Death of Kings
Book 6, Saxon Stories - A Novel
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Cornwell does it again. Really good book in a fantastic series! Historical fiction doesn't get any better than this.
Another solid book
The newest book in the Saxon storyline continues in the same vein as the others; well written, exciting, and entertaining. Note that, for some reason, the map in the front cover is incredibly blurry making the locations mentioned in the story hard to find.
Death of Kings
Having faced the enemy in sometime close quarter combat in the jungles of Vietnam, I can greatly appreciate the poetic excitement of Cornwell's words as they take me back to that long ago period with a sense pride.
And reading his descriptions of the deadly shield wall causes these old hands to sweat in fear and this old heart to long for those adrenalin driven moments of life and death.