Death of Kings
The Last Kingdom Series Book 6
As the ninth century wanes, England is perched once more on the brink of chaos. King Alfred is dying; with his passing, the island of Britain seems doomed to renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son Edward to succeed him, but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne, as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Death of Kings is an outstanding novel by a master storyteller of how England was made – and very nearly lost.
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Alfred, the great king, is said to be dying. Rivals for his succession are poised to tear the kingdom apart – the country Alfred has worked thirty years to build is about to disintegrate.
Uhtred, the King’s warrior, Saxon born but Viking raised, wants more than anything else to go and fight to reclaim his stolen Northumbrian inheritance. But he knows that if he deserts the King’s cause, Alfred’s dream – and indeed the future of the English nation – will very likely vanish.
A man torn between two worlds must decide where his loyalty lies and play his part in the story of how England was made – and very nearly lost.
“A master of storytelling.” Sunday Telegraph
“Cornwell really makes history come alive.” George R.R. Martin
“A reminder of just how good a writer he is.” Sunday Times
“This is a magnificent and gory work.” Daily Mail
“A runaway success.” Observer