Sword Song (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord—warrior by instinct, Viking by nature—has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs: a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have arrived to occupy the decayed Roman city of London. Their dream is to conquer Wessex, and to do it they need Uhtred's help.

Alfred has other ideas. He wants Uhtred to expel the Viking raiders from London. Uhtred must weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles. And other storm clouds are gathering: Ætheleflæd—Alfred's daughter—is newly married, but by a cruel twist of fate, her very existence now threatens Alfred's kingdom. It is Uhtred—half Saxon, half Dane—whose uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future.

A gripping story of love, deceit, and violence, Sword Song is set in an England of tremendous turmoil and strife—yet one galvanized by the hope that Alfred may prove an enduring force. Uhtred, his lord of war and greatest warrior, has become his sword—a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain.


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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

To my thinking, Utred of Bebbengurgh is the best of Cornwell's creations, superior even to Richard Sharpe. This fourth installment has the useful, but grumpy, Utred saving London from a Danish attack, and rescuing Alfred's Daughter Aethelflaed, also from Danes. It's good fun. Read full review

Review: Sword Song (The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories #4)

User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

I almost want to bump this down to a 3, but I feel like it may be a 3.5 and I did truly enjoy it. Overall, Sword Song is just as enjoyable as the last three Saxon Stories books. Uhtred is Uhtred, the ... Read full review

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Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, and most recently Death of Kings; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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