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The Burning Land [Hardcover]

Bernard Cornwell
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January 2010 Saxon Tales (Book 5)

In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born.

At the end of the ninth century, with King Alfred of Wessex in ill health and his heir still an untested youth, it falls to Alfred's reluctant warlord Uhtred to outwit and outbattle the invading enemy Danes, led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair. But the sweetness of Uhtred's victory is soured by tragedy, forcing him to break with the Saxon king. Joining the Vikings, allied with his old friend Ragnar—and his old foe Haesten—Uhtred devises a strategy to invade and conquer Wessex itself. But fate has very different plans.

Bernard Cornwell's The Burning Land is an irresistible new chapter in his epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“Cornwell, a master of martial fiction, makes history come alive with his rousing battlefield scenes.” (Margaret Flanagan, Booklist)

“Cornwell (Agincourt) has been described as a master of historical fiction, but that may be an understatement. Cornwell makes his subject material come alive. Better, his major protagonist is totally believable and human.” (Robert Conroy, Library Journal)

“Slathered in blood and gore, Saxon warlord Uhtred of Bebbanburg hacks his way through the ninth century in the exciting fifth installment to bestseller Cornwell’s Saxon Tales series. . . . Vivid descriptions of merciless battlefield slaughter, rape, and destruction are artfully related by a masterful storyteller.” (Publishers Weekly)

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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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed! Nov. 12 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love the series and the storyline but I was very disappointed with this audio book because they not only changed the narrator, but they also changed an important place name. The publisher took creative liberty and changed Bebenberg to Bramba; this place name was synonymous with the lead character as he was known as "Uhtred of Bebenberg" throughout all of the previous novels. The narrator would be wonderful I'm sure with another story but his lower tone was very different from the rough and gruff voice used on all other audiobooks. It was in opposition to the character that had developed in my mind from the previous books. Very disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic as usual! July 23 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Cornwell keeps up a superb story here with lots of action some awesome characters. I highly, highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars `Fate is inexorable.' March 25 2010
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
Alfred of Wessex has won many victories but now, in the last years of the 9th century, he is in failing health. These are dangerous times: Alfred's likely successor is an untested youth, and the Vikings who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex seize the opportunity to attack.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Alfred's unwilling warlord, leads the enemy into a trap at Farnham, and inflicts one of the greatest defeats the Vikings have ever suffered. Uhtred is caught in the conflict caused by his oath to the Christian King Alfred, which he feels obliged to honour, and his own pagan beliefs. However, after the victory at Farnham, Uhtred is tested both through personal tragedy and an attack by some of Alfred's henchmen who are jealous of his standing and offended by his foreignness. This causes Uhtred to break with Alfred and to travel north where he hopes to recover his ancestral home, Bebbanburg, from his uncle.

The fates intervene, as they so often do, and Alfred's daughter Aethelflaed is able to induce Uhtred to return south to take control of the Mercian army for another desperate battle with the Vikings.

This is the fifth book in the Saxon Tales. While Uhtred is the central character, Mr Cornwell has peopled this novel with characters that bring the conflicts of the times to life. The series depicts both the conflicts between the Saxons and the Vikings and the conflicts between Christians and pagans. The tale may be Uhtred's, but the story is of England in the making. I am looking forward to the sixth novel: I'm hoping that at some stage Uhtred will recover Bebbanburg.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the sequels to come! Feb. 22 2010
I love historical novels, so I enjoy very much this little known period described in Bernard Cornwells' Series called "the Saxon Stories". Very well researched and so well written, you can almost feel yourself there and visualize the landscape and the people living more than 1000 years ago.It brings me to the eager read of the books of Alexander Dumas, the same energy eventhough Cornwell is much more gory and less romantic.I like the description of battles and the roughness of the people and the way he describes the religion(s) of the time.
Hope the next book or books in the series will not lose the same quality; provide the same amount of historical knowledge, being fun to read without being boring.
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