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By Bernard Cornwell

In a conflict of heroes, the dominion is born. on the finish of the 9th century, King Alfred of Wessex is in in poor health healthiness; his inheritor, an untested early life. His enemy, the Danes, having did not overcome Wessex, now see their probability for victory. Led by means of the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes assault. yet Uhtred, Alfred's reluctant warlord, proves his worthy, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one among their maximum defeats. For Uhtred, the wonder of victory is quickly overshadowed through tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing by no means back to serve the Saxon king. as an alternative, he'll reclaim his ancestral castle at the Northumbrian coast. Allied along with his previous pal Ragnar—and his outdated foe Haesten—he goals to invade and triumph over Wessex itself. but destiny has various plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. while Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for support, he can't refuse her request. In a determined gamble, he is taking command of a demoralized Mercian military, top them in an unforgettable conflict on a blood-soaked box beside the Thames. within the Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of old fiction" (USA Today), offers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England—an impossible to resist new bankruptcy in his exciting Saxon stories, the epic tale of the start of britain and the mythical king who made it attainable.

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Af­ter the ac­cla­ma­tion there was a feast in the lone hall that stood on Dol­for­wyn’s sum­mit. It was a mea­gre feast, rich­er in mead and ale than in food, but it was a chance for Cune­glas to tell the war­riors his hopes for his reign. He spoke first of the war that had just end­ed. He named the dead of Lugg Vale, and promised his men that those war­riors had not died in vain. ‘What they achieved,’ he said, ‘is peace be­tween the Britons. ’ That caused some growls among the war­riors, but Cune­glas stilled them with a raised hand.

Sil­uria is a prob­lem,’ Arthur went on, ig­nor­ing my ques­tion. He stopped, frown­ing as he thought about Gundleus’s king­dom. ’ He spoke with a deep dis­taste. To the rest of us cor­rupt gov­ern­ment was as nat­ural as snow in win­ter or flow­ers in the spring­time, but Arthur was gen­uine­ly hor­ri­fied by it. These days we re­mem­ber Arthur as a war­lord, as the shin­ing man in pol­ished ar­mour who car­ried a sword in­to leg­end, but he would have want­ed to be re­mem­bered as noth­ing but a good, hon­est and just ruler.

He was said to be the hand­somest man in Britain, and so he was if you liked his dark, thin, long, al­most rep­til­ian face. He was dressed in a black coat striped with white, wore a gold torque at his throat and had a cir­cle of gold bind­ing his long black hair that was oiled smooth against his scalp be­fore cas­cad­ing down his back. His beard, trimmed to a sharp point, was al­so oiled. ’ Mer­lin an­swered care­less­ly, beck­on­ing to a slave who was car­ry­ing a dish of pork to­wards the high ta­ble.

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