Death of Kings
By Bernard Cornwell
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061969669, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born.
As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his lifelong goal of a unified England in peril, his kingdom on the brink of chaos. Though 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.
Torn between his vows to Alfred and the desire to reclaim his long-lost ancestral lands in the north, Uhtred, Saxon-born and Viking-raised, remains the king's warrior but has sworn no oath to the crown prince. Now he must make a momentous decision that will forever transform his life and the course of history: to take up arms--and Alfred's mantle--or lay down his sword and let his liege's dream of a unified kingdom die along with him.