Best Alaric Longward books

The Oath Breaker: A Novel of Germania and Rome (Hraban Chronicles) (Volume 1)

Alaric Longward

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Hraban the Marcomanni has never met his father Maroboodus, exiled in far-away Rome, but this is about to change. In the age of early Roman empire, Augustus is creating his legacy with gladius as the legions begin the arduous work of subjecting the troublesome and divided Germani tribes. Such great, distant issues do not concern Hraban, a young man bent on becoming a spear lord, giver of rings, a warrior praised in the dark halls of his kin. He is the Raven, and son of great lords. Yet his father’s return to their burning village does not only upset plans of Rome and the scheming Germani, but those of Hraban, who finds the ancient virtues of his kin are very strained with strange morals of Maroboodus, his father. Will Hraban find a way to survive the plots of his many enemies, serve his father and keep his honor while entire nations struggle to unite against Rome and those, who would betray the Germani? The Oath Breaker is the first book in a new series of historical novels set in the dark lands east of Rhenus and fabulous, ancient Rome. The Oath Breaker is an Amazon US and UK #1 bestseller in Travel Adventure Fiction.

Adalwulf: The Two Swords (Tales of Germania) (Volume 1)

Alaric Longward

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A young Chatti by the name of Adalwulf rides his stolen horse to the lands of the Marcomanni, hoping to find a ring-giver and a new life. What he finds instead is a mysterious priestess looking for him, his innate ability to fight like a demi-god, and plenty of trouble. In the era of Augustus, the borders of River Rhenus are waiting for a change. While the Marcomanni have an uneasy peace with Rome, Rome is turning its eye to the north. The feuds of two Goth lords Bero and Hulderic thrust Adalwulf in a desperate quest that will determine not only his future, the fate of a high-born enemy, the life of a woman he loves, but also the future of the whole Marcomanni tribe. Will Adalwulf succeed in his quest of the Two Swords, even when he has to deal with Leuthard, the beastly champion of the Marcomanni, a strange band of mercenaries led by a murderer, and Roman traitors?

Maroboodus: A Novel of Germania (The Goth Chronicles) (Volume 1)

Alaric Longward

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During the era of Augustus, there is a wild, untamed land far in the north, where no Roman sandal has yet trodden, and there Maroboodus, the son and adeling of a Goth lord Hulderic simmers with rage over the many injustices their family has to endure. Maroboodus is not alone in his malcontent. Competition for survival and glory is a brutal, daily struggle. Life is harsh indeed for the tribes of the north and while god Woden's people, the troubled Goth nations have spread south and east from the islands of Gothonia, surging over the sea Rome calls Mare Gothonia to find new homes, the family of Maroboodus has taken dangerous lands in the east, pushing the old tribes of the Svea from the coasts. There, death by spear and hunger is part of daily life. The tribes of Maroboodus, led by the mighty Friednot and Hughnot of the Goths, live by the Long-Lake, enduring Saxon raids and Svea hostility. Only family ties and wise alliances can help them, because even the Thiuda of the noblest of the ancient Goth families, their old relative the Boat-Lord, resent and fear those who would build something on their own. Alliances get strained when high lords die, and old grudges will risk everything when the tribes should remain strong and united. In such a time, the troubled Maroboodus finds his patience and endurance sorely tested by another injustice after a victorious battle, and seeks to change the fortunes of their family, even against the wishes of his father, Hulderic. He does so by allying with their nemesis, hoping to grasp a high-born woman as his own and to bring glory to his name and family. Will the boldness of Maroboodus change the fate of the squabbling, threatened Goths, or plunge them, and Maroboodus, whose blood is plagued by an ancient curse of Lok, into the arms of their enemies? In this historical fiction adventure story of ancient Germania, we embark on the road of the trials of Maroboodus the Goth, as he eventually becomes one of the mightiest Germani kings.

