historical fiction and fantasy writer. I also write book and board game reviews and online articles on historical and gaming related topics. I own my own small publishing house, Mercia Books, and I am part of a board game design house Medusa Games.

A keen player of board games and other games I am one of the directors of UK Games Expo (the UK's largest hobby games convention). I am a board game designer and my first Board Game 'The Great Fire on London 1666' was published by Medusa Games and Prime Games in October 2010.

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Amber Treasure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 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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tanzanite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice coming of age story set in 6th century Britain that focuses on a group of young men who yearn for war only to find that it¿s not as glorious as they thought it would be. Touching on love, friendship, betrayal and courage, it could easily be for a young adult. I enjoyed the story and cared about what was going to happen next but it was rather lacking in historical details.
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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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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