The Cross and the Curse by Matthew Harffy


One of the perks of having a growing reputation, a well deserved one for this humble scribbler of book reviews, is obtaining advanced copies of an author’s upcoming release.  Such was the case here as the author sent me a copy of The Cross and the Curse, the follow up to his excellent debut, The Serpent Sword.  Beobrand is now a renowned warrior in the retinue of King Oswald, is married to a beautiful and loving woman; things are looking up…for a while at least.  Mr. Harffy has avoided any semblance of a sequel jinx by putting together an intriguing account of what it could have been like when the Cross met the old gods in post Roman Britain.  Beobrand, while not a follower of Christ, is oath sworn to a very Christian king while at the same time he has to deal with a witch who has a surprising link to Beobrand and utters a terrible curse upon him.  An entertaining story ensues, one with great story-lines and and plenty of Dark Ages treachery and heroics. Add in a bit of inner turmoil and a dash of wavering sanity and you have a page turning tale that leaves you yearning for book three. 5 stars

4 thoughts on “The Cross and the Curse by Matthew Harffy

  1. margaretskea Author of prize winning historical novel Turn of the Tide January 20, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Just found this site and how can I not like it when you use the category BRITISH historical fiction, rather than English. When I wanted to join the English historical Fiction Authors FB group (a great group of very supportive folk by the way) I had to ask first if they allowed folk writing about Scotland in? Anyway, looking forward to browsing your reviews – the ‘carrots’ to keep me working earlier in the day. – Enough work done = read a review.

    • tigers68 January 20, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks for the comment…I’m continually amazed at the attention I get for writing reviews…should spend more time on my own work 🙂

  2. Derek Birks January 22, 2016 / 10:28 am

    Looking forward to reading this one, Paul.

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