The Snake Catcher: A Novel of Germania and Rome (Hraban Chronicles Book 4)

Alaric Longward

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Hraban is riding for Rome. Having lost Drusus to the schemes of a highborn noble in Rome, Hraban and his friends follow Tiberius, and join the Germani Corporis Custodes, the illustrious Germani guard of Augustus. Their mission is not only to guard the lives of the family of the Princeps, but also to uncover who is trying to kill the sons and grandchildren of Livia, wife of Augustus. Drusus is already dead. Will Tiberius be next? Is Julia, the daughter of Augustus to blame, as everyone believes? Navigating the intrigues of Rome is not easy, and Hraban’s newly found honor is sorely tested by the schemes of the nobles, paid murdering gladiators on the prowl, and the confusion Hraban must face as he plunges into the shadowy work of a Sword of Tiberius and tries to catch the snake that threatens the family. The truth can only be found in the war-torn Jerusalem, when Hraban has nothing to lose.

The Beast of the North: Stories of the Nine Worlds (Thief of Midgard) (Volume 1)

Alaric Longward

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The Nine Worlds have been sundered from each other and the gods during the goddess Hel’s War long ago, but in the land of Midgard the years have passed relatively peacefully. Men govern men, and there are wars, there is peace and life is as it should be. For Red Midgard, times are changing, however. The harsh, freedom-loving northern land faces the animosity of the mighty High King, but also a threat of war with its few allies, as King Morag is rumored to look for any reason to go to war with his allies. Maskan and Sand, thieves of Dagnar, discover a web of conspiracies to topple the king before it is too late, and soon, they have a good reason to tie their fates with those who would fight the king. But not all is as it seems, and layers of truths and lies make the road dark and dangerous. Our heroes must navigate very murky waters of betrayal, elemental magic, love, and loyalty to save their land and to find revenge.

The Bane of Gods: A Novel of Germania and Rome (Hraban Chronicles Book 5)

Alaric Longward

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Treading a precarious path as a killer for a deadly lady in Rome, Hraban risks his life, and that of his friends to regain his family.

His lot is that of a spy, and a killer, as his band of Germani Custodes Corporis seeks clues to guard the life of Tiberius, who is an exile in Rhodes. If they succeed, his family will be released, and Rome will change for good.

Yet, long years of treading paths of servitude have left Hraban tired of being the victim to the mighty. Knowing full well no word of his wicked mistress can be trusted, Hraban finally takes route that is of his own making. The terror and deceit he intends to deal to his enemies is cleverly planned, but such a path will finally push Hraban away from his pursuit of fame, off the quest of clearing his name, and perhaps far from his hope to gain revenge on the killer of his family and Drusus. He might be left with power enough to choose his own destiny, should he survive, and succeed.

Will Hraban’s desperate plan give him what he most yearns for, or will it indeed cost him his life, his honor, his friends, and indeed, even the family he hopes to protect?

The Bane of Gods is book number five in the continuing saga of the Hraban Chronicles, and will take place from Rome to Armenia, and from the limes of Illyricum to the depths of Germania, where Varus meets his fate.

The Winter Sword: A Novel of Germania and Rome (Hraban Chronicles) (Volume 3)

Mr. Alaric Longward

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Hraban’s dice are cast. He has chosen to serve Nero Claudius Drusus, the mighty Roman general and the stepson of the princeps of Rome; Augustus. He has abandoned his hope of ever finding fame and home with the Marcomanni and has turned his back on Armin the Cherusci, who offered him a place amongst the foes of Rome and Maroboodus, Hraban’s traitorous father. Yet, the fate of Drusus is not to idle in Gaul, but to take the war to Armin and the Cherusci, and Hraban follows him to war, serving the great lord in his drive to slay Armin and to pacify lands east of Rhenus River. In the land of the Cherusci, Hraban will uncover dangerous plots against Drusus, he will seek his lost daughter Lif and he shall prepare to end all his grudges as the tumultuous events inevitably lead to a summer of war. Will Hraban’s Winter Sword deal with Maroboodus, his father, Odo, the vitka of Lok and the many men who would thwart him from his vengeance and destiny?

