Death of Kings

Death of Kings The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation As the ninth century wanes England appears about to be plunged into chaos once For the Viking rais

  • Title: Death of Kings
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780007331789
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Death of Kings

    The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once For the Viking raised but Saxon born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices King Alfred is dying and his passing threThe master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation As the ninth century wanes, England appears about to be plunged into chaos once For the Viking raised but Saxon born warrior, Uhtred, whose life seems to shadow the making of England, this presents him with difficult choices King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain 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 Uhtred s loyalty and his vows were to Alfred, not to his son, and despite his long years of service to Alfred, he is still not committed to the Saxon cause His own desire is to reclaim his long lost lands and castle to the north But the challenge to him, as the king s warrior, is that he knows that he will either be the means of making Alfred s dream of a united and Christian England come to pass or be responsible for condemning it to oblivion This novel is a dramatic story of the power of tribal commitment and the terrible difficulties of divided loyalties This is the making of England magnificently brought to life.

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    1. Bookdragon Sean

      This series gets better with age. Over the years Uhtred has fought in countless battles and he has slain a countless number of people. He has led warriors, and even armies, all in the name of Alfred the Great, and now Alfred is dying; he is old, sick and full of bitter regret. On his death bed he tries one more time to unify England under the banner of Wessex, and, as ever, Uthred must lead this final unrewarding attempt.But, is it too late? Indeed, despite this last ditch attempt, Alfred’s en [...]

    2. Jason Koivu

      These books make me wanna go ledzeppelinexreisner/so !!!In an England ravaged by Danes, as marvelously and meticulously laid out by Bernard Cornwell in his The Last Kingdom series, an English lord with Danish roots finds himself often at odds with which side to side with. Here in book six Death of Kings, the English king who's ruled since the beginning of the series finally kicks the bucket and now the new kid gets to sit in the big boy chaird the new kid is shitting his britches. Lord Uhtred to [...]

    3. Mark

      A few days ago I was sent the following joke.'A girl, no better than she should be, goes to the local council to gain some help. She has ten sons and when asked their names she says"Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan etc ". The official asks her 'Isn't that a bit confusing ?'. 'No', she says 'It makes my life so much easier. I just go out into the street and say 'Nathan, time for bed' or 'Nathan, time for supper' and in they come. Simple as that'.'But what happens if you want to speak to one individ [...]

    4. StoryTellerShannon

      Uhtred is back in the sixth installment of the Saxon series. King Alfred (later known as Alfred the Great to us) is dying and is dead partway through the story, leaving the kingdom open to attack from different opponents, especially the Danes. But they don't attack right away and this puzzles Uhtred so he goes off exploring into Dane territory as well as seeking the input from a witch. Of course, more is happening than Uhtred realizes and don't worry because there will be fighting with Danes. Th [...]

    5. Algernon

      Bernard Cornwell is a prolific author, and usually reliable to deliver a solid historical novel with clearly sketched battle scenes and heroic deeds of valor, yet not all things are created equal and I have come to appreciate some of his stuff more than others.The Saxon Chroniclesare at the top of my preference list, together with his Arthurian epic (The Warlord Saga). And Death of Kings may be the best of the Saxon books published yet. Alfred the Great is on his death bed, his long illness prog [...]

    6. Michael

      I thought I had run out of steam with Uthred and King Alfred and their wars against the Danes in 9th century England. But the BBC America mini-series production of “The Last Kingdom” was so tasty and fabulous, I got hungry for Cornwell’s writing again. So glad I did. This one was so satisfying, up there with the thrills of the first one of the series. Uhtred, who was born into Saxon nobility in Northumberland but kidnapped and raised a Dane, continues to serve the Christian king of Wessex. [...]

    7. Tammy

      Uhtred of Bebbanburg loves nothing more than defeating his enemies in battle. In his older age he's added something new to his game: Deceit. Misdirection. Manipulation. Magic."For some reason I thought of Ludda and how he had told me that all magic is making someone think one thing while, in truth, another is happening. 'You make them watch your right hand, lord,' he told me once, 'while your left is picking their purse.'"Reading Uhtred was fun as usual. In his 40's still kicking ass. I particul [...]

