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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Mercia Books (28 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095648350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956483508
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,237,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

I am willing to visit your school or Library.I have several presentations designed to be entertaining and thought provoking for children of ages circa 9 and upwards. The talks use props and costume and involve interactive activities by the children. See www.richarddenning.co.uk

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Review '... gripping and satisfying ...' ' ... enhanced with engrossing descriptions, such as the King's hall, the nature of shield wall battle, the stink and fascination of the city of Eoforwic.' 'All in all, The Amber Treasure is a strong and engaging tale told with skill and eloquence, and is satisfying and yet thought-provoking, by an able storyteller.' -- --http://allsheread.blogspot.com/2009/12/ambber-treasure-by-richard-denning.html

'Enjoyable novel set in sixth century Northumbria. Accurate detail and vivid fight scenes together with an engaging central character and his coming-of-age make this an absorbing read for fans of historical fiction...' -- --http://thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_Amber_Treasure_by_Richard_Denning

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. -- --http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=107120265980605&topic=10

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This is Book One of the Northern Crown Series. This edition is the second in paperback and is an updated edited version. Contains extended notes and a map. It also includes a preview chapter from Book Two: Child of Loki. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr RN Watt on 31 Jan 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
As both a historian and wargamer I find the mixture of fact and fiction (faction) a good way of bringing history to life. Faction can be very badly done but in this case Richard Denning has brought alive a key but relatively unknown period in the history of the British Isles where rival British and Germanic kingdoms enter into periodic conflict over territory. He does so on two levels; one gets a good idea of the politics of the situation in general and how particularly this affects the main characters involved in the story. One gets a vivid recreation of Saxon/British life and the adrenaline rush of the danger involved in living on the borderlands between hostile warlords.

I read this book in one sitting as it kept my interest engaged throughout and left me wondering what is going to happen next. There is the odd 'typo' but this did not detract from the enjoyment of the book. Very much in the tradition (if not quite as ruthless in the telling) of George Shipway.

RN Watt
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. J. C. Rickard on 30 Jan 2011
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An entertaining novel set in one of the darkest parts of the Dark Ages, when the Angles and the Britons were still fighting for control of the north of England while all around them the remains of Roman civilisation crumbled away. Has a nice feel for its brutal period and the nature of the shield wall as well as a sympathetic lead character and an interesting plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Moxey on 26 Jan 2014
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With a believable protagonist, some superb battle scenes, and a firm grasp of history, Richard Denning has produced an entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M I Denning on 12 Jan 2014
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This book has been well researched. It gives insight into Saxon life, their battles their quarrels and many facts about how they managed to survive.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Mitchell on 26 Jan 2011
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Written by a practising GP and gamer - organiser of UK Games Expo no less - this novel of the Dark Ages is self-published and yet (the occasional poof-reading error aside), is professionally presented. Good on Dr Denning! But then as a self-publisher myself I would say that, wouldn't I? Yet the tech is there so let's use it. No one self-publishes for the money. In fact - with the rise of the e-book and PDF - no one publishes for profit, period. Which reminds me, I must get my Dark Age epic back on track...

But I digress. The questions we must ask of any historical fiction are always, `is it any good?' `Is it a ripping yarn?' `Is it historically accurate?' Yes, yes, and possibly.

It's north Britain 597. A nascent Kingdom of Northumbria faces adversity in the face of the native Welsh kingdoms clustered around it; Deria and Bernicia must unite to survive. The climax comes at the Battle Of Catterick, as the hero Cerdic seeks to save his sister, a prisoner of an evil Welsh warlord (ala John Ford's movie The Searchers - and we all know what the unspeakable Welsh due to their prisoners, don't we boys and girls?) It's a well-written atmospheric yarn pretty much how most of us imagine the Dark Ages were, so you'll find yourself entertained, but not your period assumptions challenged. The Welsh have dark hair, the Saxons blonde. Spears and swords and shieldwalls are to the fore. That kind of thing. The Amber Treasure of the title? That I'll let you find out as you read...

As for style, it's a page turner, easy to read and - unlike many novels of the period - free from a magical element. Swords feature sure, as they did in the sagas of the time, but they don't dominate in cliché.
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A well told tale that is reminiscent of Tolkien. Enjoy the descriptions of life in Northumbria two hundred years after the Romans left then be pulled into the ravages of war.
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By Raymond on 18 April 2014
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A very good book a most read don't take my word for it read it your self wot you waiting for
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