Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Briton and The Dane: Timeline #Drama #BookReview

Book Review by K. Meador

Date: April 24th 2014
Book: The Briton and The Dane: Timeline
Author: Mary Ann Bernal
Genre: Historical Drama

About The Briton and The Dane: Timeline

Dr. Gwyneth Franger is a renowned expert in early medieval England who is set upon learning the truth about the death of Lord Erik, the last descendant of the powerful House of Wareham. Her quest becomes an obsession, a condition that began with the discovery of a portrait of the tall and valiant warrior with which she forms an extraordinary and inexplicable bond.

Digesting troves of mildewed scrolls and source documentation only enhances her belief that Lord Erik was brutally assassinated by a cabal of traitors in the pay of William the Bastard, shortly before the onslaught of the Norman Invasion.

On an archeological dig in Southern England, her team unearths an Anglo-Saxon fortress, a vast citadel built during the reign of Alfred the Great, which she believes was Lord Erik’s stronghold. In the midst of her excitement, she is awakened one night from her slumbers by a disconcerting anomaly emerging from the site.

Dr. Franger finds herself transported back to the Dark Ages and at the side of the noble Lord Erik who commands an army of elite Saxon warriors, a swift and mobile force able to deploy quickly throughout the kingdom to ward off invaders.

Witnessing the unrest firsthand, Gwyneth senses that her instincts had been right all along, and she is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, villains who may well be posing as Lord Erik’s friends and counselors.

Will Gwyneth stop the assassins? Is she strong enough to walk away and watch her beloved Erik die? Or will she intervene, change the course of history and wipe out an entire timeline to save the man she loves with all her heart?

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My Review:

I found The Briton and the Dane: Timeline a fascinating approach to a historical novel. The reader receives a taste of present day mixed in with history. When you think you have it all figured out, Author Mary Ann Bernal throws another twist in the story making you wonder what is really going on. Brilliantly told story that has an unprecedented ending! In her traditional fashion of weaving a tale, Author Mary Ann Bernal does not disappoint.  I enjoyed reading this book very much and I do recommend it to others. 

About the Author

I fell in love with medieval England after I read 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 but a few. Add to the mix Camelot and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!

The Briton and the Dane novels are set in Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue, and complicated relationships during a time of war and conquest. Resource material such as book club discussion items, glossary of terms, period maps and character lists are available for download at

Other Books by Mary Ann Bernal:

The Briton and the Dane
The Briton and the Dane: Birthright
The Briton and the Dane: Legacy
The Briton and the Dane: Concordia
The Briton and the Dane: Timeline
Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1

Visit Mary Ann Bernal's Amazon Page

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  1. I'm delighted you loved the story, K-Trina. Thanks for posting.

  2. The Briton and the Dane is a fabulous series - my favourites are Timeline and Concordia. n x


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