The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

The Burning Land

By Bernard Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
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In a clash of heroes, the kingdom is born.

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.

Yet fate has different plans. The Danes of East Anglia and the Vikings of Northumbria are plotting the conquest of all Britain. When Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred for help, he cannot refuse her request. In a desperate gamble, he takes command of a demoralized Mercian army, leading them in an unforgettable battle on a blood-soaked field beside the Thames.

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.


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    By theworldawaits_74
    I love this series. After the third or fourth book in the series I'm usually bored and want to move on to something new. The Saxon Stories have kept me entertained and excited to read the next book. I love historical fiction but often it has too much romance, these books have just the right amount.
  • The Burning Land

    By Xyzasd
    An excellent read and historical novel
  • The Burning Land

    By rowan tree
    A fantastic read by the master story teller. It will captivate you.
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    By Perpen20
    How was the book published in 2075?
  • A great book

    By Sol1
    Another great book in the Saxon trilogy. I zipped through the book in a very short time. Very hard to put down.