The Last Kingdom (The SaxonChronicles Series #1) by BernardCornwell
In the middle years of the ninth-century, the fierce Danes stormed ontoBritish soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell tothe ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fateof all England
and the course of history
depended upon one man, oneking.From New York Times bestselling storyteller Bernard Cornwell comes arousing epic adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty,love, and battle as seen through the eyes of a young warrior who straddledtwo worlds.Features:* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesThis is my first Bernard Cornwall novel and I have already ordered thesecond in the series and started it. Others have described the story but it isabout a fictional character living during the time of Saxon king Alfred theGreat. The era is harsh and there is evidence all around the characters ofthe decline in life since the Romans left 500 years before. The Saxonsinvaded, expelling the Britons to Wales and Cornwall. Now the Danes areraiding from the sea, then settling in the eastern parts of England afterkilling or expelling the Saxon inhabitants. The character is captured by theDanes as a boy of 10 after his father is killed. His captor takes a liking tothe boy after he tries to attack the Danes with a boys small sword. He liveswith the Danes and becomes a warrior with them. His captor, Ragnar,eventually names him his second son.