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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062107143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062107145
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,833,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pub Date: 2012-01-17 Pages: 544 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US As the ninth century wanes. Alfred the Great lays dying; his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos While 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. Uhtred. the Saxon-born. Viking-raised warrior. whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself . is torn between his vows to Alfred and his desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands in the north Now. he must make a momentous decision that will forever transform his life and the course of history:.... take up arms- and Alfreds mantle-or lay his sword down and let the dream of a unified kingdom fall into oblivion.


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Format: Paperback
This book was very well written and has great flow, I read it quickly and exclusively until it was done - much too soon. I have always enjoyed the characters in this series, and they lived up to their potential very well in this installment. I preferred it to the last book, The Burning Land. It was very interesting to read in the author's Afterword, how he used stories from the written histories of the period to create the plot and then applied it to his set of characters. This book provides a great perspective on a little-known period of English history, the very origins of England. Lots of intrigue and battle make this a fun read.
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Format: Hardcover
In Death of Kings, Cornwell does it again. Gripping historical action, magnificent historical details. Cornwell makes history jump right out of the page. Once you start you just can't put it down. Now in the sixth novel in this series all the characters are familiar, Alfred and his Royal Family, churchmen (good and evil) Danish Jarls (mostly evil) beautiful girls and of course Uthred, we have learned to love or hate them all. Some sensitive Christians might take umbrage at some of the remarks about the Medieval Christian Church but those of an open or secular mind will enjoy it. I can't wait for Uthred of Bebbanburg's next adventure.
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It is close to 900 AD, and King Alfred of Wessex is dying after reigning for over 28 years. The Danes, who rule much of what will later be England, are waiting eagerly to tear apart King Alfred's Christian kingdom. Uhtred of Bebbanburg returns to the south at King Alfred's request and is asked to negotiate a treaty with King Eohric of East Anglia.

`Every day is ordinary, I thought, until it gets interesting.'

Uhtred has grown to admire Alfred, albeit grudgingly at times, but does not feel the same respect for Alfred's heir, the ætheling Edward. Uhtred knows that Edward mistrusts him and he also knows that battles will need to be fought if the country is to be united. The Danes are not the only enemies: there is also a rival claimant for the throne.

`.., but victory does not come to men who listen to their fears.'

We see a number of different aspects of Uhtred in this novel: the tenderness he feels for King Alfred's daughter Æthelflaed; his delight in annoying the priests who believe that prayer is the path to victory; and his capacity for strategic planning for the battles he knows must be fought. Uhtred may be battle ready and cynical about the role of Christianity but his encounter with a mysterious pagan witch still leaves him shaken.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is larger than life and while he dominates the story, it fits within what we know of the history. In this blending of history and fiction, Bernard Cornwell brings this period to life. There are reminders that while Alfred's kingdom is becoming increasingly Christian, there are many who still believe in the old gods. The use of the old place names makes the setting seem more authentic - even though I had to keep turning back to check them against the current place names.
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Format: Hardcover
This is book 6, and the books 4 & 5 were good enough, but not more than that. The series badly needs a major change, and the death of King Alfred provides it. Of course the Danes are expected to take advantage, and eventually they do. There is a bloody battle at the end, but the end is more complicated than books in the past.

This is a masterful book, portraying the now-expected treacheries and deceptions. Uhtred as usual is in the middle of everything. His frankly unbelievable romance with Alfred's daughter continues, although it slides further into the background here and doesn't make me snort like it did in the last book.

Uhtred sinks to perhaps new lows by faking an angelic appearance - but who exactly will be fooled?

If you like this series, this new book is one of the strongest entries, on a par with the first 3.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I listened to this book in the car during my commute to work, and let's just say I was quite happy to stay in the right lane behind the bus. I also stayed in my driveway, or the parking lot at work, longer than needed. Goodness, what a fabulous book!!! Never has a commute been so enjoyable!

Battle scenes and warriors are not my typical fare, but first-person protagonist of this novel is EXTREMELY engaging. You get him, you're with him all the way. The writing is smooth, the imagery photographic, and the tone intelligent.
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This entire series is awesome! When will Hollywood quit making remakes of remakes and make this series into a series of movies?
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It is great to be able to order every book from a series and get them so quickly at such a reasonable price!
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