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Death of Kings: A Novel
Bernard Cornwell
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Death of Kings: A Novel (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories #6)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  7,389 ratings  ·  495 reviews
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, hisdream 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 Saxon cla
Published January 17th 2012 by HarperAudio (first published 2011)
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May 14, 2012 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone keen on blood and gore but able to cross their legs
Recommended to Mark by: W H Smith
A few days ago I was sent the following joke.

'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

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
Paula Lofting

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
Ah, another historical action novels from one of my guilty pleasures, Bernard Cornwell. I know, it's not literature but it sure is fun. I've heard him called the greatest living historical novelist. That might be true if we insist on the "living" qualification. While his books are always grand action-adventures of male fantasy, he's not quite Patrick O'Brian.

This latest addition to the chronical of Uhtred, the Saxon warlord is a delightful departure from the usual Cornwell style. The grand, spla
4 Stars for Death of Kings. Uhtred is back in form after the last 2 books on the series where I thought he just meandered aimlessly. Uhtred is the man with a plan in this chapter. Alfred finally kicks the bucket--after so many episodes on the "death bed". Seriously, Alfred was like a parody of a Shakespeare play, he's he's well...he's he's alive... Edward becomes king but can he keep the crown? Some great new characters show up here and Cornwell's treatment of Christians and ...more
Lee Broderick
Uhtred is back. Without giving away plot spoilers though, the book occupies awkward territory. We know it's the penultimate book in the series and the entire novel reads like a build up to that climax. Which it is; a cruel trick to play on us readers and I can only hope that the final volume arrives a little more quickly than this episode did.

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
Once again, Bernard Cornwell has provided me with a page turner that simply cannot be put down. Uhtred is probably one of my favourite anti-heroes, with his gruff demeanor, love of battle and hatred and disdain for the church, whats not to love?

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
Kate Quinn
The sixth installment in the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, impatiently awaited and worth the wait. This one has a more thoughtful tone than the others, since it hinges on everyone waiting to see when Alfred the Great will die, and whether they will be able to survive the attack that will surely come from the Danes afterward. Their best hope of keeping Alfred's fragile kingdom together is Uhtred, but will Alfred's young successor trust him? Uhtred snaps and snarls and swears at priests, del ...more
Another super instalment in the Saxon Series. Probably lacking a little of the twinkle and sparkle that I want from this series, especially since I had read The Burning Land right before Death of Kings and it served up all the twinkle and sparkle that a girl like me could need.
Rockin' ending though.

I decided to give “Death of Kings” five stars, simply because I was just so happy to read about Uthred again. What can I say, I just love his character. I must admit though, this book isn’t as good as Pale Horseman by a long shot. But of course, that one was simply my fav. This book seemed to end somewhat abruptly, so I can see where some reviewers might have felt cheated.

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
So yeah, these are still good. I've pretty much run out of ways to say "these books are still good" in the beginning of these reviews without actually saying it so I figured I'd just actually say it. This one was a bit different in vibe from the others, though. It's hard to pin down exactly what made it stand out from the other so much. It seemed darker, mostly due to the whole Alfred thing. Also the whole "cave witch" scene rivaled the talking corpse from Sword Song in terms of creepiest scenes ...more
Bernie Charbonneau
I am not sure how to honestly describe this book. Mr. Cornwell is probably my favorite historical Fiction writer and the Saxon Series, is for me, one of the best running series going. I have really enjoyed all the previous 5 novels but this latest one is a conundrum.
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
Newton Nitro
O sexto livro das aventuras do pagão mais doidimais desse lado da literatura, o mega-mass Uthred se passa logo depois d amorte do Rei Alfred, o Grande, o que detona uma disputa feroz e brutal entre Saxões e Dinamarqueses pelo controle total da terra que se tornará a Inglaterra.

A saga de Uhtred continua, agora o nosso guerreiro pagão está mais velho e maduro, porém ainda nutre seu ódio e repulsa ao cristianismo, ao mesmo tempo que luta para manter o sonho do Rei Alfred de união entre os saxões e
The sixth book in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories - following straight on from THE BURNING LAND - offers more of the same for those familiar with Uhtred's adventures. In essence, it's a time of fractured peace, with Danes lurking ever-present on the horizon and threatening to upset England's fragile state.

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
I am expecting that Cornwell is winding up his Saxon historical novels. Alfred, whose dreams of uniting England are the foundation of these books, is dying. Utred, feared but not trusted, is "exiled" to Mercia where he contemplates his future.

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
Eileen Granfors
Lots of head lopping. . . but it's the Vikings, the Angles and the Saxons.

