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The Burning Land (Saxon Chronicles, Bk 5)
The Burning Land - Saxon Chronicles, Bk 5
Author: Bernard Cornwell
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 Ha...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060888749
ISBN-10: 0060888741
Publication Date: 1/1/2010
Pages: 320
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Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Hardcover
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This is Book 5 of the Saxon Chronicles.

Somehow, Cornwell continues to find ways to test the loyalties of Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Wounded deeply by his own personal tragedies, Uhtred violently shakes himself free from the bonds of his oath to Alfred and once again seeks the refuge of the north. It is there that he finds himself among allies and enemies alike, involved in a plot to do what has never been done before, to do what he has endured blood and battle to prevent: Uhtred plans to aide the Danes in the conquest of Wessex.

But the fates were kind (or cruel) enough to remind Uhtred of an earlier oath, sworn to one that he would willingly and without hesitation give his life to defend. And so, once again, Uhtred finds his steps turning south. In order to protect those that he loves, he must also turn his back on others that he loves as well.

Everything that made the last four books great is present here as well. My only complaint is that it had to end. Fortunately, this is not the end of the series as Cornwell has promised that Uhtred and his blades will be needed yet again. There is still so much of this story left to tell, and I look forward to seeing where Uhtred's wandering path will lead him next.
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