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Richard Denning is a British board game designer and author of young adult, historical fantasy and historical fiction novels.

Born in Ilkeston, he currently resides in Sutton Coldfield, England.

Richard previously worked as a General Practitioner before retiring from the National Health Service in 2017.

He is married and has two children.

Other than writing online articles on history, publishing and gaming, Richard also visits Historical Associations, Schools, Libraries, Clubs and Societies, covering an extensive range of historical topics such as the Anglo-Saxon Era and London’s 1666 fire.

His books are published under his publishing house, Mercia Books.

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Genres: Fantasy / SF, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • The Last Seal (2012)

The Nine Worlds Series

  1. Shield Maiden (2012)
  2. The Catacombs of Vanaheim (2014)
  3. Frost Giants of Jötunheim (2018)

The Hourglass Institute Series

  1. Tomorrow's Guardian (2010)
  2. Yesterday's Treasures (2011)
  3. Today's Sacrifice (2015)

The Northern Crown Series

  1. The Amber Treasure (2011)
  2. Child of Loki (2012)
  3. Princes in Exile (2013)
  4. The White Chariot (2016)
  5. Kith and Kin (2020)
Non Series

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Last Seal

It is the 17th century in London.

Two opposing secret societies are embroiled in a fight that could potentially annihilate not just the city, but far beyond.

When Ben, a stubborn schoolboy, crosses paths with a scroll unearthing the exact location of mystical seals that binds a mighty demon beneath the city, the boy soon plunges into a deadly scheme that leads to the Great Fire of London.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0956810397
Publisher: Mercia Books

The Nine Worlds Series

Shield Maiden

It's the 7th century in Mercia.

Raised in a Saxon village, the life of twelve-year-old Anna changes after she discovers a golden horn amidst the remains of a Roman Villa.

What powers could the horn posses? Why is virtually everybody, including a hideous dwarf, a stunning sorceress and her own loved ones, determined to claim it?

Furthermore, how come Anna is the only person capable of playing it?

Set in the ancient realm of Anglo-Saxon England, Shield Maiden brings to life the strange world of myths and fairy tales, gods and beasts that our forefathers once believed in.

It is what the world could have been had the stories been more than just fairy tales.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0956810373
Publisher: Mercia Books
The Catacombs of Vanaheim

Vicious beasts have placed Anna's village under siege, unleashing deadly horrors following the opening of the Bifrost—the gate between the Nine Worlds.

This forces Anna and her counterparts to journey to Vanaheim, the dwelling place of the Vanir—the gods of wisdom and magic.

Through the trip, youthful sorcerer, Wilburh, hopes to find a way of saving their village from destruction.

Their hopes are however dashed when they discover that the gods themselves are been taken hostage.

And in order to set them loose, the young warriors will have to muster all the bravery they can and descend into the dangerous Catacombs.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0956810342
Publisher: Mercia Books
Frost Giants of Jötunheim

Kendra, the sinister Valkyrie witch, has plundered great riches from the gods.

Amongst the items stolen is the belt of strength adorned by Thunor; one that they intend to use in their quest to gain the support of the brutal giants of Jötunheim.

This marks the beginning of yet another dangerous mission by the children; one that will take them to a realm of tall mountains, dense forests and freezing wastes all in a bid to stop their enemies in their tracks.

The strange land and terrible weather however is the least of their worries, as they must defeat the Frost Giants of Jötunheim—arguably their deadliest enemies yet.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1999656201
Publisher: Mercia Books

The Hourglass Institute Series

Tomorrow's Guardian

Tom Oakley is convinced that he is losing his mind given his troubling episodes of déjà-vu, only to soon uncover that he is a "Walker"—a person capable of transporting to different times and places.

He has visions of endangered "Walkers" such as: Edward Dyson who died in battle in 1879; Mary Brown who died in the 1666 London fire; and Charlie Hawker, a sailor who died on a Unterseeboot in 1943.

Deciding to go back in time, Tom has three deadly assignments to complete before returning to his normal life.

