The Amber Treasure

Historical Fiction in Dark Ages Britain
...all good stories are about a sword.

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“I will take care of the body of my lord and you can carry the sword, story teller. For all good stories are about a sword.”

6th Century Northumbria: Cerdic, the nephew of the great warrior Cynric, grows up dreaming of glory in battle and writing his name in the sagas.

When war comes for real though, his sister is kidnapped, his family betrayed and his uncle's legendary sword stolen.

It falls to Cerdic to avenge his families’ loss, rescue his sister and return home with the sword.

The Amber Treasure is historical fiction set in Dark Age Britain.


Do you like Historical Fiction? Then read The Amber Treasure.

The Amber Treasure: 598 A.D. Betrayal threatens the Kingdom of Northumbria.


Think you know what makes a good story? Listen to me read the prologue and find out what one of my characters thinks.


Feedback and reviews

'...well written and entertaining novel, which has a sympathetic lead character and a good feel for its very obscure period and for the brutal nature of battle in the shield wall'


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What Jill Murphy on the Book Bag says about The Amber Treasure:

'Enjoyable novel set in sixth century Northumbria. Accurate detail and vivid fight scenes together with an engaging central character and his coming-of-age make this an absorbing read for fans of historical fiction...'

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What a Nan Hawthorne says about The Amber Treasure:

'... gripping and satisfying  ...'

' ... enhanced with engrossing descriptions, such as the King's hall, the nature of shield wall battle, the stink and fascination of the city of Eoforwic.'

'All in all, The Amber Treasure is a strong and engaging tale told with skill and eloquence, and is satisfying and yet thought-provoking, by an able storyteller.'

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 "Nan Hawthorne, author of An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England"

….’Bring on the sequels!’ – Dr Robert Watt, University of Birmingham.

Comments from the Audiobook Version:

  1. Chris Says: 
    May 21st, 2010 at 6:11 am

    The narrators voice fits with this story perfectly. The whole story is well paced and developed. I’ve never been terribly interested in the war between the Saxons and the Welsh, but the story was engaging.

  2. Patrick Lewis Says: 
    June 20th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    This book is simply excellent. I’m not sure how accurate the depictions are of dark ages North Umbria, but you wouldn’t know it from the completely believable descriptions in the book. There is little poetry in the writing nor in the telling, but that perfectly fits the story, with it’s dirty people caught in the middle of a most nasty business.

    Can’t say enough in favor here. The whole package feels much like a Nathan Lowell presentation, or at least the Share books, with it’s first person narrator basically telling what happened. You feel like Cerdic is the guy sitting next to you at the bar spilling out this story, and what a story it is. I’ll be camping outside the doors of the Villa waiting for the sequel, which simply begs to be told. Listen and you will find out why.

  3. WaterRabbit Says: 
    August 25th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Richard John Denning, thank you for this story. It has helped renew my interest in this period of human history. I found it to be very entertaining and informative. The first time I listened to a few chapters, while working on my computer and it never really grabbed me. Last week I put it in my mp3 player with good noise-reducing headphones and started it from the beginning. I am glad that I did, your story transported me to those times. That is a wonderful thing! Thanks, Joseph W. aka WaterRabbit, Cape Cod, MA, USA, Earth