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By Bernard Cornwell

ISBN-10: 0060888741

ISBN-13: 9780060888749

In a conflict of heroes, the dominion is born. on the finish of the 9th century, King Alfred of Wessex is in sick future health; his inheritor, an untested formative years. His enemy, the Danes, having did not overcome Wessex, now see their likelihood for victory. Led through the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes assault. yet Uhtred, Alfred's reluctant warlord, proves his worthy, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings considered one of their maximum defeats. For Uhtred, the beauty of victory is quickly overshadowed through tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing by no means back to serve the Saxon king. as a substitute, he'll reclaim his ancestral castle at the Northumbrian coast. Allied along with his outdated good friend Ragnar—and his outdated foe Haesten—he goals to invade and overcome Wessex itself. but destiny has varied plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. whilst Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for support, he can't refuse her request. In a determined gamble, he is taking command of a demoralized Mercian military, major them in an unforgettable conflict on a blood-soaked box beside the Thames. within the Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of ancient fiction" (USA Today), provides a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England—an impossible to resist new bankruptcy in his exciting Saxon stories, the epic tale of the delivery of britain and the mythical king who made it attainable.

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I loved Mer­lin like a fa­ther, but I was in no mood for more rid­dles. I just want­ed to be as far from Cein­wyn and Lancelot as the Gods would let me go. I wait­ed un­til I thought Mer­lin was on the far side of the hall and that it was safe for me to leave with­out him spot­ting me, but it was just at that mo­ment that his voice whis­pered in my ear. ’ he asked, then he gave an elab­orate groan as he set­tled on the floor be­side me. He liked pre­tend­ing that his great age had made him fee­ble, and he made a great play of mas­sag­ing his knees and groan­ing at the pain in his joints.

I won­dered if hors­es dreamed of bat­tle, then won­dered if the dead, new­ly ar­rived in the Oth­er­world, still shud­dered at the mem­ory of the sword stroke or spear blow that had sent their souls across the bridge of swords. ’ Arthur in­ter­rupt­ed my thoughts. ‘Dead, Lord,’ I con­firmed. The King of Sil­uria had died ear­li­er in the evening, but I had not seen Arthur since the mo­ment when Nimue had pinched out her en­emy’s life. ‘I heard him scream­ing,’ Arthur said in a mat­ter-​of-​fact voice.

Mag­ic was dif­fi­cult, but I be­lieved in it. Mer­lin leaned even clos­er to my ear. ’ A harpist struck the chord that would sum­mon the bards for the singing. The war­riors’ voic­es died away as a chill wind gust­ed rain through the open door and flick­ered the small flames of the tal­low can­dles and the grease-​soaked rush lights. ‘Your soul’s de­sire,’ Mer­lin whis­pered again, but when I looked to my left he had some­how van­ished. And in the night the thun­der growled. The Gods were abroad and I was sum­moned to Dol­for­wyn.

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