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Ealdorman By M J Porter
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Ealdorman – The Earls of Mercia Series England: The Second Viking Age Five ealdormen bestride King Aethelred II’s Witan offering wise counsel whilst serving their King as his... More > representative in the old Saxon Kingdoms, united now for nearly fifty years. Leofwine, newly created ealdorman of the Hwicce is chosen to represent his King on a vitally important diplomatic mission, but when tragedy befalls him he must fight for his survival and hold his own amongst men who call him friend but see him as a threat. Leofwine: wily diplomat or pandered invalid? As the Viking raiders grow ever more determined to take what is not theirs, forming alliances with the Norman Dukes and the Irish Kings, can Leofwine navigate the twisted paths of loyalty and self-interest to enable his King to fight for glory and self-respect?< Less
Northman Part 1 (The Earls of Mercia Book 3) By M J Porter
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Northman, eldest son of Ealdorman Leofwine, fostered, at the King’s insistence, by Eadric of Mercia, finds himself caught between loyalty to his father and his foster father. Fighting for his... More > own sense of self, whilst Viking raiders vie for the English King’s land, he must chose his own path, and hold true to his own belief’s amongst murky Court politics and bitter pitched battles. Leofwine, Ealdorman of the Hwicce, must accept his King’s wishes with regards to his eldest son, even though he finds them abhorrent. Simultaneously he must continue to act in the best interests of his King as the English people face their direst threat yet, the raiding of Thorkell the Tall, the King of Denmark’s own Commander, trusted friend and foster-father of his son, Cnut. And when events become even more dire, will father and son act as one, or will they be torn apart by the machinations of the man who plots to undermine every action the King takes, Ealdorman Eadric?< Less
Ealdormen (The Earls of Mercia Book 2) By M J Porter
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Leofwine, Ealdorman of the Hwicce, has proved himself in battle and won the support of his King, Aethelred II, but the spectre of Swein of Denmark, the man who partially blinded him five years... More > before, has suddenly become a harrowing reality. As the Viking raids intensify, conflict at the King's Witan and amongst his Councillors grows and Leofwine finds himself still treading a difficult path between loyalty and the twisted self-interests of the men the King surrounds himself with. Can Leofwine weather more storms and grow his own power base, or will his King, once and for all, lose patience with his broken Ealdorman?< Less
Silver (The Dragon of Unison Book 6) By M J Porter
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Book 6 in the Dragon of Unison Series, following on from Purple, Blue, Green, Red and Black ..... ‘A time will come when the mountains will move and the ground will tremor, when the heavens... More > will fall upon our land and beasts with wings will erupt from the mountains and call us friends.’ ‘A time will come when one person will be given the power of our land, the power to heal and grow and melt and make new.’ ‘A time will come when day will always be night, and night always day and the black clouds of the past will obscure those of the future and all will be bereft, and lonely and hungry.’ ‘A time will come when a great booming will fill the air and in its passing, all will be changed and the land will be ripped asunder and will bleed.’ ‘A time will come when this will not be our home.’ ‘A time will come when everything will be as it should be.’ ‘A time will come when life will be death, and death will be life, and the blackness of flames will mar the land< Less
Red (Dragon of Unison Book 4) By M J Porter
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Sereh; rescued on the cusp of death. Erann; angry to the point of incoherency. Emma; confused about her own place in history. The Librarian; tormented by his past. Greeneyes; with his loyalties... More > split. Rankil; fighting for his survival. Ramon; determined to clear his name. As the land rocks beneath their feet and Gemini draws ever closer, events on Unison continue to spiral out of control.< Less
Northman Part 2 (The Earls of Mercia Book 4) By M J Porter
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Northman, eldest son of Ealdorman Leofwine, husband, father and brother almost snatched a moment of peace when King Swein of Denmark helped himself to the English throne, and Aethelred removed... More > himself to the Court of Duke Richard II of Normandy, his brother by marriage. But when Swein unexpectedly dies weeks after his coronation, England is once more plunged into strife and war, for who will succeed to the throne now? Leofwine, ex-enemy and sometime friend of Swein of Denmark, is given an unenviable task on the short-lived King’s deathbed, one he will struggle to accomplish without compromising himself, his family, and oaths already given.< Less
The Earls of Mercia Books 3 and 4 By M J Porter
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Books 3 and 4 in one edition Northman, eldest son of Ealdorman Leofwine, fostered, at the King’s insistence, by Eadric of Mercia, finds himself caught between loyalty to his father and his... More > foster father. Fighting for his own sense of self, whilst Viking raiders vie for the English King’s land, he must chose his own path, and hold true to his own belief’s amongst murky Court politics, bitter pitched battles and treasonous plotting. Leofwine, Ealdorman of the Hwicce, must accept his King’s wishes with regards to his eldest son, even though he finds them abhorrent. Simultaneously he must continue to act in the best interests of his King as the English people face their direst threat yet, the raiding of Thorkell the Tall, the King of Denmark’s own Commander, trusted friend and foster-father of his son, Cnut. And when events become even more dire, will father and son act as one, or will they be torn apart by the machinations of the man who plots to undermine every action the King takes, Ealdorman Eadric?< Less
The Earls of Mercia Books 1 and 2 By M J Porter
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Ealdorman – The Earls of Mercia Series Book 1 Leofwine, newly created ealdorman of the Hwicce is chosen to represent his King on a vitally important diplomatic mission, but when tragedy befalls... More > him he must fight for his survival and hold his own amongst men who call him friend but see him as a threat. Leofwine: wily diplomat or pandered invalid? As the Viking raiders grow ever more determined to take what is not theirs, forming alliances with the Norman Dukes and the Irish Kings, can Leofwine navigate the twisted paths of loyalty and self-interest to enable his King to fight for glory and self-respect? Ealdormen – The Earls of Mercia Book 2 As the Viking raids intensify, conflict at the King's Witan and amongst his Councillors grows and Leofwine finds himself still treading a difficult path between loyalty and the twisted self-interests of the men the King surrounds himself with.< Less
Of Kings and Half Kings By M J Porter
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Edmund of the English, the aged Constantin of Scotland, Anlaf Sihtriccson of York, Idwal of Gwynedd, Hywel of the South Welsh. The year is 942 and the treaty of Eamont in 927 and the recent battle of... More > Brunanburh in 937 have inflicted an uneasy calm on the lands of the British Isles. The fledgling England, Scotland, Strathclyde, the warring Welsh kingdoms and the Viking stronghold of Dublin are held firmly apart. Or are they? Hinged on the power and resourcefulness of one man, Athelstan, first King of the English, his untimely death in late 939 has thrust his young half-brother onto the throne and the acquisitive eyes of Olaf Gothfrithson of Dublin, his close ally Anlaf Sihtricsson, Constantin of Scotland and Idwal of Gwynedd have turned once more to England’s land and her people. Can Edmund hold England firm against the over-mighty men? Or will the greatest English victory at Brunanburh amount to nothing and fade into obscurity, to be forgotten by all?< Less
Green (The Dragon of Unison Book 3) By M J Porter
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Green Erann is home and Sereh is cured from her strange illness but their joy is short lived as unexpectedly meeting on Vatna Jokull, the Librarian and Emma break the terms of the long ago... More > ‘Agreement’ thrusting Emma into her past, and the Librarian into a strange, trancelike state. Erann and Sereh must use the clues left by the Librarian and discovered by Greeneyes to return them to their former selves. But, when the answer seems to involve Rankil, will either of them be able to out aside their hatred of the man for the good of people they little like and who, the more they uncover about the past, the greater their involvement in the present becomes clear? The time is now< Less