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Death of Kings (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 6) (The Last Kingdom Series)

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Dived into this sixth instalment in The Saxon Stories, soon after finishing the previous book in the series, so that I can then enjoy rewatching series 3 of the adaptation, The Last Kingdom.

After a little pause, the King stretched out his hand, and the axe fell, the executioner severing his head in one clean blow. Uhtred arrives at Lundene expecting to move quickly, but Edward has been convinced by his advisors to wait, in part to await Sigelf and his 700 Kentish warriors.

From the strife and division of the Dark Ages to the blood and bravery of the Napoleonic Wars, Bernard Cornwell’s has been bringing history to life since the early Eighties when he created the unlikely hero renegade-turned-officer Richard Sharpe.

After going to the oracle himself (and experimenting with shrooms and sex), Uhtred decides to set up his own shrine and have a few Christian virgin maids (allegedly) promise victory to the Saxons and doom to the Vikings. It is the story, told in the first person, of Uhtred, a great warrior who is also the clash of cultures incarnate. Death of Kings, the sixth book in this series, and the previous book encapsulated the entire third season of the TV series, and it is difficult for me to not make any comparisons between these two even though they’re different mediums of storytelling. I have learned not to trust those times, because if the world is at peace then it means someone is planning wars. All seven books are lightly rubbed on the corners with minor creasing on the spines; no interior markings.It might seem petty but he is at pains to attempt to create the Dark Ages in sights and sound and the societal construct but then throws in these jarring notes when Uhtred or one of his men suddenly speaks like a rapper or a surf dude or the ever fragrant Aethelflaed, (my list of new cat names grows apace), struts around like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and spouts off like Germaine Greer, Roseanne Barr and Ellen deGeneres all rolled into one. They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co-funding from Spain. These seem only small whinges and in some ways they are but they do jar and as a result sometimes work against what is otherwise a wonderfully imagined world. I’ve mentioned in my review of The Burning Land that Alfred’s treatment towards Uthred was awful—and I won’t take that back—but I have to remember that their relationship is more complex than a simple love or hate, and I was gladdened to read Uthred’s contemplation and exploration on how he really feels about Alfred the Great.

Haesten does not attack, instead retreating in the night because his force was meant only to distract the Mercian army from the true threat. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. Now, Uhtred has fought for the Alfred the Great and the Saxon’s for many years, showing loyalty that many did not expect of a Saxon boy raised a Dane man. I would kill you, Uhtred,” he said mildly, “and so rid the world of a worthless piece of rat shit, but that pleasure must wait.

He must prize Alfred’s son away from the churchmen or the kingdom will most certainly fall and with it Uhtred. The sixth novel in Bernard Cornwell's epic and bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. A reviewer for National Public Radio said, "His characters are vividly drawn, betrayals lurk around every corner, the humor is as sharp as the swords, and the action is non-stop. I thought I had run out of steam with Uthred and King Alfred and their wars against the Danes in 9th century England.

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