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The Saxon Wolves by Penny Ingham - Book Tour


The Saxon Wolves


Britain 455AD. The Roman Empire has fallen. As the daughter of a king and a priestess of the sacred grove, Anya's life in Germania is one of wealth and privilege - until she dares to speak out against the high priest's barbaric human sacrifices. Her punishment is exile. Forced to leave her homeland, she sails to Britannia, to an island that is sliding into chaos and war, as rival kingdoms vie for power. Alone and far from home, Anya must learn to survive amidst the bloodshed, treachery and intrigue of fifth century Britain. Can she find a place to belong - a home, a hearth, a welcome?



Excerpt


The prologue of The Saxon Wolves, by Penny Ingham

Britannia 455AD

The gusting wind was stronger at the cliff-edge. It tugged their cloaks about them, the driving rain lashing against their faces. Through the gloom of the starless sky, the fire beacon atop Tintagel’s fortified walls cast blotches of light across the coal-black sea.
They watched as the ship hit the rocks, creaking and moaning as if in physical pain. Wood shattered like breaking glass. And then, above the roar of the waves, they heard the screams, faint like the ghostly cries of the lost souls who wandered the earth on Samhain Eve. They climbed slowly down the cliff path, their boots slipping on the mud that cascaded in torrents down the track. There was no need for haste for it was unlikely anyone could survive such a storm.
Reaching the base of the cliff they began to spread out across the beach, and their torches, bobbing like fishing boats upon the blackness, hissed and crackled in the rain. Waves crashed on the shore line, throwing spray high into the air as the drowned bodies of raiders and captured slaves alike washed steadily upon the beach. They moved carefully along the wet sand, surf swirling around them as they crouched by each body, searching for signs of life. Suddenly one of the men called through the driving rain.
‘Silvanus, over here! This one’s alive!’
Further down the shore a man broke into a run, his cloak flapping behind him in the wind. He was tall and broad shouldered, his physique honed by the leanness of youth. Rain plastered his short, dark hair to his face and dripped steadily into intense, hazelnut-brown eyes.
Reaching the crouching man’s side, Silvanus wiped the rain from his face then looked down at the motionless heap of rags lying upon the sand.
‘Are you certain she’s alive?’
Evric pressed two fingers to the girl’s throat.
‘Yes, Lord, but barely. She is the only one saved.’
Silvanus bent down and gently pushed the long, matted hair from the girl’s face. Her complexion was as white as salt bleached driftwood apart from the faint smudge of freckles across the bridge of her nose. Her lips were slightly parted, as if she was about to talk in her sleep. She reminded him of a sea creature, a mermaid or perhaps a siren, with seaweed and the remnants of her tattered clothing coiled around her bare arms and legs.
As he looked at her features, Silvanus felt his breath catch in his throat. There was something strangely familiar about her, as if he had seen her before. And yet how could that be possible, for hers was the face of a stranger?
He stood up slowly, deep in thought, before finally speaking.
‘See what can be done for her.’

 

Author Bio
Penny’s father, a journalist, instilled her with a love of history from an early age. Family holidays invariably included an invigorating walk up an Iron Age hill-fort whilst listening to his stirring stories of the Roman attack and the valiant defence by the Britons. Consequently, Penny has a degree in Classics and a passion for history and archaeology. She has enjoyed a varied career, including BBC production assistant, theatre PR and journalism, but her ambition was always to write historical fiction. Her first novel, The King’s Daughter, was awarded Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. Penny has worked on many archaeological excavations, and these ‘digs’ and their evocative finds often provide the inspiration for her books. Penny’s research also takes her to the many spectacular historical sites featured in this novel, including Hadrian’s Wall and Tintagel.”

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