Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
Mary Ann Bernal
Historical fiction author, Mary Ann Bernal, fell in love with medieval England after reading Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name a few. Add to the mix Camelot, and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Ann Bernal, author of The Briton and the Dane novels and the Scribbler Tales series, is an avid history buff, focusing on the Dark Ages. She is also a passionate supporter of the U.S. military, having been involved with letter writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm.
All of Mary Ann’s novels and short story collections are dedicated to fallen military heroes who gave their lives defending our freedom. A prolific writer originally hailing from New York, Mary Ann now resides in Omaha and has traveled for pleasure and research to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Greece.
Whispered by the wise and the learned. Talked of in hushed tones round luminous firesides. Engraved by awestruck scribes in the scriptoria of the Chronicles. Against all the odds, great King Alfred defeated a vastly superior Danish army outside Chippenham. This victory, the sages prophesied, would guarantee peace throughout the land. Or so they thought. Two years later, Rigr the Bastard, vengeful and seeking to claim his birthright, was defeated in the wilds of East Anglia. His blood smeared berserker warriors vanquished; no quarter asked for - no quarter given. Now, a further two years later, the Vikings return. Noble Prince Sven instigates a seaborne invasion, fuelled partly by blind rage when he discovers that his brother, Prince Erik, has sworn fealty to the Anglo-Saxon king. His own brother: A traitor and a fool. Erik's love, Lady Gwyneth, attempts to stop the invasion before it starts by uniting the two estranged brothers, but her scheming only succeeds in making matters worse. Indeed, her interference guarantees the death of thousands of warriors in the freezing, tumultuous North Sea. So when the horns of Sven's monumental fleet of warships are heard off the fogbound coast of Britannia, King Alfred - outnumbered, outshipped and weary of the fray - must rouse his jaded Saxon warriors and lead them to sea, to repel his most formidable enemy yet. For a host motivated by the spilled blood of the fallen, the spirit of black vengeance, and the delights of a warrior's reward in Valhalla, is the most fearsome opponent of all. Alfred. Sven. Erik. Gwyneth. Amidst the ferrous reverberation of a battle royale - one or all must die, and the fate of a nation hangs in the balance, one final time
So glad the third book is out. After reading this book of the Briton and Dane series, I started rereading the first and second book. I did that in order to review all the complex action and the many characters that make up this informative history of the reign of Alfred the Great. Author Mary Ann Bernal brings out so much of the times and characters of the times it bears a second reading. Of the three books I liked t his one best. (But of course by the time I got to this book I knew most of the characters well.) Good Read.
The story was complex but fun. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. The characters were likeable, and real. There was lots of action in the tale. What an enjoyable read!