The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5)
In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born. At the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking... show more
In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born. At the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred's reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing never again to serve the Saxon king. Instead, he will reclaim his ancestral fortress on the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his old friend Ragnar-and his old foe Haesten-he aims to invade and conquer Wessex itself. Yet fate has different plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. When Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for help, he cannot refuse her request. In a desperate gamble, he takes command of a demoralized Mercian army, leading them in an unforgettable battle on a blood-soaked field beside the Thames. In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of historical fiction" (USA Today), delivers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England-an irresistible new chapter in his thrilling Saxon Tales, the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.
Publish date: January 1st 2010
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
Series: The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories (#5)
I had not read a book in this series in a few years, and I now regret waiting so long. I was sucked right back into the world and actions of Uthred and enjoyed this story very much. Cornwall's ability to mix history with fun adventure and exciting (if not unrealistic) characters is outstanding. L...
“The Burning Land” to piąty tom cyklu na zachodzie zwanego Opowieściami o Saksonach, a u nas zupełnie odwrotnie: Wojnami Wikingów. Bernard Cornwell kontynuuje tu historię życia Uhtreda z Babbenburga, Pana Wojny, dzięki któremu Alfred zwany Wielkim położył podwaliny pod stworzenie państwa zwanego Ang...
I think these stories are amazing! History - or at least historical-fiction - can be so much more impressive than straight fiction.What's even cooler is that you can look up these battles in Wikipedia and validate statistics.
I love this whole series, but I'm ready for Uhtred to finally make his move for his ancestral home. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of bloody (but very enjoyable) hacking through Viking and Saxon warriors, and a change of woman every few books or so. Still, the characters are well-drawn and the period ...
Good solid stuff. This felt a bit shorter than Cornwell's usual, but all the usual characters turned up: a super-neat ship, the fates, Serpent-breath, and so forth. I shall be sorry when this series reaches an end, as it inevitably must.