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In the middle years of the ninth-century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fate of all England—and the course of history—depended upon one man, one king.

From New York Times bestselling storyteller Bernard Cornwell comes a rousing epic adventure of courage, treachery, duty, devotion, majesty, love, and battle as seen through the eyes of a young warrior who straddled two worlds.

Topics: Vikings, War, Kings, Adventurous, First Person Narration, England, Series, Coming of Age, Medieval Period, First in a Series, Soldiers, Royalty, and Military

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061760884
List price: $5.99
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How frustrating! After having suffered from insomnia for years I now discover that all along there was a big selection of turgid tomes by Bernard Cornwell to choose from!I have had more fun watching wood warp!read more
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Wow, just wow. Bernard Cornwell continues to impress me not just with his characterization and prose, but with his attention to time-setting and historical accuracy. In any case, this is one rowdy story filled with passion, honor, personal truth and lots of blood. :) Can't wait to pick up the next installment.read more
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I enjoyed this book, to a point, but I didn't particularly enjoy the bloody and repeated battle scenes. This is the beginning of the history of Alfred the Great and early English history, and I know the era was a bloody one with a lot of fighting as the English battled the Danish invaders. I appreciate tremendously the scholarship and research that went into the writing of this novel, because it is intense. My gut feeling tells me this is very realistic historic fiction. It was just a bit too realistic, I guess!read more
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How frustrating! After having suffered from insomnia for years I now discover that all along there was a big selection of turgid tomes by Bernard Cornwell to choose from!I have had more fun watching wood warp!
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Wow, just wow. Bernard Cornwell continues to impress me not just with his characterization and prose, but with his attention to time-setting and historical accuracy. In any case, this is one rowdy story filled with passion, honor, personal truth and lots of blood. :) Can't wait to pick up the next installment.
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I enjoyed this book, to a point, but I didn't particularly enjoy the bloody and repeated battle scenes. This is the beginning of the history of Alfred the Great and early English history, and I know the era was a bloody one with a lot of fighting as the English battled the Danish invaders. I appreciate tremendously the scholarship and research that went into the writing of this novel, because it is intense. My gut feeling tells me this is very realistic historic fiction. It was just a bit too realistic, I guess!
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The story of an English boy named Uhtred who is captured and raised by the Danes and struggles with conflicting loyalties to men and country.
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While I don't usually care for violence and blood, this book is thrilling. For once, the violence really means something, and, somehow, unreasonable though it may be, it happened over 500 years ago and doesn't seem as horrible somehow as violence in the present or recent past does. This is a personal story of a boy, whose father, gave him little affection or attention, who was captured by the Danes as he watched the battle in which his father was killed. He learned to like the Danes, especially the man who captured him, Ragnar, who treated him so well and gave him so much attention that he began to look upon Ragnar as his father. He spied for the Danes and fought for them, came to know Alfred while he still lived with the Danes, and saw the English way of life as restrictive and weak, as he thought their God was. Yet he always remembered that he should have been Elderman of a Northumbrian English city, but his deceitful uncle had stolen the title and land and held it for himself and his own son. Part of the reason that Uhtred returned to the English camp was to avenge the death of his Viking "father" and partly, he wanted Alfred to declare in his favor for the city and title he should rightfully hold, as proven in documents. The book gives a lot of insight into war, especially into war in those days. Much of the insight applies to events and actions of today. The story is well told, with good character studies, and an vast, but easily followed, array of characters. I will definitely look for more books in the series and by the author.
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Bad for Cornwell but not still not bad. Not enough revenge or love.
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