Blog Tour: King of Kings by MJ Porter

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Today I’m very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for King of Kings by MJ Porter which was published only yesterday!

Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Pub date: 10 February 2023

In the battle for power, there can be only one ruler.


AD925

Athelstan is the king of the English, uniting the petty kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia, the Danish-held Five Boroughs and York following the sudden death of his father, King Edward.

His vision is to unite the realms of the Scots and the Welsh in a peace accord that will protect their borders from the marauding threat of the Norse Vikings.

Whilst seemingly craving peace and demanding loyalty with an imperium over every kingdom, Athelstan could dream of a much bigger prize.

But danger and betrayal surround his best intentions, namely from his overlooked stepbrother, Edwin, who conspires and vies for what he deems is his rightful place as England’s king.

As ever, powerful men who wish to rule do not wish to be ruled, and Constantin of the Scots, Owain of Strathclyde, and Ealdred of Bamburgh plot their revenge against the upstart English king, using any means necessary.

An epic story of kingsmanship that will set in motion the pivotal, bloody Battle of Brunanburh where allies have to be chosen wisely…

Anyone that has read my blog knows I’m a huge fan of MJ Porter, so I was excited to hear about a new series coming!

This time we head to AD 925 and the story of Athelstan. He is now King of England following the death of his father and half brother. Athelstan has managed to unite the kingdoms of England, bringing York back under his control. He now needs to bring peace amongst his own kingdoms and those of the Welsh and Scots. An aim that may not be as simple as first thought.

The events are told through the viewpoints of the central characters, giving each chapter a different perspective and adding depth to the storyline. The use of different viewpoints ensures the narrative continues with how each character is reacting to news and events.

My favourite characters from this were Athelstan, Edmund, Hywel and Lady Eadgifu. I enjoyed how they interacted together but MJ managed to keep their personalities separate throughout.

One of my favourite things about MJs books is that there is humour as well as the serious events you would expect.
There is not as much blood and gore as in my favourite Coelwulf series, but this is still a brilliant book. One of the events covered (no spoilers) makes you realise the effects of battle, how it impacts those who survive, and those heading into battle for the first time. That part was a tense read, and I could picture it in my mind.

Congratulations, MJ, on the creation of a fabulous new series!

Thank you to MJ, Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.

MJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century
England, and in Viking Age Denmark. They were raised in the shadow of a building that they believed
housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia – so their writing destiny was set. The first novel in
their new Anglo-Saxon series for Boldwood Son of Mercia was published in February 2022. You can find out more about MJ using the social media links below:

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