Action-packed thriller launches series

The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy
The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy

Northumberland is both the setting and the inspiration for a historical-fiction novel, which was published last week in hardback.

The Serpent Sword is described as a gripping, action-packed, historical thriller set in Anglo-Saxon Britain and the first in the Bernicia Chronicles series, from exciting new historical-fiction author Matthew Harffy.

Matthew, who now lives in Wiltshire, grew up in Northumberland where ‘the rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline had a huge impact on him’.

The year is AD 633, Beobrand is compelled by his brother’s almost-certain murder to embark on a quest for revenge in the war-ravaged kingdoms of Northumbria.

The land is rife with danger, as warlords vie for supremacy and dominion. In the battles for control of the region, new oaths are made and broken and loyalties are tested to the limits.

As he closes in on his kin’s slayer, can Beobrand mete out the vengeance he craves without sacrificing his honour or even his soul?

The hardback edition of The Serpent Sword is published by Aria, priced at £18.99. ISBN 9781786692405.

The first four books and a fifth related tale in the Bernicia Chronicles series are already available in e-book format. Visit