The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
(The Saxon Chronicles, Book 5)

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The fifth installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling Saxon Tales chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer, London)—the basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC America television series.

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.

For Uhtred, the sweetness of victory is soon overshadowed by tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing never again to serve the Saxon king. Instead, he will reclaim his ancestral fortress on the Northumbrian coast. Allied with his old friend Ragnar-and his old foe Haesten-he aims to invade and conquer Wessex itself.  But fate has different plans . . .

In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), delivers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England-an irresistible new chapter in his thrilling Saxon Tales, the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.


About Bernard Cornwell

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Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, and, most recently, The Burning Land; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
Published February 17, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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Mr. Cornwell's hero, Uhtred, is bitterly opposed to Alfred's plans, whatever they may be.

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THE BURNING LAND is the fifth Bernard Cornwell tale about Uhtred, a fierce ninth-century warlord battling his way through enemy shield walls in an England waiting to be united.

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Historical Novel Society

In The Burning Land, the fifth book of Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales saga, our hero Uhtred of Bebbanburg is back with his mighty sword Serpent-Breath, his dagger Wasp-Sting, and all the arrogance and bravado one man can exude as he fulfills his oath of allegiance to King Alfred the Great.

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It’s a great victory, the most comprehensive ever achieved over the invaders, but Alfred, ever uneasy with Uhtred’s pagan beliefs, allows a situation to develop that leaves Uhtred no choice – he must abandon the king and the court that he has done so much to defend, and join his Viking brothers i...

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