The Bear Banner: A Novel of Germania (The Goth Chronicles)

Alaric Longward

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Maroboodus lost Saxa. Hulderic, his father lost their lands and abandoned his weak-willed brother to fight their loss-maddened uncle alone. The Boat Lord, their powerful relative was after their heads, and the Draupnir’s Spawn, their famous family ring is still what the man wants, having lost it decades past. They were fugitives with their former foes, the Saxons. And the Saxons had problems of their own, and the Goths would be the solution for some of them. Hulderic’s and Maroboodus’s problems of trust, avoiding and defeating the foes who pursue them, and finding their uncertain path forward would only be solved if Maroboodus learns to control the Bear in himself, the destructive part of his warrior’s soul, and to work under his father’s banner. And yet, Maroboodus has his own goals, as he hopes to raise the Bear Banner to carve his own kingdom in the north, and his father is not part of those plans.

Raven's Wyrd: A Novel of Germania and Rome (Hraban Chronicles) (Volume 2)

Alaric Longward

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Hraban the Marcomanni has been cast out of his tribe by his treacherous father Maroboodus. He has lost his tribe, his mother and both grandfathers, and his fame and honor with the ones he loved. He has been lied to, he has been used to further his father’s plots and in the end discarded, and his lot was to linger in slavery to Odo, a priest to Lok until he would die, having fulfilled the needs of a deadly prophecy. However, he refused to die. Instead, he escaped Odo and the Roman ally king, Vago the Vangione, and took the head of his mother’s slayer. Now, he will go home. He will go home to burn his father’s hall for revenge, and to erase the blot on his fame, the title of the Oath Breaker, by deeds of bravery and spears. He has much to pay back for, his friends to rescue and his fame to regain. Yet, his allies are few and none come without a price. In the end, Hraban will find the road to regaining his fame is twisted and tricky, and what he will find might be entirely different from what he set out to gain.

The Wolf and the Lion: A Medieval Novel (The Chronicles of the Coin Book 1)

Alaric Longward

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A devil’s servant kills Konrad’s wife for pleasure

Konrad commits his soul to the devil to find the man

In 1283, a great war is brewing in Germany over the succession of the Duchy of Limburg. The Luxembourgs and the Brabants are locked in a power-struggle in an era when the German Dukes and Counts settled their scores in a battlefield, and any family might grasp the crown of Germany. Konrad, a minor knight in the service of the Luxembourgs loses his wife to a mysterious killer. Despairing, he commits his sword to war, and soul to the devil. Working for Adolf of Berg, the killer and Konrad are locked in a game for the devil, and their struggle might even determine which great house wins the war. Setting his men against mighty Adolf of Berg and his sinister servants, Konrad must choose between the devil’s favor and the love of a virtuous woman.

Will Konrad defeat Adolf and his servants with devil’s help, or will he find serving his lord and new love is enough of a reason to break his oaths to the Old Serpent?

The Wolf and the Lion is the first book in a brutal historical action and adventure fiction series set in the Medieval Europe and Germany.

Author interview

Question: What is different about the Wolf?
Alaric: Different? I guess many of the elements one would love in other historical fiction stories are all there. It’s a brutal tale with well-developed characters, no real heroes, and life is cheap. There are plot twists and surprises along the way. What is different, is the setting. My books generally take place in the places other authors rarely cover. This book series, like the Oath Breaker and Maroboodus, mainly takes place in Germania, or the many Counties and Duchies of Medieval Germany, rather. Of course, I have a unique style of writing as well, and perhaps the battles are more gripping than some. Also, there is an element of mystery to my books, and it is often hard to guess the ending.
Question: What authors do you love?
Alaric: Bernard Cornwell. His work is on a different level form the others, and he covers time periods I love. I try to take my stories out of Britain, and into new areas, as I explained. Steven Pressfield is another of my favorites. Gates of Fire is a masterpiece. Then, some classics, like the great Henryk Sienkiewicz.