Sword Song (The Saxon Stories #4)
The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish Kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Warrior by instinct and Viking by nature, Uhtred, the dispos...more
One of the virtues I'll mention is loyalty. Uhtred, the protagonist, is consistently faced with choosing between what he wants and what he has promised. Also, and related to the former in this story, fate is a critical part. The interplay between the two themes is interesting and there's something to be gained...more
There is lots of good period detail here as well as a plot that is gripping, well placed and surprising in places. As you would exp...more
Cornwell continues his journey through King Alfred the Great's evolving life to create a unified England and rid the island of the Danes who have conquered, lost, reconquered, and lost much of the lands outside of Wessex (although they did take quite a bit of that for a time, too). Instead of using many facts for this iteration, however, Cornwell decides to invoke his im...more
The Saxon Chronicles, panned from the outset as Cornwell trying to return to his British roots, has proven to be a juggernaut that cannot be stopped by bad and, in this case, off-base, press reviews.
Book 4, 'Sword Song: The Battle for London', continues the story of Lord Uhtred, Saxon born, Dane raised, sworn man of King Alfred the great. In this installment, Uhtred fights to take London back from the invading Northemen, the Vikings....more
Uhtred bekommt mal wieder einen herzallerliebsten Auftrag von seinem verhassten König Ælfred. Diesmal soll er die Dänenbrüder Sigefrid und Erik Thurgilson aus Lundene werfen. Doch natürlich wäre Ælfred nicht der, dem Uhtred liebend gern den Hals umdrehen würde, wenn es da nicht eine klitzekleine Bedingung gäbe: Uhtred darf wieder mal die ganze Drecksarbeit machen, während sein scheinheiliger Vetter Æthelred die Lorbeeren einheimsen sol...more
Alfred continua a querer aumentar o seu reino e os seus olhos viram-se agora para a expansão a Norte. A forma mais rápida sendo o dar um regente ao Sul de Mercia. O eleito é Æthelred, primo de Uthred, que permanecerá...more
It is, in my opinion, the least interesting of the four. The battle scenes, as in all Cornwell's writings, are drawn with extraordinary clarity. There are also some very interesting new characters, Siegfried and Erik, two Norsemen brothers plus an assortment of priests, warriors, and women.
The thread of the story involves the desire of Siegfried and Erik to conquer Wessex, Alfred the Great's ki...more
If you've read the previous three books in the series, you know the deal by now. Uhtred is a Saxon raised by Danes, a fearsome warlord in reluctant service to King Alfred of Wessex, a King with ambitions to create and rule a nation called England. Uht...more
Once again, it's an eventful and compelling read, not least because it's action packed from beginning to end. Uhtred is forced into confronting the Vikings in the London area again and again, with things culminating in one of the most ferocious battles yet written by the author. Each battle is incredibly vi...more
I have to say that I'm proud of Uhtred. A whole 300+ pages and he didn't commit a single...more
'Sword Song' is a stirring tune of Saxons, Northmen and a legendary king with history being the vital center on which to base their de...more
The story is narrated by Uhtred, half Saxon,half Dane a warrior and lord in his own right. The essence of this plot is the taking of Lundene (London) and how Alfred manages to incorporate it into his own kingdom of Wessex after defeating the Danes (helped of course by Uhtred).
The historical research is second to none, and alt...more
I think the reason this book works for me is partly th...more
In this next to last Saxon tale, Uhtred is once again back in Wessex, pledged to King Alfred despite his best intentions, and forced to watch as Alfred relies on his military skills, while sharing his kingdom with Uhtred's slimy cousin, Aethelred.
Aethelred was a real historical figure who probably behaved better than Cornwell has given him credit for, the author admits, but he needs a villain as a foil for his hero Uhtred. In this book, we encounter two more Norse warriors, the brothers Sigifred...more
Uhtred, who really only wants to return to his family and his rightful home in Bebbanburg (Bamburgh in Northumberland), must weigh his oath to Alfred against various offers and alliances that could make him rich and powerful.
The novel is narrated by Uhtred, a dispossessed Northumbrian lord who's now sworn to King Alfred. But a group of devious Vikings want Uhtred to be their king in Mercia -- although what they really want is to control the whole island, starting with London (which Uhtred calls Lundene).
Uhtred is a warrior, and he relishes describing the battles he's been in. So the book is prett...more
Set in 885, this book chronicles the beginnings of the England we know today as seen through the eyes of Uhtred. It is set in a time of great upheaval, with Danes controlling the north and a hearty group of Saxons in the south. Uhtred, working for King Al...more
For the lover of history, the series is fun and...more