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The Amber Treasure [Hardcover]

Richard Denning
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29 Mar 2010
Cerdic is the nephew of a great warrior who died the hero of the 6th century Anglo-Saxon country of Deira. Growing up in a quiet village, he dreams of the glories of battle and of one day writing his name into the sagas. He experiences the true horrors of war, however, when his home is attacked, his sister kidnapped, his family betrayed and his uncle's legendary sword stolen. Cerdic is thrown into the struggles that will determine the future of 6th century Britain and must show courageous leadership and overcome treachery, to save his kingdom, rescue his sister and return home with his uncle's sword. The Amber Treasure is historical fiction set in the chaotic, bloody years of the late 6th century. This is the first novel in a series entitled "Northern Crown" which shows, through the eyes of Cerdic, the rise to greatness of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It is a journey that involves treachery, murder, great courage and epic battles.

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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Mercia Books (29 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956483526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956483522
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,158,902 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

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'... 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.' --

'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...' -- Download it as a PDF

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. --

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5.0 out of 5 stars Faction at its Best! 31 Jan 2011
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Dark Age fiction 30 Jan 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Saxon Life 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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4.0 out of 5 stars PUTTUNG THE 'DARK' IN DARK AGES 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A bloody but gripping tale 4 Jun 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read.
It kept me interested and gave a neat twist on a little known period of history. Definitely look out for more from this author.
Published 10 months ago by Richard Tholen
4.0 out of 5 stars A vivid, brutal story of revenge and warfare
In Richard Denning's The Amber Treasure, a young man's initiation into the warrior class of his society sets him on a perilous journey, pitting him against merciless enemies and... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-published bargain on Kindle!!
This is a well written novel written in a gritty and realistic way that transports the reader into post-Roman Britain in the 7th century. A must for any fan of historical fiction. Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by Dor
4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing The Dark Ages to Life!
Historical fiction is a personal favourite genre of mine. Richard Denning has well researched the Dark ages and the reader is instantly transported into the dark ages. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by S.Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to Dark Ages fiction
I read this book several months ago and have been meaning to review it since. This is a very good piece of historical fiction, easily managing to stand shoulder to shoulder with... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Just finished reading this, what a great book this is, exciting from start to finish, and very well researched, being a re-enactor I know what it's like to stand and fight in a... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by Richard Nicholls
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