Synopses & Reviews
From New York Times
bestselling author Bernard Cornwell comes a saga of fidelity and betrayal that brings to center stage King Alfred the Great, one of the most crucial figures in English history. It is King Alfred and his heirs who in the ninth and tenth centuries fought to secure the survival of England by battling the ferocious Viking invaders.
Bernard Cornwell's epic novel opens in A.D. 866. Uhtred, the son of a nobleman, is captured in the same battle that leaves his father dead. His captor is the Earl Ragnar, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his own, teaching him the Viking ways of war. Uhtred grapples with divided loyalties, torn between Ragnar, the warrior he loves like a father, and Alfred, whose piety and introspection leave him cold. It takes a terrible slaughter and the unexpected joys of marriage for Uhtred to discover his true allegiance -- and to rise to his greatest challenge.
“A crackling good storyteller.” Publishers Weekly
“Enthralling ... the desperate, heroic struggle of Alfred “the Great” ... against the seemingly invincible Vikings. Wall Street Journal
“Intoxicating….Thrilling….Cornwell conveys the disquiet of change and the melancholy of extinction as few historical novelists manage to.” Washington Post Book World
“Enter Cornwells vividly drawn ninth-century Kingdom … after this dip into the Dark Ages, we want to go back.” Entertainment Weekly
“History comes alive.” Boston Globe
“Highly recommended … another great historical series in the making.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Masterful....[An]irresistible epic adventure....Cornwell deserves praise for his mesmerizing narrative finesse and his authentic historical detailing.” Booklist
“Cornwell .... makes the usually gloomy ninth century sound like a hell of a lot of fun.” Kirkus Reviews
< b>A New York Times Bestselling Author< /b>< P>This is the exciting story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred defeated the Danish Vikings who occupied three of England's four kingdoms, as seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman. Captured as a child and raised by the Danes, when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes, and they turn on Uhtred, he has to decide which side he is on. Above all, he wishes to recover his father's land, th magical fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Agincourt and The Fort; 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.