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Five strangers. Five secrets. No refuge. No turning back.

In the aftermath of 1066, a Norman army marches through the North of England: burning, killing and laying waste to everything in its path. The Harrowing has begun. As towns and villages fall to the invaders, five travellers fleeing the slaughter are forced to band together for survival. Refugees in their own country, they journey through the wasteland, hoping to find sanctuary with the last stand of the Saxon rebellion. But are they fleeing the Normans or their own troubles?

Priest, Lady, Servant, Warrior, Minstrel: each has their own story; each their own sin. As enemies past and present close in, their prior deeds catch up with them and they discover there is no sanctuary from fate.

Reviews

Action packed, set in a fascinating period
Mail on Sunday on James Aitcheson
Fans of Game of Thrones will find plenty to love in this uncompromising slice of historical fiction
Shortlist on James Aitcheson
Plenty of exciting battles and a protagonist narrator who is a real pleasure to read
Historical Novel Society on James Aitcheson
Vibrant and authentic. Rarely have I been so transported into the world of the medieval knight, and his environs
Ben Kane, author of Eagles of War, on James Aitcheson
Aitcheson neatly mixes action and intrigue in equal measure
BBC History Magazine