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The Burning Land: A Novel
The Burning Land: A Novel
The Burning Land: A Novel
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The Burning Land: A Novel

Written by Bernard Cornwell

Narrated by John Lee

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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In a clash of heroes,the kingdom is born. At the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ill health; his heir, an untested youth. His enemy, the Danes, having failed to conquer Wessex, now see their chance for victory. Led by the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes attack. But Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worth, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats. For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy.

Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing never again to serve the Saxon king. Instead, he will reclaim his ancestral fortress on the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his old friend Ragnar – and his old foe Haesten – he aims to invade and conquer Wessex itself. Yet fate has different plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. When Alfred’s daughter pleads with Uhtred for help, he cannot refuse her request. in a desperate gamble, he takes command of a demoralized Mercian army, leading them in an unforgettable battle on a blood-soaked field beside the Thames.

In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, “The reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), delivers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England – an irresistible new chapter in his thrilling Saxon Tales, the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.

A HarperAudio production.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateJan 19, 2010
ISBN9780061953644
The Burning Land: A Novel
Author

Bernard Cornwell

BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of over fifty novels, including the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales, which serve as the basis for the hit Netflix series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I had not read a book in this series in a few years, and I now regret waiting so long. I was sucked right back into the world and actions of Uthred and enjoyed this story very much. Cornwall's ability to mix history with fun adventure and exciting (if not unrealistic) characters is outstanding. Looking forward to the next one.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Enjoyed this installment of Uhtred as much as any others. Maybe even a little more on account of some good evil characters!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Uhtread of Bamburgh continues to do good things against his bitter judgement. The series has a good period flavour, and is on a par with his Richard Sharpe works. we are involved with the education of one of king Alfred's few bastard children, and the attendant military business is well described.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Cornwell is a master story teller, no doubt about it! Uhtred is telling the story, so we know he must survive somehow, but still the narrative has the momentum to keep the reader glued to the pages!What I am loving now is how Uhtred finds his inspiration or his suggestive clues in auguries, in little details that trigger his thinking, that show him where and how to proceed. It's a beautiful touch to his character. That's the kind of open attention that really does create greatness in those times and in these.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    A good book, not as gobsmacking as the others preceding it but good nonetheless
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I started this series in search of something to occupy myself with while waiting for the next release in the Outlander series. WOW! These stories are so good that the end of the book comes far before you realize it. Highly recommend for droughtlander or any other drought you may be facing.