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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.

©2019 Bernard Cornwell (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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He kills more Danes

if you listened to the other ones you're going to get with this one and you know what you're going to get; a bloody wet mess of hot Saxon violence ending with a massive shield wall orgy of death as narrated by a guy who really is just trying to get home but keeps getting waylaid by jackassery, politics and no one listening to him no matter how often he's always right.

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Like Uhtred, the formula grows a bit older, yet still shines in moments. Narrative performance somewhat improved from book 5. Thanks.

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