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Dark Frontier: a thrilling historical adventure set in the American West
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A thrilling historical western set in 1890s Oregon, from the author of the critically acclaimed Bernicia Chronicles. An English soldier turned policeman escapes to the American West for a new future, but life on the frontier proves far harder than he ever imagined…

A man can flee from everything but his own nature.

1890. Lieutenant Gabriel Stokes of the British Army left behind the horrors of war in Afghanistan for a role in the Metropolitan Police. Though he rose quickly through the ranks, the squalid violence of London’s East End proved just as dark and oppressive as the battlefield.

With his life falling apart, and longing for peace and meaning, Gabriel leaves the grime of London behind and heads for the wilderness and wide open spaces of the American West.

He soon realises that the wilds of Oregon are far from the idyll he has yearned for. The Blue Mountains may be beautiful, but with the frontier a complex patchwork of feuds and felonies, and ranchers as vicious as any back alley cut-throat in London, Gabriel finds himself unable to escape his past and the demons that drive him. Can he find a place for himself on the far edge of the New World?

‘Harffy breathes new life into the Western genre with all the sureness of a maestro. Dark Frontier is set to become an instant classic.’ Richard Cullen
‘What a terrific read this is! Well-written and well-paced… in this book, [Harffy] excels himself.’ Griff Hosker

The Serpent Sword: The Bernicia Chronicles

The Serpent Sword: The Bernicia Chronicles
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AD 633

Beobrand is a young man with a shadowy past. As an outsider in the kingdom of Bernicia, he is compelled to join his brother, Octa, as a warrior in the household of King Edwin. He must learn to fight with sword and shield to defend the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria.

In a period of great upheaval for Dark Age Britain, all he finds is death and war. Men and women strive to seize control of their destinies in a time of despair, and the land is rife with danger as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. Amongst the blood and the betrayals, Beobrand learns of his brother’s near-certain murder. Inexperienced but ruthless, Beobrand must form his own allegiances and learn to fight as a warrior with sword and shield.

Driven by a desire for vengeance and a relentless pursuit of his enemies, he faces challenges which transform him from a boy to a man who stands strong in the clamour and gore of the shieldwall. As he closes in on his kin’s slayer, can Beobrand mete out the retribution he craves without sacrificing his honour… or even his soul?

short novella in the same universe : Kin of Cain

Praise for Matthew Harffy:
‘Nothing less than superb… The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page’ Historical Novel Society

‘Beobrand is the warrior to follow’ David Gilman

‘A tale that rings like sword song in the reader’s mind’ Giles Kristian

‘A brilliant characterization of a difficult hero in a dangerous time. Excellent!’ Christian Cameron

‘A terrific novel. It illuminates the Dark Ages like a bolt of lightning’ Toby Clements

‘Battles, treachery, revenge and a healthy dose of Dark Age adventure’ Simon Turney

Wolf of Wessex

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AD 838. Deep in the forests of Wessex, Dunston’s solitary existence is shattered when he stumbles on a mutilated corpse.

Accused of the murder, Dunston must clear his name and keep the dead man’s daughter alive in the face of savage pursuers desperate to prevent a terrible secret from being revealed. Rushing through Wessex, Dunston will need to use all the skills of survival garnered from a lifetime in the wilderness.

And if he has any hope of victory against the implacable enemies on their trail, he must confront his past – becoming the man he once was and embracing traits he had promised he would never return to. The Wolf of Wessex must hunt again; honour and duty demand it.

A Time for Swords

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When the Vikings attack, a novice monk’s life is changed forever in Matthew Harffy’s new historical adventure.

Lindisfarne, AD793. There had been portents – famine, whirlwinds, lightning from clear skies, serpents seen flying through the air. But when the raiders came, no one was prepared.

They came from the North, their dragon-prowed longships gliding out of the dawn mist as they descended on the kingdom’s most sacred site.

It is 8th June AD 793, and with the pillage of the monastery on Lindisfarne, the Viking Age has begun.

While his fellow monks flee before the Norse onslaught, one young novice stands his ground. He has been taught to turn the other cheek, but faced with the slaughter of his brothers and the pagan desecration of his church, forgiveness is impossible.
Hunlaf soon learns that there is a time for faith and prayer… and there is a time for swords.

Praise for Matthew Harffy:

‘Harffy is a master of the Dark Age thriller… A Time for Swords is a bold opening to yet another enthralling series. It promises to be one heck of a ride’ Theodore Brun, author of A Mighty Dawn

Terrific white-knuckle action, absolutely gripping storytelling… Can’t wait for the next one. Highly recommended!’ Angus Donald author of Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold

‘The gripping novel evokes the turbulence and violence of the first onslaught of the Vikings. I couldn’t put it down!’ Christian Cameron author of Hawkwood’s Sword

‘Nothing less than superb… The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page’ Historical Novel Society