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The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
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Sep 29, 11

it was amazing

I loved this book, and Conwell's Uhtred of Bebbanburg has become one of my favorite characters in historical fiction. Uhtred is a Saxon who is raised by Vikings but ends up in the service of Alfred, the Saxon King of Wessex. Uhtred’s loyalties soon become torn between his new king and the Danes he loves like a brother. Yet as war between the Saxons and Vikings threatens to determine the fate of England, Uhtred must discover where his true allegiance lies. Cornwall’s masterful storytelling has the reader rooting for both sides in this conflict. The Danes are happy, life-loving people, while Alfred and his Saxons are quite dour folks. But still, Cornwall has us sympathizing with the Saxons’ plight. In the end, Uhtred’s decision is as difficult for the reader as it is for the main character, which is why this novel works so well. As far as novels about Vikings go, this one’s hard to beat!
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