Sword Song

The Last Kingdom Series Book 4

The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and Alfred’s kingdom of Wessex in the south. But trouble stirs, a dead man has risen and new Vikings have arrived to occupy London.

It is a dangerous time, and it falls to Uhtred, half Saxon, half Dane, a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain, to expel the Viking raiders and take control of London for Alfred. His uncertain loyalties must now decide England’s future.

A gripping story of love, rivalry and violence, Sword Song tells the story of England’s making.

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins

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To serve a king or become one? Uhtred – warrior, pagan, scourge of the Vikings – faces a hard choice.

Despite being offered a crown of his own, Uhtred is a man of his word. And he gave it to King Alfred of Wessex, who dreams of an England free from Vikings. So when the king orders him to take London from the Danes and hand it to his foolish son-in-law Aethelred, Uhtred agrees despite his concerns.

For Aethelred’s wife is the king’s spirited daughter Aethelflaed and her fate is entwined with Uhtred’s. And fate will not be denied …

“Ninth-century Britain and a master of storytelling – it’s a marriage made in heaven.” Telegraph

“The characterisation, as ever, is excellent…And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life: the bitter weather; the swollen rivers; the soldiers gossiping about ale and women…he can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war, showing a feeling for the ways of fighting men which is too often lacking in the politicians who send them into battle.” Sunday Telegraph

“This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive in scope, brilliant in execution.” News of the World

“Cornwell’s narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.” Observer

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