Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell

Sword Song

By Bernard Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
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Description

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. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord—warrior by instinct, Viking by nature—has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs: a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have arrived to occupy the decayed Roman city of London. Their dream is to conquer Wessex, and to do it they need Uhtred's help.

Alfred has other ideas. He wants Uhtred to expel the Viking raiders from London. Uhtred must weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles. And other storm clouds are gathering: Ætheleflæd—Alfred's daughter—is newly married, but by a cruel twist of fate, her very existence now threatens Alfred's kingdom. It is Uhtred—half Saxon, half Dane—whose uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future.

A gripping story of love, deceit, and violence, Sword Song is set in an England of tremendous turmoil and strife—yet one galvanized by the hope that Alfred may prove an enduring force. Uhtred, his lord of war and greatest warrior, has become his sword—a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain.

Reviews

  • Sword Song

    5
    By Criss gallo
    Excellent beyond measure!
  • Most Excellent

    5
    By MikeC690720
    This book, the fourth in what is called the Saxon Chronicles, is another superb work presented to us by a masterful author. The true hero of the book, a Saxon warrior who had been raised from youth by the Danes, reluctantly fights for Alfred (the Great) and the Kingdom of Essex, that will later evolve into what we now know as England. The author's mastery of the tale in a historical setting yields a book that you simply cannot put down. Valor and cowardice, treachery and loyalty, honor and ignominy, plus ambition, vision, love, and hatred--and even more than that, all of which which makes for a volatile and fast-moving mix in a troubled time of brutal conflict. Cornwell is a compelling weaver of tales with twists and turns nested within the twists and turns--but his skill with the pen (or word processor!) make it all so very plausible. Guys--and it is very much a guy book--will not be able to put it down.
  • Sword Song

    5
    By AdeP
    This is an engrossing story. Like the other novels in the Saxon Tales, I was transported back to the 9th century. Plenty of action and unexpected twists to the plot. A great "guy" book.

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