Bernard Cornwell, the prolific author of novels about early England as well the the Sharpe series, has added a new volume to his Saxon tales. It is "Death of Kings," and what a tale he tells. As someone whose first download to my Kindle was the epic "Beowulf," I cannot praise "Death of Kings" too highly.

Uhtred is a warrior. He is tied to the ancient code of thanes bound in duty to a king so long as the king lives up to h
Quinby6696 Frank
I've never been able to get interested in Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels, but I love his other books!. Death of Kings (Saxon Tales) is a mesmerizing account of the death of Alfred the Great and the struggles of his successors to keep his dream of a united England alive. It doesn't matter that it takes at least half of the book to get the Aethelms, and Aelfadells, and Aethelflads straight in your head-- never mind the Sigulfs, and Sigurds, and Sigunns. You're routing for Uhtred the main charact ...more
Jun 23, 2013 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction and Cornwell Fans
I am an unabashed Cornwell admirer. In addition to the Richard Sharpe series, I have read all the titles in the Saxon Stories Series. This particular title is one of the best. Uhtred, is faced with a number of dilemmas. He continues to practice the Viking religion he was taught as a child even though he serves a king, Alfred, who is an extremely devout Christian. He has an ongoing love affair with Aethelred, the king's sister, who is married to another Noble. He has little wealth even though he ...more
Susan Johnson
Uhtred fights again which is not surprising since his main goal in life is to die with a sword in his hand. Uhtred is a warrior through and through. He finds peace boring and trains his men every day so they can be the best warriors. He and his sword, Sepent-Breath, was the most famous Saxon warrior. In one battle he says. "Still more men came to kill me because my name was the name poets would give to their glory."
But Uhtred is more than a warrior. He may be the Saxon warrior leader but he was
Robin Carter
I have to say that recently with Bernard Cornwell my loyalty to his skill and many years in the business have kept me coming back more that the books, dont get me wrong they were a good read, but they were not books i "HAD" to read, you know, the type that jumps to the top of your reading pile.

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
T.D. McKinnon

‘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
Jamie Langes
Another great continuation of the story of Uhtred!

As with the other 5 Saxon stories, this novel offers the evolution of the Saxons toward Englishman via a continuation of Uhtred's narrative. What I think is both great about the other stories in the series but also a bit more unique about this novel in the series, is the clever military strategy. The Death of Kings really does keep you guessing as to what will happen across the chess board. There are many moving parts to consider, and the betraya
Michael K Martin
I started reading Bernard Cornwell with the Sharpe series. Not only was I entertained, I also gobbled up several thousand dollars worth of history classes. I now know a lot about the Wellington's campaigns in Portugal, Spain, and France.

This book covers another era altogether, and probably has more speculation in it, because the history around the Dane/Saxon wars in England is is a lot older and incomplete. However, the characters are strongly written, and I gobbled this book in a matter of day
Urthred is now more mature and still has great reputation. Still fighting for Alfred, Aethelflaed and later for Edward, he is now in Mercia hoping to defeat the local Danish lords. This book has the key ingredients for another great Saxon story: betrayal, death, shield wall and Urthred!

In my opinion though, the best book of this series so far was the ‘Lords of the North’. I can understand why the author keep Urthred away from Bebbanburg so he can be closer to the events that will lead to the cre
Closer to 4.5. Not because of anything spectacular (although the ending is quite fantastic) but just because it is Bernard Cornwell writing and Uthred of Babbenburg narrating. A great mix in my opinion. The perfect blend! Now that I am finally completely caught up in the series I WILL be running out to get the next installment the minute it is available...hopefully by 9/2013!!
I've never read a series of books so quickly. I can't wait to get to the next one!

This one was a real page turner too. The end was crazy, so hard to put down!! I don't think there is a series of books I have enjoyed more.
I'm trying to be more discerning with my ratings, but how can I not give this 5 stars? These books keep getting better and better and Goodreads will have to reinvent its rating system so I can do them justice.
Max Connery
“Death of Kings” is the sixth volume in the Saxon Tales, and the reader is again given a first row seat for the exploits of the ultimate warrior: Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

No one captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the Dark Ages like Bernard Cromwell. He takes a distant, unfamiliar time and brings it to our firesides, capturing the atmosphere, brutality, and political-clergical entanglements of 900 AD.

A story of divided loyalties, mounting chaos, and the rise of a young, uncertain king, “De
Long awaited 6th in the Alfred series. Happy to hear there will be a seventh!
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwe ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories (9 books)
  • The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
  • The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2)
  • Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3)
  • Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4)
  • The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5)
  • The Pagan Lord (The Saxon Stories, #7)
  • The Empty Throne (The Saxon Stories, #8)
  • Warriors of Darkness (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories #9)
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles, #1) The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2) Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3) The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, #1)

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