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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

Nov 28, 2011 – The sixth installment of Cornwell’s Saxon series (after The Burning Land) returns to the days before there was an England—or an English sense of fair play—when Saxons, Danes, and Vikings, Christians and pagans alike, fought relentlessly and ruthlessly for control of Wessex. It’s 898: ailing King Alfred, hoping to unify English-speaking Christians under one crown, asks loyal if stubbornly pagan Uhtred to make one last stab at peace. Armed with his trusty sword, Serpent-Breath, Uhtred bushwhacks, bedevils, and beats the living daylights out of scheming plotters, while Edward, “not quite the perfect heir,” risks all for the love of a bishop’s daughter. Æthelflaed, Edward’s beloved sister and Uhtred’s former lover, unwilling to be ruled by her husband, brother, or anyone, joins Uhtred in battle brought to bloody life by Cornwell, whose historian’s understanding of military strategy blends well with a novelist’s ability to envision weapons of the past and the ways in which they’re wielded. Ninth-century combat lacks the grandeur of large armies, but Uhtred’s cunning, courage, and a few acts of calculated cruelty make for a compelling read. Unfortunately for Edward, no skirmish proves decisive enough to unify England. Fortunately for Cornwell fans, that means more “tales of warriors and swords and shields and axes” to come.

Customer Reviews

Another homerun!

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.

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Death of Kings
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jan 17, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 6, Saxon Stories
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