By Bernard Cornwell
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 Allied along with his outdated good friend Ragnar—and his outdated foe Haesten—he goals to invade and overcome Wessex itself.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.
Arthur Books 2 The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell