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The Last Shield

(2021)
England: The First Viking Age
(The sixth book in the Ninth Century series)
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Book 6 in the action-packed, bloody and brutal series about Coelwulf, Mercia's forgotten ninth-century king.

Summoned back to Worcester by Bishop Wærferth, Coelwulf discovers that an old enemy has resurfaced on the border with the Welsh, but this time, an enemy demanding help.

Aware he can’t leave Mercia, Coelwulf must split his force, determined that his old enemy is more helpful as his ally.

But beset by an unexpected force of Raiders inside Mercia, Coelwulf and his small band of warriors find themselves trapped by winter storms, as well as Raiders who don’t yet know of Jarl Halfdan’s death and still hunger for Coelwulf’s blood.

Coelwulf faces his most difficult struggle of all as he fights for the future of his beloved Mercian kingdom, his warriors, old and new, at his side.

Praise for The Last King

"A well-written book from start to finish, full of action with lots of strong characters that you soon love. Really, truly loved it. 5 stars from me. Smashed it."

"I feel as though I'm sat astride a horse, sword in hand, screaming like a banshee as I charge."

"Action-packed and hard to put down."

"I really loved this book, great strong central characters that grow on you. Fantastic read, the book had me gripped. Excellent storyline, fast-paced, full of action, bloody action and violence you feel like your standing in the shield walk or charging on a horse with the blood & sweat of man & beast around you as you help battle the impossible odds. The stories main character Coelwulf is a true warrior of royal blood & the only man with the skills & presence to pull the lords of Mercia together. He stands tall with his band of warriors & draws men to him to do battle. A true hero of old." Stacy T Netgalley Reviewer

"To say this book is excellent would be an understatement. it’s a blood and gore fest for any fan of the period." Amazon Reviewer

"The Last King starts with a punchy opening paragraph that instantly draws you into the story. Coelwulf is a fierce and skilful warrior with a formidable band of fighters at his side. Readers are invited to join them in the shield wall and follow them to the last bloody moments of every hectic battle. The Last King is a spirited novel; drenched in gore and positively ringing with the sound of seaxes on shields. This novel suits anyone who prefers a fast-paced tale with plenty of action. If you are a fan of Bernard Cornwell’s Uhtred series then this could help ease the wait till the next instalment." Netgalley Reviewer

"an instant page-turner." Netgalley Reviewer

"The battle scenes were really well written." Netgalley Reviewer

"Coelwulf is a fierce warrior with an honourable battlefield moral code. Coelwulf’s character is one that you soon learn to respect and admire, along with his men. With plenty of gory battle scenes, MJ Porter’s descriptive writing really brings Coelwulf’s battles to life." Netgalley Reviewer

"Fast-paced, deep character development, page-turning action, what more do you need." Netgalley Reviewer

"A tale that moves fairly swiftly, breathless at times, with great battle scenes and just the right amount of humour." Netgalley Reviewer

The Ninth Century Series
The Last King
The Last Warrior
The Last Horse
The Last Enemy
The Last Sword
The Last Shield

MEET THE AUTHOR
I'm an author of historical fiction (Early English/Viking) and fantasy. I write A LOT, you've been warned.

Find me @coloursofunison or at www.mjporterauthor.com or at www.mjporterauthor.blog where I blog about books and films and sometimes, writing!

Genre: Historical

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