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The fate of a new nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior in this thrilling sixth volume in the acclaimed New York Times best-selling Saxon Tales series.
As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north.
Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows to Alfred and his desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands and castle in the north. As the king’s warrior, he is duty-bound, but Alfred’s reign is nearing its end, and Uhtred has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Despite his long years of service, Uhtred is still loath to commit to the old king’s Saxon cause of a united and Christian England. Now he must make a momentous decision, one that will forever transform his life... and the course of history: take up arms - and Alfred’s mantle - or lay down his sword and allow the dream of a unified kingdom to fall into oblivion.
©2011 Bernard Cornwell (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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By Bill on 04-13-15

Love Cornwell. Hate this reader

Great story. Terrible reader. Very disappointed in the performance. And the director even more for allowing it to happen. Love the series though.

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By reball01 on 07-06-15

Note to readers--the "J" has a "yuh" phoneme!!!

I've read ALL of the Saxon Stories available as of 7/6/2015 and have loved every one!

But, there are a few problems:

Cornwell includes notes in his books at the very end. For some reason, the author's notes aren't read on the recording at the end of the book or, at least, not consistently! Can you really call the book "unabridged" at that point?! :)

Also, if you sail into "fjord", it's pronounced "fih-YORD", If you fight Kjartan The Cruel and refer to him as "kih-JAR-tin" then you've successfully distracted me from my listening pleasure. I then stop listening and choose a few select words for the reader/performer, his engineer, the producer...all of you!

But, then again, the books are SO GOOD!!! :)

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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