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Brightfire: A Tale of Sutton Hoo

Brightfire: A Tale of Sutton Hoo [Kindle Edition]

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"‘Brightfire’ covers important events during and after the reign of King Raedwald of Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, East Anglia, UK, and is set mainly in and around his homestead nearby, with some scenes set in Northumbria and elsewhere. The story is set in the period 608-633 AD, when Christianity is struggling to take hold on the eastern side of Britain.

In this sequel to ‘Storm Frost’, Niartha remains a key character and so does her son Ricberht, now a goldsmith: though ‘Brightfire’ can stand alone.

Eorpwald, Raedwald’s son, is hostile to Christians, jealous of other, successful young men (including Ricberht) and is a cruel bully in spite of all his father’s efforts to master him during his lifetime. When Raedwald dies no-one can control Eorpwald. Even his own people are in danger.

We see fighting and feasting, rescue and rape, cruelty and kindness, laughter and grief in a story that rises to a strong climax."

About the Author

The author lives in Suffolk, is a Sutton Hoo Society Guide at Sutton Hoo (National Trust) . She lists among her other interests: family, theatre, literature, travel. She has enjoyed amateur drama, teaching English and Drama, swimming with dolphins, and scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef. After studying Old English as part of her degree, she renewed her interest in the Anglo-Saxon period, language and culture, finding inspiration at Sutton Hoo.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (27 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W3AL1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #540,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brightfire by the Author of Storm Frost 29 Sep 2010
By andy
I was eagarly awaiting another book from the Author of Storm Frost and this talented author has not disappointed. Brightfire - A tale of Sutton Hoo - transports us back in time and brings to life this exciting period in history. This book is an easy read and offers plenty of period action and well researched dialogue that will make you want to read it in one sitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to Storm Frost... 22 Sep 2010
A well-paced sequel to Storm Frost, picking up Niartha's story and that of her bastard son Richbert, now learning the craft of a jewelsmith at Rendlesham, the home of King Raedwald.

With rich and vibrant imagery and a thorough grounding in the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon Britain, the author develops and enlivens a cast of believable characters living in times of change, as crowns pass from king to king, and early Christianity establishes itself upon a society whose beliefs are firmly rooted in the rituals and rites of the Gods of Asgard.

Thoroughly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why the burning? 16 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. I had read the prequel and was looking forward to reading about the inevitible clashes between the Old Gods and the Christian one through the acts of priests, priestesses, wisewomen and monks and of course the main leading characters within the story. And for the most part it was a good tale in that sense. However, in my view the burning of one of the main protagonists was taking it a bit too far, especially as she was burnt as a witch. Witch burnings didn't start until the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance periode, the sporadic one in the 12 and 13 hundreds excepted, so nearly 1000 years later. The author could still have found something to have her burnt (it was a trumped up case every way) but to use the sentence "thou shallst not suffer a witch to live" is a bit rich, and practically impossible in that time period. They could have just fired her house, something raiders would and could do in all time periods, or perhaps there would be other reasons to have someone burnt alive as a punishment. I'm sure something could have been found in the books concerned with living in Ango-Saxon times. But not for witchcraft in the sense as it is presented here. Despite that, I still enjoyed the book, although it was a bit sad, and the villain slightly card board in characterisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant read! 6 Sep 2012
By Trish
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After finishing the first novel in record time, I could not wait to start the sequel. Fascinating insight into anglo saxon life. They would make a brilliant film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anglo Saxon Story at its Best 25 Sep 2010
By TexRail
Having read Storm Frost, I could not wait for a sequel and now it has arrived. What makes the book so exciting is that socially it is accurate and the tale of Anglo Saxon rivalry, and intrigue makes you want to read the book in just one sitting. I was worried that it would not have all the action that I usually like in my books, but was completely wrong, it has everything. It is a GREAT read!
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