The Burning Land

The Last Kingdom Series Book 5

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 Harald and handing the Vikings one of their greatest defeats.

Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins

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To King Alfred he is the “lord of battles”. He has gained riches, loyal men and a beloved wife. But Uhtred is dogged by betrayal and tragedy.

The ailing Alfred presses Uhtred to swear loyalty to his son and heir Edward, preventing the warrior lord from taking vengeance on those who stole his home at Bebbanburg. Now Uhtred will once again defend the Christian kingdom – in a battle which could smash the growing power of the deadly Danes.

In so doing he meets a woman more dangerous than any warlord. A killer, a schemer with a dark power over men’s hearts: Skade.

“Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed.” The Times

“Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own.” Sunday Times

“The characterisation, as ever, is excellent…And one can only admire the little touches that bring the period to life. He can also claim to be a true poet of both the horror and the glory of war.” Sunday Telegraph

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

“He’s called a master story-teller. Really he’s cleverer than that.” Telegraph

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