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 Allied along with his previous pal Ragnar—and his outdated foe Haesten—he goals to invade and triumph over Wessex itself.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.