Book Review: ‘The Warrior with the Pierced Heart’, by Chris Bishop


Published By: Red Door Publishing

Publication Date: 5th July 2018

Format: Paperback

I.S.B.N.: 9781910453599

Price: £8.99


In the second book in the exciting and atmospheric Shadow of the Raven series we rejoin novice monk turned warrior, Matthew as he marches ahead of King Alfred, to Exeter to herald the King’s triumphant return to the city, marking his great victory at Edington.

It should have been a journey of just five or perhaps six days but, as Matthew is to find to his cost, in life the road you’re given to travel is seldom what you wish for and never what you expect.

In this much-anticipated sequel Chris Bishop again deposits the reader slap-bang into the middle of Saxon Britain, where battles rage and life is cheap. An early confrontation leaves Matthew wounded, but found and tended by a woodland-dwelling healer he survives, albeit with the warning that the damage to his heart will eventually take his life.

Matthew faces many challenges as he battles to make his way back to Chippenham to be reunited with King Alfred and also with the woman he wants to make his wife. This is an epic tale of triumph over adversity as we will the warrior with the pierced heart to make it back to those he loves, before it is too late.

My Review
I’d Like to thank Kelly at Love Books Group for organising this blog tour and for sending me an e-book of this novel in return for an honest review.

I enjoyed this novel and read it very quickly. It was easy to read and I enjoyed the characters of Brother Bernard, Aelred and Matthew, and their adventures. It’s more a fantasy of history than realistic historical fiction and there’s some historical inaccuracies I found difficult to deal with, but that’s me rather than the book.

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