Death of Kings
The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation. As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once more. For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this... show more
The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation. As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once more. For the Viking-raised but Saxon-born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices. King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred's loyalty - and his vows - were to Alfred, not to his son, and despite his long years of service to Alfred, he is still not committed to the Saxon cause. His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north. But the challenge to him, as the king,s warrior, is that he knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred,s dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion. This novel is a dramatic story of the power of tribal commitment and the terrible difficulties of divided loyalties. This is the making of England magnificently brought to life by the master of historical fiction.
Publish date: October 2011
Pages no: 335
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
Series: The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories (#6)
Another solid entry in the Saxon Stories series by Bernard Cornwell. I thought this book was a bit slower than the earlier ones in the series as much of the fighting doesn't take place until the very end. I also think I waited too long between reading books in this series as there were many, many ...
Próby Alfreda Wielkiego, mające na celu zjednoczenie wszystkich pomniejszych królestw na wyspie w jedno państwo - Anglię - zapewniły władcy miejsce w Historii. Czasy były trudne, gdyż północna część dzisiejszej Anglii zajęta była przez Duńczyków, a ci nie znali innego sposobu na życie, jak tylko łup...
I've read at least 8 Bernard Cornwell novels, and he has never earned less than 4-stars from me. In fact, 6 of those 8 books I gave 5-stars... and again he doesn't dissappoint! Love 'em!I had to look at my average ratings to see how rare Cornwell's 4.75 average really was... what I found was that ...
Really enjoyed this latest episode, and hanging out for the next already. My only criticism is over the choice of narrator for this audiobook - in my opinion he didn't sounds 'Northern" enough.