FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Usually ships within 2 to 3 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Sword Song has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Reuseabook
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Please note this product will be shipped from the UK within 24 hours of receiving your order. We not offer tracked shipment in order to maintain great prices. Please therefore be patient in waiting for your items to arrive. Please refer to your Amazon delivery dates as a guide, we hope your item arrives with you shortly. Product dispatched in UK within 48 hours. Thanks.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Sword Song Paperback – Sep 27 2007

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all 11 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, Sep 27 2007
CDN$ 22.95
CDN$ 22.95 CDN$ 3.09

Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping for Six Months When You Try Amazon Student


Frequently Bought Together

  • Sword Song
  • +
  • The Burning Land (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 5)
  • +
  • The Lords of the North (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 3)
Total price: CDN$ 51.70
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.




Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (Sept. 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007219725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007219728
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,320,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Cornwell's fourth entry in the popular Saxon Tales (following Lords of the North) is a rousing romp through the celebrated ninth-century reign of Alfred the Great. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a 28-year-old pagan Saxon lord of war, has pledged to serve Alfred by commanding the defensive frontier forts (burhs). Trouble arises when the Norse Viking brothers Sigefrid and Erik Thurgilson capture and occupy London, threatening Alfred's border and his control of the Thames River port. The Christian Alfred directs Uhtred to raise a Wessex army, expel the pagan Thurgilsons and resecure London. Commanding Uhtred is his vain, abusive cousin Ethelred, who is married to Alfred's eldest daughter, Ethelflaed. Plying his swords Serpent-Breath and Wasp-Sting, Uhtred is a stirring, larger-than-life action hero conflicted by ambition, fidelity and thirst for violence. All the major characters are well drawn, and the London battle scenes unfold quickly and vividly. A deft mix of historical details and customs authenticates the saga. And Cornwell drops in a slick twist precipitating the climatic battle to wrest control of London for the Saxons, paving the way for the story to continue. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

Praise for 'The Lords of the North': 'Beautifully crafted story-telling, complete with splendid set-piece battles and relentless derring-do, so gripping that it rarely stops to catch a breath. It demonstrates once again Cornwell's enormous skill as a historical narrator. He would have graced Alfred's court entertaining the guests with his stories.' Daily Mail 'Cornwell takes the spectres of ninth century history and puts flesh back on their bones. Here is Alfred's world restored -- impeccably researched and illuminated with the colour and passion of a master storyteller.' Justin Pollard, author of 'Alfred the Great' Praise for Bernard Cornwell: 'Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail 'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer

See all Product Description

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Uhtred continues to make his way through the events of the times with a significant impact, becoming involved in Viking invasions and the battle for London.

This is still a satisfying read, but the series has lost a little of its impact from the opening novels. At times, you feel as if Utred is marching from one historical event to another just so he can figure in all of them. There are times when his involvement seems more like a token showing and lacks the intensity and the excitement of previous situations. This could be because of the sheer number of events and the fact that we now accept Uhtred will sail through them all alive, rather like a Superman comic. The dangers of a long series are coming home to roost here, and it will be a real test for Bernard Cornwell to keep our interest in future works.

Many of the other characters remain rather one-dimensional in this book, appearing as window-dressing and adding little in the way of sub-plots and character evolution.

Fortunately, one of the main parts of the book, the battle for London is very well done.

Will the series end with a bang or a whimper? We will see.
7 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Cornwell has done it again. His Saxon Stories saga began with THE LAST KINGDOM, followed by THE PALE HORSEMAN and THE LORDS OF THE NORTH.

It is several years after the events of the third book of the series and Uthred, our hero, has been given the duty of building up the defences of a burgh on the border of Wessex, just upriver of London, while keeping a watchful eye on the Danes who inhabit the city.

The region surrounding the english capital becomes the playground for this wonderfully crafted book which details the battle for the control of the river Thames and the coming role of Aethelfled, daughter of Alfred, in the series.

The battle scenes are as gritty and real as ever, the plotting well thought out and unpredictable, the repartee thoroughly witty and the passion of the author for his story very palpable.

All in all, a damned good addition to Bernard Cornwell's already excellent series!
3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I'll reiterate the same comments I have made for the previous volumes of this series: The story is engrossing and the author is a very talented storyteller.

I however give 3 stars to this volume because I was disappointed in terms of story development when I look at the series as a whole. King Albert is almost absent in this volume and the story does not really evolve. In fact it is quite the opposite; the story in this volume seems to repeat itself. Uthred is faced by two new Norse brothers/leaders, although he likes and respects them very much his oath forces him to fight them and he eventually overcome them. I realize that my comments are over-simplistic, but this is the general feeling that this book has left me with. I must admit however that I look forward to reading the next volumes as I still enjoy the style of the author and I hope that he will bring new twists to the story (and bring back King Albert as a main character!).
1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
The main problem is that there is seemingly no longer anything new or startling being revealed about the world shown in the first 2 books. At this point, our hero is doing the same sort of thing he's always done and not really learning anything new. Cornwell gets a little too carried away with his anti-Christian shtick, bringing in a horrific Levitical rite for no discernible reason except perhaps to make us care about the story late in the novel. The plot is taped and stapled together too, with just half-baked connections between earlier and later events. To be charitable, I think weak links in the chain of a series are pretty much inevitable. This happens to be one of them.
1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I love this series by Bernard Cornwell. I've read it twice and could read it again. Great battles, plot twists, and adventures. Like the political intrigue and history. Even my wife who never reads books much like it, called them the "Uhtred books". :)
1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I keep reading these books, partly because they are so easy to read and also to find out how Uhtred gets to Bebbanburg.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback