Shield Breaker

A gripping historical adventure set during the Norman Conquest

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Pub Date 07 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2023
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Styrkar the warrior sails to dangerous lands in this thrilling new historical adventure from Richard Cullen. The sequel to Oath Bound, longlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2022.

England, 1068: a land gripped in the iron fist of Frankish invaders. But the Conqueror does not sit easily on his fledgling throne. Rebellion is rife, and the flames of uprising have been ignited in every corner of the kingdom.

Thrown back into this crucible is Styrkar the Dane, former housecarl of the slain King Harold. Forced to travel to Ireland by his deadliest enemy, he must risk the fates of his brothers-in-arms in order to protect the one thing he loves.

So begins a journey that will take Styrkar to the royal court of Dublin, and the frigid climes of the north of England, for loyalty, love and vengeance. He will be tested, beaten and broken, but can any man keep the Red Wolf chained for long?

Reviews for Richard Cullen:

'Richard Cullen's writing is as sharp as the blade wielded by Styrkar, the series' protagonist, who cuts a bloody swathe through his Norman enemies on his quest for vengeance. Styrkar is a great heroic creation, and the Wolf of Kings series places Cullen in the top tier of historical action and adventure authors' Matthew Harffy
'Fast-paced and enthralling, the tale of Styrkar the Dane, the Red Wolf, [is] a brutal yet compelling tale, and one that gripped me from the first page to the last' Paul Fraser Collard
'A perfect example of tight, gritty, character-driven storytelling' Luke Scull, on Herald of the Storm

Styrkar the warrior sails to dangerous lands in this thrilling new historical adventure from Richard Cullen. The sequel to Oath Bound, longlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2022.


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Thanks to Head of Zeus for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this latest great book from Richard Cullen.

I thought that following on from 'Oath Bound', the first in this series of adventures for Styrka the Red Wolf, was going to be a tough task. However, this new novel is genuinely even better than the first.

The battle/fight scenes are incredible. The reader can feel the fear, the rage, the terror; hear the swing of steel and crunch of bone and smell the blood, sweat and mud of battle. Great stuff.

Styrka's journey this time is really involving. The adventures he has and the situations he finds himself in due to love and loyalty, and the thirst for vengeance are many and varied, and for me there was something Conan-esque about his focus - his need to reunite with Gisela, whatever stood in his way.

Ronan's character arc is similarly interesting, and we're left wondering where he's going to end up. A new man, or a return his old ways?

Gisela drives both Styrka and Ronan's stories, in different but equally interesting ways, and will continue to so I suspect.

The filthy Franks are terrific bad guys, without redemption, and the political/social matters of the time are always interesting, generating motivations amongst the conniving invaders.

So another 5 stars from me, cannot wait for the next one, and can't recommend highly enough.

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