The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but instability and the threat of Viking raids still hang heavy over Britain's kingdoms. For Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians, is dying, leaving no heir and the stage is set for rivals to fight for the throne. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Mercia's greatest warrior, has always supported Athelflaed to be Mercia's next ruler, but will the aristocracy ever accept a woman as their leader? Even one who is Aethelred's widow and sister to the king of Wessex? As the Mercians squabble and the West Saxons try to annex their country, new enemies appear on the northern frontier. The Saxons desperately need strong leadership, but instead they are fighting for an empty throne and threatening to undo the unity and strength they have fought so hard to achieve. Bernard Cornwell's new novel is an outstanding tale of a country torn apart by invasions and dynastic strife, from a master storyteller.
The eighth book in the Warrior Chronicles series, set in the turbulent times of Alfred the Great, proves again that Bernard Cornwell is a master craftsman and meticulous historian. Each page brings a greater sense of time and place of medieval England, from the damp marshes to the windswept uplands, and it is pleasing that unlike many writers of historical novels, Cornwell avoids anachronisms such as modern idioms and slang. The hero of previous novels, Uhtred, is suffering from an old war wound that inflames his temper but makes him even more guileful. The story opens with the ruler of Mercia on his deathbed without an obvious heir. But his queen is not a woman to be pushed about and she is ready for battle. Cornwell’s characterisation is, as ever, a powerful driving force while his plot is as full of action and bloodshed as any lover of swashbucklers could desire.
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
'The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.'
George R.R. Martin
'Cornwell is always in full command of his material.'
'Like GAME OF THRONES, but real'
'Tense, powerful, compulsive'
'He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that'
'Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell'
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||23rd October 2014|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up ...More About Bernard Cornwell