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The fate of a young nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior in the thrilling sixth volume of the New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series. Following the intrigue and action of The Burning Land and Sword Song, this latest chapter in Bernard Cornwells epic saga of England is a gripping tale of divided loyalties and mounting chaos. At a crucial moment in time, as Alfred the Great lays dying, the fate of all—Angles, Saxons, and Vikings alike—hangs desperately in the balance. For all fans of classic Cornwell adventures, such as Agincourt and Stonehenge, and for readers of William Dietrichs Hadrians Wall or Robert E. Howards Bran Mak Morn, the stunning Death of Kings will prove once again why the Wall Street Journal calls Bernard Cornwell “the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today.”

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The latest chapter in the epic saga of the making of England, magnificently brought to life by "the reigning king of historical fiction" (USA Today), Bernard Cornwell.

As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his lifelong goal of a unified England in peril, his kingdom on the brink of chaos. Though his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne—as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Torn between his vows to Alfred and the desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands in the north, Uhtred, Saxon-born and Viking-raised, remains the king's warrior but has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Now he must make a momentous decision that will forever transform his life and the course of history: to take up arms—and Alfred's mantle—or lay down his sword and let his liege's dream of a unified kingdom die along with him.

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, and most recently Death of Kings; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Edward Hahn, June 23, 2013 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I am an unabashed Cornwell admirer. In addition to the Richard Sharpe series, I have read all the titles in the Saxon Chronicles Series. This particular title is one of the best. Uthred, is faced with a number of dilemmas. He continues to practice the Viking religion he was taught as a child even though he serves a king, Alfred, who is an extremely devout Christian. He has an ongoing love affair with Aethelred, the king's sister, who is married to another Noble. He has little wealth even though he must support his own warriors. Alfred is dying and wants Uthred to pledge his loyalty to his son Edward, the heir.

How Uthred works his way through these dilemmas comprises the plot: exciting as always. As many reviewers have said, Cornwell writes the best battle scenes in historical fiction. This battles in this book are no exception. I particularly enjoyed the description of the tension between Uthred and various priests and bishops which is a major backdrop throughout the story.

The really good news is that there will be another book in the series coming in the future.
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Keith Campbell, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Keith Campbell)
Another incredible addition to this series by Bernard Cornwell. This is such a quick read series because it's quite difficult to pull yourself away from the story. Uhtred, once again finds himself in so many dilemmas and decisions, that you find yourself offering resolves, just to see him hurry up and get back to his homeland to rule. Cornwell is the master of pulling you in with incredible characters, unpredictable plots and landscape images that send you across the ocean only to land in the midst of an onslaught of battle and bloodlust. A definite must read!!
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Keith Campbell, September 18, 2012 (view all comments by Keith Campbell)
Another incredible addition to this series by Bernard Cornwell. This is such a quick read series because it's quite difficult to pull yourself away from the story. Uhtred, once again finds himself in so many dilemmas and decisions, that you find yourself offering resolves, just to see him hurry up and get back to his homeland to rule. Cornwell is the master of pulling you in with incredible characters, unpredictable plots and landscape images that send you across the ocean only to land in the midst of an onslaught of battle and bloodlust. A definite must read!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061969669
Author:
Cornwell, Bernard
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Saxon Tales
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The latest chapter in the epic saga of the making of England, magnificently brought to life by "the reigning king of historical fiction" (USA Today), Bernard Cornwell.

As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his lifelong goal of a unified England in peril, his kingdom on the brink of chaos. Though his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne—as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Torn between his vows to Alfred and the desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands in the north, Uhtred, Saxon-born and Viking-raised, remains the king's warrior but has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Now he must make a momentous decision that will forever transform his life and the course of history: to take up arms—and Alfred's mantle—or lay down his sword and let his liege's dream of a unified kingdom die along with him.

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