    8. Rob

      Executive Summary: Another solid entry in this series. Uthred's adventures continue to entertain.Full ReviewI find myself quickly catching up on this series. These books always seem to go by so quickly. They aren't exactly short, but they tend to be far shorter than many of the doorstopper fantasy books I favor. I will say that much like The Last Kingdom, this did feel like part of a book.That isn't to say this book comes to an abrupt ending, but much is left unresolved, and I suspect The Pagan [...]

    9. Paula Lofting

      The blurb: The 6th book in the Uhtred series. As usual, Uhtred is at odds with most of his fellow countrymen, hunted by the Danes that he admires and banished to an impoverished estate in Mercia. His only ally is his lover Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians and King Alfred's daughter. When the King dies, Uhtred is compelled as usual to swear another oath and this time he pledges to serve his old King's son, Edward, the new king and ensure that Edward's cousin, Aethelwold, his cousin, does not get [...]

    10. Terri

      Another super instalment in the Saxon Series. Probably lacking a little of the twinkle and sparkle that I want from this series, especially since I had read The Burning Land right before Death of Kings and it served up all the twinkle and sparkle that a girl like me could need.Rockin' ending though.

    11. Joe

      Ah, another historical action novels from one of my guilty pleasures, Bernard Cornwell. I know, it's not literature but it sure is fun. I've heard him called the greatest living historical novelist. That might be true if we insist on the "living" qualification. While his books are always grand action-adventures of male fantasy, he's not quite Patrick O'Brian.This latest addition to the chronical of Uhtred, the Saxon warlord is a delightful departure from the usual Cornwell style. The grand, spla [...]

    12. Mike

      4 Stars for Death of Kings. Uhtred is back in form after the last 2 books on the series where I thought he just meandered aimlessly. Uhtred is the man with a plan in this chapter. Alfred finally kicks the bucket--after so many episodes on the "death bed". Seriously, Alfred was like a parody of a Shakespeare play, he's dead he's wellhe's dead he's alive Edward becomes king but can he keep the crown? Some great new characters show up here and Cornwell's treatment of Christians and priests is more [...]

    13. Lee Broderick

      Uhtred is back. Without giving away plot spoilers though, the book occupies awkward territory. We know it's the penultimate book in the series and the entire novel reads like a build up to that climax. Which it is; a cruel trick to play on us readers and I can only hope that the final volume arrives a little more quickly than this episode did.Uhtred has some fun along the way, but is mostly chasing shadows through the book, and it's always a little disappointing to figure things out before the h [...]

    14. Mark Harrison

      More battles for Uthred as he keeps Wessex safe from the Danes. The book is a bit of a watershed given what happens and felt a little slow compared to others in the series. Still a decent tale and sets up the rest of the series nicely.

    15. Nate

      So yeah, these are still good. I've pretty much run out of ways to say "these books are still good" in the beginning of these reviews without actually saying it so I figured I'd just actually say it. This one was a bit different in vibe from the others, though. It's hard to pin down exactly what made it stand out from the other so much. It seemed darker, mostly due to the whole Alfred thing. Also the whole "cave witch" scene rivaled the talking corpse from Sword Song in terms of creepiest scenes [...]

    16. Vagner Stefanello

      Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:Depois de derrotar o exército de Haesten em Beamflot, outro perigo se aproxima: a morte de Alfredo, o Grande. Com a saúde extremamente debilitada, a qualquer hora o rei pode morrer e os dinamarqueses só pensam em se aproveitar desse momento para finalmente conquistar Wessex, depois de várias tentativas frustradas.Para mim, o 6º livro das Crônicas Saxônicas não manteve o bom ritmo dos livros anteriores. Não que isso seja ruim, mas eu estava t [...]

