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Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
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Mar 14, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 14 to 19, 2012

Another rousing tale from Bernard Cornwell!! My second Cornwell book has proven to be as satisfying as the first and I am beginning to realize, to my delight, that in the field of historical fiction, Mr. Cornwell shares the world stage with such current heavy-weights of the genre as Dent and Penman, who both "know their Stuff" when it comes to historical aspects.

'Sword Song' is a stirring tune of Saxons, Northmen and a legendary king with history being the vital center on which to base their deeds. The world of ancient Brittany after the Romans is intriguing and well presented...which doesn't mean dull...there's sword play, derring-do, and sailing ships aplenty. I especially enjoyed Mr. Cornwell's depiction of Alfred the Great, which was as insightful and as ordered as the king's mind seems to have been.

My only regret is that I inadvertently read the last book of the Saxon Series first...but no harm done...I look forward to the preceding novels which Will be read in order.
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