Son of Mercia - M.J. Porter

 *This book was reviewed as part of a blog tour hosted by Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources. All thoughts are my own*

Genre: Historical Fiction | Anglo-Saxon 

Pages: 330

Rating: ☆☆☆/5

Synopsis: Tamworth, Mercia AD825.

The once-mighty kingdom of Mercia is in perilous danger.

Their King, Beornwulf lies dead and years of bitter in-fighting between the nobles, and cross border wars have left Mercia exposed to her enemies.

King Ecgberht of Wessex senses now is the time for his warriors to strike and exact his long-awaited bloody revenge on Mercia.

King Wiglaf, has claimed his right to rule Mercia, but can he unite a disparate Kingdom against the might of Wessex who are braying for blood and land?

Can King Wiglaf keep the dragons at bay or is Mercia doomed to disappear beneath the wings of the Wessex wyvern?

Can anyone save Mercia from destruction?

My Thoughts: I would firstly like to thank Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a space on this blog tour. This historical fiction book is like nothing I've read recently. It is set WAAAY earlier than any book I've ever read (825 CE) which in itself brings so much excitement when reading it as it was so different to every other historical fiction I've read.

Once I got in to the book, which I will admit did take a bit of time, it was a really immersive read. Despite it being a world so different to the world we live in today, I was able to really clearly visualise everything that was happening throughout the book, which I found amazing. M.J. Porter writes this so well in order for the imagery in my mind to be so vivid.

The only real downside is that it did take me a little longer than usual to get into this book. I'm not sure whether it was due to it being such a different experience with it being an Anglo-Saxon based book, or something else - I can't really put my finger on it. There are some books that naturally take me a bit longer to get in to, so maybe it was that.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a world I was able to imagine so well due to the fantastic writing by M.J. Porter and I look forward to seeing about any new releases in the future!



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