But with sinister forces determined to change history, Tom is forced to decide between rescuing his family and saving the entire planet.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0956483560
Publisher: Mercia Books
Yesterday's Treasures

The desperate search for pieces of The Crown of Knossos, which could grant one power over the control of history when gathered, is on.

The Hourglass Institute, Redfeld's masters and the Directorate aren’t left behind on the determined search.

But as the artifacts are gradually collected, Tom and the others ultimately uncover the real figure behind the chase for The Crown and what their true intentions are.

And upon doing so, they learn the magnitude of the dangers that 'Yesterday's Treasures' could pose to tomorrow.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0956483584
Publisher: Mercia Books
Today's Sacrifice

An old foe has returned after several millennia, and only Tom and his counterparts from the Hourglass Institute have what it takes to rescue humanity from imminent death and enslavement.

The mission of the Walkers is to travel back in time, battle and seize the increasingly prominent Titans before they unleash mayhem throughout history.

Tom however doesn’t have much time to avert the destruction.

And getting rid of this threat one final time may demand a huge price to be paid; one that may be too great even for Tom.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0956810304
Publisher: Mercia Books

The Northern Crown Series

The Amber Treasure

“I will look after the body of my lord and you can bear the sword, story teller. For all decent stories revolve around a sword.”

The year is 597 A.D. Treachery could bring the Kingdom of Northumbria to its knees.

While growing up, Cerdic, the nephew of the mighty warrior Cynric, can think of nothing more than the day that he will emerge victorious in battle and inscribe his name in the sagas.

But when brutality comes knocking at his doorstep, his sister is abducted, his family is deceived and Cynric’s fabled sword is stolen.

Will Cerdic unleash vengeance for the loss of his family, rescue his sister and bring back his uncle’s sword?

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0956810311
Publisher: Mercia Books
Child of Loki

Peace reigns in Cerdic's homeland following victory in the Battle of Catraeth. But how long will it last?

Despite destroying the Northern British, more foes have emerged to take their place.

Destined to battle against the Scots and Picts, Cerdic comes to the aid of the Bernicians, his nation’s allies, under the command of warlord, Aethelfrith.

What is Aethelfrith's real motive, and how far is he willing to go to fulfill his ambitions?

What about Cerdic's treacherous half brother, Hussa? Is he up to any good?

Cerdic would love nothing more than to go by his life peacefully.

But unfortunately for him, Loki has other idea plans.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0956810328
Publisher: Mercia Books
Princes in Exile

“No land, no crown, no money.”

Deira is no more.

Aethelfrith has emerged victorious thanks to Cerdic’s deceitful stepbrother, Hussa; something that forces Cerdic to guide princes Edwin and Hereric across the border to strange lands.

Their population comprises of nothing more than fifty men, women and children.

On top of all that is the fact that they have no land, no crown, no plan and don’t have enough money.

With their foes in hot pursuit and very few friends to count on ahead, Cerdic has little option but to devise a way of rescuing the Princes in Exile.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0956810380
Publisher: Mercia Books
The White Chariot

When Hussa, Cerdic’s deceitful stepbrother, is dispatched by Aethelfrith to the earliest Anglo-Saxon Kingdom for an assignment, Prince Edwin equally sends Cerdic in an effort to counter it.

And it doesn’t take long before the half brothers find themselves on the opposite ends of the battle field—not for the first time.

Soon enough, the fight between Cerdic and Hussa becomes part of the broader struggle for Britain, gradually growing more intense.

As Hussa sparks new friendship and family, Cerdic's past returns to haunt him in the Welsh lands in the form of an archenemy who re-emerges in the most surprising of ways.

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0956483591
Publisher: Mercia Books
Kith and Kin

Some people are all about service and loyalty, while others only yearn for power.

Some people only desire fortune and fame, while others are forever loyal to the family bond that unites them.

As the epic battle between opposing kings, Aethelfrith and Edwin, edges ever so closer, half brothers Cerdic and Hussa on the other hand are all convinced that they fathered the boy Hal.

Could the destiny of one young boy and the animosity between two alienated brothers go beyond affecting just their family?

Could a war that was started by men be ended by women?

Author: Richard Denning
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1999656218
Publisher: Mercia Books