Brightfire covers important events during and after the reign of King Raedwald of Sutton Hoo and is set mainly in and around his homestead, with some scenes set in Northumbria and elsewhere. The story is set in the period AD 608 to 633, when Christianity is struggling to take hold on the eastern side of Britain. In this sequel to Storm Frost, Niartha remains a key character and so does her son Ricbetht, now a goldsmith, through Brightfire can stand alone. Eorpwald, Raewald’s son, is hostile to Christians, jealous of other successful young men (including Ricberht), and is a cruel bully in spite of all his father’s efforts to master him during his lifetime. When Raewald dies, no one can control Eorpwald. Even his own people are in danger. We see fighting and feasting, rescue and rape, cruelty and kindness, laughter and grief in a story that rises to a strong climax.
This is a very well written book and help my attention throughout the entire book. Once I started reading I could not put it down. I love this type of story. The fighting, violence and the plot was so intriguing that I had to go back and reread Stormfrost. If you like the olden days where there wasn’t any laws then you will love this series. Can’t wait for the next in this series.
There exists an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, where we hear of an outcast wife, a husband, his messenger, a lover and a baby. Merge these tales with what we know of the royal family buried at Sutton Hoo in East Anglia, including Raedwald and his brother, Eni, living at the end of the 6th century AD.
Along the way, discover life in a royal hall or a hovel; cure wounds or inflict them; share a feast or scrape a meal; work fertility charms or protect your folk fromis a tale of love and betrayal, courage and fear. Niartha, the fictional heroine, outcast from her people, encounters hardship, abuse and loss as she seeks her exiled lover; her survival depends on her practical skills, unexpected in a king’s daughter.
In their desires and social lives, Anglo-Saxons, although separated from us by fourteen hundred years, are not so very alien, after all.
They believe in the old gods, like Woden, and have not yet encountered Christianity. Their culture is vibrant, exciting, terrifying in its cruelty, and uninhibited in its morality. Travel from the East Anglian fenlands, over northern moors to the remote Northumbrian river where the story reaches its climax.
The author lives in Suffolk, is a Sutton Hoo Society Guide at Sutton Hoo (National Trust) . She lists among her other interests: family, theatre, literature, travel. She has enjoyed amateur drama, teaching English and Drama, swimming with dolphins, and scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef. After studying Old English as part of her degree, she renewed her interest in the Anglo-Saxon period, language and culture, finding inspiration at Sutton Hoo.