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Protector of Mercia is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources, if you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

Protector of Mercia by MJ Porter

Genre: Historical Fiction

Tour Dates: 5th - 11th September 2023

Publication Date: 5th September 2023

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Formats available: Netgalley Widget

Standalone Fifth Book in The Eagle of Mercia Chronicles series

Types of post available: Reviews only

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A deathbed oath leaves the lives of two infants hanging in the balance.

Tamworth AD833 After successfully rescuing her husband from the Island of Sheppey, Icel hears the deathbed confession of Lady Cynehild which leaves him questioning what he knows about his past, as well as his future.

In the unenviable position of being oath sworn to protect their two atheling sons when Lord Coenwulf is punished and banished for his treason against the Mercian ruler, King Wiglaf, Icel is once more torn between his oaths and the secret he knows.

When the two children are kidnapped, Icel, good to his word, and fearing for their safety, pursues their abductors into the dangerous Northern lands, fearing to discover who is behind the audacious attempt on their lives: the queen, the king’s son, or even Lady Ælflæd, a friend to him in the past, but now wed to the king’s son and aunt to the two abandoned children.

Alone in the Northern lands, Icel finds himself facing his worse fears. Can he rescue the children from their captor, or will he fail and lose his life in the process?

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About M J Porter

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.

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Blog Tour Schedule


Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

5th September

  1. Leanne bookstagram  

6th September

  1. Sharon Beyond The Books

  2. Rajiv's Reviews

7th September

  1. David's Book Blurg


8th September

  1. Ruins & Reading

9th September

  1. Bookish Jottings

  2. Lozreads

10th September

  1. Reviewsfeed


11th September

  1. The Strawberry Post


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