Death of Kings (The Saxon Stories #6)
The fate of a new nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior in this thrilling sixth volume in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series.
As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies 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 Saxo...more
But, is it too late?
Indeed, despite this last ditch attempt, Alfred’s en ...more
In an England ravaged by Danes, as marvelously and meticulously laid out by Bernard Cornwell in his The Last Kingdom series, an English lord with Danish roots finds himself often at odds with which side to side with.
Here in book six Death of Kings, the English king who's ruled since the beginning of the series finally kicks the bucket and now the new kid gets to sit in the big boy chair...and the new kid is shitting his br ...more
'A girl, no better than she should be, goes to the local council to gain some help. She has ten sons and when asked their names she says
"Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan etc ". The official asks her 'Isn't that a bit confusing ?'. 'No', she says 'It makes my life so much easier. I just go out into the street and say 'Nathan, time for bed' or 'Nathan, time for supper' and in they come. Simple as that'.
'But what happens if you want to speak to one individ ...more
Uhtred, who was born into Saxon nobility in Northumberland but kidnapped and raised a Dane, continues to serve the Christian king of Wessex. He ha ...more
Bernard Cornwell is a prolific author, and usually reliable to deliver a solid historical novel with clearly sketched battle scenes and heroic deeds of valor, yet not all things are created equal and I have come to appreciate some of his stuff more than others. The Saxon Chronicles are at the top of my preference list, together with his Arthurian epic (The Warlord Saga). And Death of Kings may be the best of the Saxon books published yet.
Alfred the Great is on his death bed, his long illness ...more
I find myself quickly catching up on this series. These books always seem to go by so quickly. They aren't exactly short, but they tend to be far shorter than many of the doorstopper fantasy books I favor. I will say that much like The Last Kingdom, this did feel like part of a book.
That isn't to say this book comes to an abrupt ending, but much is left unresolved, and I suspect The Paga ...more
The blurb: The 6th book in the Uhtred series. As usual, Uhtred is at odds with most of his fellow countrymen, hunted by the Danes that he admires and banished to an impoverished estate in Mercia. His only ally is his lover Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians and King Alfred's daughter. When the King dies, Uhtred is compelled as usual to swear another oath and this time he pledges to serve his old King's son, Edward, the new king and ensure that Edward's cousin, Aethelwold, his cousin, does not get ...more
Rockin' ending though.
This latest addition to the chronical of Uhtred, the Saxon warlord is a delightful departure from the usual Cornwell style. The grand, spla ...more
Uhtred has some fun along the way, but is mostly chasing shadows through the book, and it's always a little disappointing to figure things out before the h ...more
Depois de derrotar o exército de Haesten em Beamflot, outro perigo se aproxima: a morte de Alfredo, o Grande. Com a saúde extremamente debilitada, a qualquer hora o rei pode morrer e os dinamarqueses só pensam em se aproveitar desse momento para finalmente conquistar Wessex, depois de várias tentativas frustradas.
Para mim, o 6º livro das Crônicas Saxônicas não manteve o bom ritmo dos livros anteriores. Não que isso seja ruim, mas eu estava tão acostum ...more
As always, Bernards story resides within historical fact, with the death of King Alfred and the succession of his son King Edward the Elder eventually making battle with the Danes, with the backdrop of Aethelwolds revolt included. I love these books beca ...more
Alfred is dying... Or is he? There he goes... wait, sorry, still alive. For how long? And will this mean war, again? An end to the tentative and ...more
With the war ...more
There are so many things I love about Bernard Cornwell’s writing. One is that he captures the time period so well. I feel li ...more
In this latest novel I felt it was a disconnection from the the previous novels. The excitement and flow of the adventure just wasn't apparent in this piece of the Anglo-Saxon history. This to me read like a recap of what has transpi ...more
Another good entry in this series which I enjoyed a bit more than the last book. In the past several books Uhtred has been one step ahead of his/Alfred's enemies. He always seemed to be able to anticipate what his foes were thinking and planning. We finally come to the end of Alfred's reign and Uhtred is sure he knows what will happen after ...more
When I was read ...more
But Uhtred is more than a warrior. He may be the Saxon warrior leader but he was ...more
Well Death of Kings puts that to bed, Bernard is really back to his best, for me at least. I always loved the sarcasm and explosive violence of Uthred, his utter disregard for the church in a time where ev ...more
‘Death of Kings’ is the sixth book in the ‘Saxon Chronicles’ series. The land that would one day be England, at the end of the 9th century AD, is more than fifty percent occupied by Danish speaking Norsemen. They initially raided as Vikings more than one hundred years before, and had now been invading and settling the land for nearly fifty years.
By this time most of the English speaking population had converted to Christianity and King Alfred (remembered now as Alfred the Great), King of Wessex ...more
A slower start than the other novels has Utred seeking out a soothsayer in hopes of learning how the conflicts between Saxon and Dane will be resolved upon Alfred's death. After 100 pages we get to see how Utred's strategic efforts stand up against the tact ...more
It's no great spoiler to reveal that Alfred the Great dies in this outing, which makes for some intriguing events, but elsewhere there's little to distinguish this book from the rest in the se ...more
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