    17. Kate Quinn

      The sixth installment in the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, impatiently awaited and worth the wait. This one has a more thoughtful tone than the others, since it hinges on everyone waiting to see when Alfred the Great will die, and whether they will be able to survive the attack that will surely come from the Danes afterward. Their best hope of keeping Alfred's fragile kingdom together is Uhtred, but will Alfred's young successor trust him? Uhtred snaps and snarls and swears at priests, del [...]

    18. Rob

      Once again, Bernard Cornwell has provided me with a page turner that simply cannot be put down. Uhtred is probably one of my favourite anti-heroes, with his gruff demeanor, love of battle and hatred and disdain for the church, whats not to love? As always, Bernards story resides within historical fact, with the death of King Alfred and the succession of his son King Edward the Elder eventually making battle with the Danes, with the backdrop of Aethelwolds revolt included. I love these books beca [...]

    19. Alicja

      The Norns carved out a drama-filled historical plot better than any author could. So Cornwell's brilliant writing is just a cherry on top of a fascinating and complex historical ice cream sunday. As with others in this series, it doesn't disappoint. Actually, it does the opposite and makes me squee in laughter and tense up from the drama in equal parts. Alfred is dying Or is he? There he goes wait, sorry, still alive. For how long? And will this mean war, again? An end to the tentative and tempo [...]

    20. Suzanne

      I spent a lot of time being frustrated with the kings and hoping they all die. I thought this book was well crafted - various plotlines connected well, and it introduced yet another secondary character that I really like!

    21. Krista Baetiong Tungol

      In 899, the great King Alfred of Wessex, who is well-regarded by his people for his fairness, keen intellect and commanding supremacy, scoffed at by foes for his religious zeal, and known as the architect of a systematic government that has allowed the advancement of their culture, law and organization, is dying, and everyone believes it is only a matter of time before the great army of Danes and some ambitious Saxons wanting to be kings step in and claim the kingdom for themselves. With the war [...]

    22. Willow

      I decided to give “Death of Kings” five stars, simply because I was just so happy to read about Uthred again. What can I say, I just love his character. I must admit though, this book isn’t as good as Pale Horseman by a long shot. But of course, that one was simply my fav. This book seemed to end somewhat abruptly, so I can see where some reviewers might have felt cheated. There are so many things I love about Bernard Cornwell’s writing. One is that he captures the time period so well. I [...]

    23. Bernie Charbonneau

      I am not sure how to honestly describe this book. Mr. Cornwell is probably my favorite historical Fiction writer and the Saxon Series, is for me, one of the best running series going. I have really enjoyed all the previous 5 novels but this latest one is a conundrum.In this latest novel I felt it was a disconnection from the the previous novels. The excitement and flow of the adventure just wasn't apparent in this piece of the Anglo-Saxon history. This to me read like a recap of what has transpi [...]

    24. Ctgt

      I walked out of the shadow. The helmet’s face-plates were closed, my mail and boots were blood-spattered, Serpent-Breath was reddened. “Who’s next?” I asked.Another good entry in this series which I enjoyed a bit more than the last book. In the past several books Uhtred has been one step ahead of his/Alfred's enemies. He always seemed to be able to anticipate what his foes were thinking and planning. We finally come to the end of Alfred's reign and Uhtred is sure he knows what will happe [...]

    25. Susana

      Well, Uhtred is in trouble, Alfred's death and that only made things worse so far. Really fantastic series, wonderful plot an enjoyful series. But it looks like the 10th volume has just been release and not sure it is the last onemmmm will continue reading and thanking Cornwell for creating this adventures, very illustrative, enthralling and heart wrenching sometimes.

    26. Bob Cantrell

      This was another good book about the efforts of the early Saxons of England to gain control of England. Bernard Cornwall does an excellent job in telling this story I feel. The characters are real and you can get to like them as the story goes along. My favorite character is Uhtred, a man of many facets. The plot of this book revolves around the death of Alfred and his son, Edward, coming to rule Wessex and a more unified England. It is not an easy task as other Saxons and Danes want to rule Wes [...]

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