Three kings, one throne and a civil war that will rip the country apart....
Focusing on an overlooked period of English history, this historical fiction follows the kings who transformed the kingdom of Mercia in the mid-8th century...
King AEthelbald has ruled the kingdom of Mercia for forty years and is intent in uniting the whole of Britain under one rule. But his power is waning and there is discontent among his council of nobles at the stability of Mercia's future.
A conspirator, Torthred, plots against Beornraed, a popular and loyal servant of King AEthelbald. Though a dangerous figure, Beornraed is plagued by fearful recurring dreams in which a masked killer stalks him. This instability results in him being exiled by the king, but Beornraed knows Torthred is to blame and seeks revenge upon him and his fellow conspirators.
One of the nobles to escape Beornraed's murderous intentions is Offa, cousin to AEthelbald, and the likely heir to the Mercian throne. He takes refuge in the fenlands and gathers a small band of faithful men about him as he prepares to claim the crown by unleashing a weapon of fear; the masked figure Beornraed sees in his darkest, most fearful dreams. The outcome of this war will affect not just Mercia's future, but also that of all of Britain.
A gripping historical novel with a dark edge, Ross Daniel Baker's retelling of this story will draw you into the fear and uncertainty experienced by the people living in those chaotic and unsettling times.
Ross Daniel Baker started writing when he was 18 and is the author of the fantasy novel The Fable of Mythrian. Having completed a Higher Certificate in Archaeology at Leicester University and now pursuing a BA (Hons) in Humanities and Arts, he brings to his writing the influences of his studies.